Orange County proto-hippie cowboys still plying their ornery trade

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Volume III

The NGDB formed in summer of ’66 as a notional way of “not working for a living”. From McCabe’s Guitar Store origins to the present day represents a major skive. Jeff Hanna remains as a link to the old days, and nowadays the Nits function as a repository for Americana. Special guests on this latest include the Scruggs family, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty (adding vocals to “Goodnight Irene”), Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris. Adept at all manner of stringy stuff, from country blues to bluegrass hoedowns, Hanna’s hombres kick over the traces like past masters who might still teach the young ‘uns how it’s done.