Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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The Group Releases More Great Dirt, the second authorized Greatest Hits LP. Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. II is hailed internationally for uniting old and new singers, such as Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, and others. Circle II goes gold in the US and Canada, and wins 3 Grammy's and the CMA Album of the Year. A long-form video documentary "The Making of Will the Circle be Unbroken II" is released on Cabin Fever Entertainment. The Dirt Band returns to the Soviet Union for 3 sold out performances, and national Soviet TV appearances. The Rest of the Dream is released in June 1990, produced by the band and Randy Scruggs, who produced Circle II. In late 1990, the band goes on a major tour including Canada, Europe, and Japan. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band commemorates their 25th anniversary by recording a live album Live Two Five in Red Deer, produced by T-Bone Burnett. They return to their original label, Liberty Records, to record Not Fade Away in August 1992. The prestigious Aspen School of Music creates their first scholarship honoring a pop group in the band's name. 20 Years of Dirt is certified gold at the end of 1993. In early 1994, the band returns to the studio and their origins, recording Acoustic, a self-penned, self-produced project that spotlights the "wooden" sound they have championed for years. Uncle Charlie and Will The Circle Be Unbroken, tow historical records, are released on CD. In 1996, the band records a duet with Karla Bonoff, "You Believed in Me", to appear on the MCA Olympic album One Voice. They also record, "Maybe Baby" for the Buddy Holly tribute album Not Fade Away on Decca Records, and in 1996 celebrate 30 years on the road. In 1997 they release The Christmas Album. In May 1999 they released Bang! Bang! Bang!.
In 2001, the band performs several shows with founding member John McEuen for the first time in 15 years. A 2002 tour is planned, marking the first full touring season with this classic lineup.
In Spring 2002, Capitol records releases the 30th Anniversary Edition of the landmark "Will the Circle be Unbroken".
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