Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Announce Final Tour Celebrating Nearly 60 Years of Music

The Farewell Tour will bring the “Fishin’ In The Dark” singers to various cities around the U.S.

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 16, 2024

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GRAMMY Award-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band announced plans to embark on a final tour early Tuesday morning. 

A Tour To Celebrate Nearly Six Decades Of Music

Kicking off on March 21, 2023, the All The Good Times: The Farewell Tour will bring the “Fishin’ In The Dark” singers to various cities around the U.S., including Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, and Knoxville, TN, through September 14. This trek will celebrate the band’s nearly 60 years of music-making. 

“‘All The Good Times’ perfectly describes our career,” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shared in a statement. “Playing our music for Dirt Band fans all over the world has been an incredible experience for us. The most important part of that has been the connection to our audience—that beautiful communal give and take is like nothing else. That’s the very spirit we’ll be celebrating as we head into our farewell tour. We’re really looking forward to seeing you folks. Good times will be had by all!” 

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The band promises that this is not goodbye forever, but a farewell to the long, multi-city tours that they have become accustomed to over the years. Additional dates may be added to the trek and the full list of dates for the first leg are included below. Tickets for the majority of shows can be purchased beginning Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 am local time. The band is also offering VIP packages for the bulk of the just-announced tour dates. 

Who Is The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band?

Featuring a compelling lineup that includes founding members Jeff Hanna (lead vocals, guitar) and Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica, vocals), along with longtime bandmate Bob Carpenter (keys, vocals), a member since 1980, as well as Jim Photoglo (bass, vocals), Jaime Hanna (guitar, vocals), and Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stands as one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music. Originating as a jug band in Southern California in 1966, they evolved into a cornerstone of the country-rock scene by 1969. The breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy” and the hit single, “Mr. Bojangles.” Noteworthy collaborations followed, including the groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” series in 1972, featuring renowned bluegrass, country, and folk artists. Achieving success on the U.S. Country charts with hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Modern Day Romance,” and “Long Hard Road,” The Dirt Band has earned GRAMMY, CMA, and IBMA Awards. Their PBS special, “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends – Fifty Years, Circlin’ Back!” won an Emmy Award. Their latest album, “Dirt Does Dylan,” released in 2022, has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Farewell Tour
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Farewell Tour

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s ALL THE GOOD TIMES: The Farewell Tour Dates

March 21 – Bowling Green, KY – SKyPAC – Main Hall

March 22 – Bloomington, IL – Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts

March 23 – Mount Vernon, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

March 24 – Marietta, OH – Peoples Bank Theatre

March 28 – Odessa, TX – The Ector Theatre

March 29 – Abilene, TX – Outlaws and Legends Music Festival

March 30 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre

April 25 – Shreveport, LA – The Strand Theatre

April 28 – Oxford, AL – Oxford Performing Arts Center

May 9 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre

May 10 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino

May 11 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino

May 12 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre

May 17 – Raleigh, NC* – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

May 18 – Bristow, VA* – Jiffy Lube Live

May 19 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre

June 21 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater 

June 22 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre 

June 23 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua 

June 27 – Sioux Falls, SD – Alliance Center 

June 28 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Event Center

June 29 – Bismarck, ND – Belle Mehus Auditorium

June 30 – Dauphin, MB, Canada – Dauphin’s Countryfest

July 11 – Mayetta, KS – Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Great Lakes Ballroom

July 12 – Jefferson City, MO – Capital Region MU Health Care Amphitheater

July 13 – Newkirk, OK – 7 Clans First Council Casino 

July 25 – Lubbock, TX – The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences – Helen DeVitt Jones Theater

July 26 – New Braunfels, TX# – Whitewater Amphitheater

July 27 – Fort Worth, TX – Bass Performance Hall

July 28 – Amarillo, TX – Globe-News Center For The Performing Arts

September 14 – Kansas City, MO* – T-Mobile Center

* with Hank Williams, Jr.

# with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Additional dates to be announced soon.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.