Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: New Album, Speed of Life to be Released in September

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – the iconic and profoundly influential group often cited as a major Americana and roots music pioneer – have finished work on their first studio album in five years, Speed of Life. The new album, out September 22, finds the band at their laid back, ramshackle best, eschewing their frequent collaborative approach here for a set of songs anchored by the remarkably deft musicianship and diverse songwriting of the core band, which includes Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen.

Recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird Studio and produced by legendary recording guru George Massenburg and Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Jon Randall Stewart, Speed of Life kicks off with Jimmie Fadden’s blistering harmonica on the opening track “Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble to Me,” setting the tone for an album that spans the gamut from the wistful and flawless vocal harmony of “Resurrection” to “Lost In The Pines,” John McEuen’s evocative banjo showpiece. Speed of Life features 13 tracks, including new tunes penned by the band (with help from a handful of friends) and two covers: the Woodstock classic “Going Up The Country” and “Stuck In The Middle.”

Speed of Life Track List:

1. Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble To Me (Shawn Camp / Mark D. Sanders)
2. Brand New Heartache (Jeff Hanna / Donny Lowery)
3. The Resurrection (Matraca Berg / Alice Randall)
4. Somethin’ Dangerous (Bob Carpenter / Tom Kell / Phil Soussan)
5. Going Up The Country (Alan Wilson)
6. Jimmy Martin (Phil Madeira / Jimmie Lee Sloas)
7. Lost In The Pines (John McEuen)
8. Speed of Life (Gary Scruggs)
9. Amazing Love (Bob Carpenter / Jeff Hanna / Tom Kell)
10. Stuck In The Middle (Joe Egan / Gerry Rafferty)
11. Earthquake (Bob Carpenter / John McEuen)
12. Tryin’ To Try (Jimmie Fadden / Guy Clark)
13. It’s Good To Be Alive (Matraca Berg / Troy Verges)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tour Dates:
07/03/09 Fri Marin County Fair San Rafael, CA
07/17/09 Fri Rosebud Casino Valentine, NE
07/18/09 Sat Cedar County Fair Hartington, NE
07/21/09 Tue Hide Out Lounge Great Falls, MT
07/22/09 Wed Park County Fair Powell, WY
07/24/09 Fri Teton County Fairgrounds Jackson, WY
07/25/09 Sat Avalon Theatre Grand Junction, CO
07/26/09 Sun Hudson Gardens & Event Center Littleton, CO
07/29/09 Wed Soboba Casino San Jacinto, CA
08/14/09 Fri Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival Ozark, AR
08/15/09 Sat Grand Ole Opry House Nashville, TN
08/29/09 Sat Prairie Knights Casino Fort Yates, ND
10/03/09 Sat Wheeling Island Casino Wheeling, WV
10/04/09 Sun Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, PA
10/23/09 Fri Mansion America Theater Branson, MO
10/24/09 Sat Rickman Auditorium Arnold, MO