ARTIST: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
TITLE: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #161
SINGLES: Buy for Me the Rain (#45)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Heck no.
LINEUP: Bruce Kunkel, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Ralphy Barr, Les Thompson, John McEuen
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An album split between country-infused folk rock and songs that sound like they came from the Roaring Twenties. Only a few are successful.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For some reason, the Roaring Twenties came back in vogue somewhat in the late 60’s. Also, during that time, country and rock were fusing together. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took those two elements, and made a distinctly split album.
The country rock they did was a little ahead of their time. It probably was more country-folk than true country rock but it all conglomerated at the time. What the trouble is are the songs that sound like they’re from the twenties. They just don’t work.
Soon, the NGDB would move towards truer country rock or even true country (they hint about this with “Dismal Swamp” a showcase for John McEuen on the banjo). Here, though, they try to have it both ways, and one way fails.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Jackson Browne, who was briefly in the band before they got a contract, wrote two songs on this album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+-: It’s half a good record, and half of a mistaken period piece.