The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since the original founding in California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a dozen iterations over the years, including five years, between Dirt, Silver & Gold (1976) and Let's Go (1983), when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band.
Prior to major success, the band made a cameo appearance in the 1969 film Paint Your Wagon, leading a lively bluegrass-like song titled, "Hand Me Down That Can of Beans".
The band's best-known song was a 1970 cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's folk song "Mr Bojangles". Their greatest critical acclaim has been for a 1972 album of country and folk standards, recorded in Nashville in collaboration with more traditional country artists, entitled Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Will the Circle be Unbroken was a collaboration album recorded with traditional country artists such as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Watson, Jimmy Martin, Junior Huskey, Norman Blake, and Pete Oswald Kirby (known to Grand Ole Opry fa...