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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs in Copper Mountain

Leslie Brefeld
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

COPPER MOUNTAIN ” A new Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album will be out soon and includes songs that sound, well, like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, according to keyboardist Bob Carpenter.

He described them as “story songs, three-part harmony, acoustic.”

Carpenter said they are also playing the same instruments as usual on the new record, including Jeff Hanna on mandolin and electric guitar, Jimmie Fadden singing and playing harmonica and drums and John McEuen playing banjo, mandolin and guitar.

“We just went in a did what we know how to do,” he said.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also has a new version of their ’70s hit, “Mr Bojangles,” featuring Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, which will be available on iTunes in October.

Carpenter said the band has been touring heavily this summer.

“If you put a map of the United States in front of you and throw a dart, we’ve been there,” he said.

The band has won Grammy awards in both bluegrass and country.

“We play a lot of different music because we have different influences.” He said their music, along with country and bluegrass, has been dubbed Americana, traditional country and Cajun.

“We let other people decide what they are going to call it.”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays a ticketed show at 5 p.m. on Sunday of Copper Country.

Carpenter said at the local show they will be doing music from every period of their career, including all three ” Will the Circle Be Unbroken” albums.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at 970-668-4626 or

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