Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Chronicles 50-Year Career On ‘Anthology’

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s unparalleled 50-year career is celebrated in a new retrospective two-disc set, Anthology, due out Sept. 29 on Capitol Nashville/ UMeThe collection covers the band’s recording career from “Buy For Me The Rain,” the first track from their 1967 self-titled Capitol Records debut, all the way to “The Resurrection,” from their most recent studio release, 2009’s Speed of Life.

“We really wanted this collection to historically reflect our band’s timeline, but in addition to that, felt like it was important to include deeper cuts,” says NGDB member Jeff Hanna.

Among the songs fans can expect on the 39-track career overview are the classic 1970 hit “Mr. Bojangles,” “An American Dream” featuring Troubadour pal Linda Ronstadt, “Make a Little Magic” with Nicolette Larson, 1984’s “Long Hard Road (Sharecropper’s Dream)” penned by Rodney Crowell and featuring Ricky Skaggs on fiddle and a young Jerry Douglas on Dobro, 1987’s platinum-certified “Fishin’ In The Dark,” and many, many more, all in chronological order of release.

The set also includes favorites from the groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken album and its sequels, featuring a dozen cuts from the three volumes. Will The Circle Be Unbroken has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

Anthology is available for preorder now at



  1. Buy For Me The Rain
  2. Some Of Shelly’s Blues
  3. Uncle Charlie Interview
  4. Mr. Bojangles
  5. Randy Lynn Rag
  6. House At Pooh Corner
  7. Opus 36
  8. Fish Song
  9. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
  10. Grand Ole Opry Song (featuring Jimmy Martin)
  11. You Are My Flower
  12. Tennessee Stud (featuring Doc Watson)
  13. I Saw The Light (featuring Roy Acuff)
  14. Honky Tonkin’
  15. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (featuring Mother Maybelle Carter)
  16. Cosmic Cowboy (Part 1)
  17. Battle Of New Orleans
  18. Bayou Jubilee/Sally Was A Goodun
  19. Ripplin’ Waters
  20. Mother Earth (Provides For Me)
  21. Bowlegs


  1. An American Dream (featuring Linda Ronstadt)
  2. Make A Little Magic (featuring Nicolette Larson)
  3. Shot Full Of Love
  4. Dance Little Jean
  5. Colorado Christmas (featuring Emmylou Harris)
  6. Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)
  7. Fishin’ In The Dark
  8. Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go)
  9. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (featuring Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman)
  10. The Valley Road (featuring Bruce Hornsby)
  11. When It’s Gone
  12. Waitin’ On A Dark Eyed Gal
  13. Bless The Broken Road
  14. Catfish John (featuring Alison Krauss)
  15. The Lowlands (featuring Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen)
  16. Tears In The Holston River (featuring Johnny Cash)
  17. Midnight At Woody Creek
  18. The Resurrection (featuring Matraca Berg)


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