One of the biggest bands of the last half century which can cross multiple musical genres between folk, rock and country will be playing in Baker for the 2021 Fallon County Fair.
It will be the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band taking the main stage Aug. 21.
The Fallon County Fair made the announcement on Facebook April 7, saying “It’s official! Nitty Gritty Dirt Band right here Saturday Night of the Fallon County Fair!
Tickets will be available at www.falcofair.com June 18!”
The band will be making Baker one of its early stops on its tour, after a group of concert dates through July were postponed.
The band was originally started in the Southern California community of Long Beach and has been active ever since. It also has been known as the Dirt Band and the Toot Uncommons over the years.
Since the band started, it has won Grammys, appeared in the 1969 movie “Paint Your Wagon” with Clint Eastwood, and were opening acts for The Doors and for Jack Benny.
Among the biggest successes has been the band’s cover of Mr. Bojangles. That version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s song peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent 36 weeks on the chart.
In 1977, the band had 28 sold out concerts in the Soviet Union. They also performed during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and also at the first Farm-Aid concert.
In 1989, the group won the Country Music Awards for Album of the year and also two Grammy awards.
In 2004, the band won a Grammy for best country instrumental and was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
The band has changed members over the years, with the current members listed as Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, Jim Photoglo, Jaime Hanna and Ross Holmes. Hanna and Fadden have been with the band since the mid-1960s.
In addition to “Mr Bojangles,” other notable singles the band has made over the years include:
•“House at Pooh Corner”
•“I Saw the Light”
•“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
•“The Battle of New Orleans”
•“All I Have to Do Is Dream”