Since the heady days of the 1966 flower power uprising, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been trucking along the country-rock highway. Starting like many groups of the day as a jug band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band soon found its niche in the influential sub-genre of "country rock." Its 1970 version of fringe country legend Jerry Jeff Walker's bittersweet tune, "Mr. Bojangles," was their biggest hit and became its signature song. The song had all the sonic ingredients that would define the band's sound and showed a mature group deeply influenced by the emerging California country rock scene. Although this was its first and only Top 10 hit, the group has been a staple on the country charts for more than three decades. Through it all, The Nitty Grittys have never slowed down. Check them out at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza in Fort Worth. Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit billybobstexas.com.
Sat., June 20, 2009