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Album Review

While this is a nice-sounding album, there is really nothing here to distinguish it from Poco, the Eagles, or any of the other country-rock bands making records throughout the late '70s and early '80s.

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NGDB entertains, as always, in Plain Dirt Fashion

Despite the lukewarm "professional" review, I've loved this album since it was first released in 1984. The Dirt Band, a pioneering band of the country-rock sound, had a long tradition of experimenting with a variety of eclectic musical styles from Jug Band (their early albums) traditional country (Will the Circle Be Unbroken) light jazz (the Dirt Band) flirting with Punk (Jealousy) and incorporating pop, folk and mainstream rock along the way. Here, they've updated and perfected their Country sound. Its important to note that nearly a quarter of a century later, its sounds as fresh and contemporary as anything being done in modern County music. The album starts with a strong cover of one of Rodney Crowell's finest songs "Long Hard Road" before launcing into the upbeat top 40 hit, "High Horse." The album is chalk full of gems including covers of their friend and collobator Steve Goodman's "Face On The Cutting Room Floor" (co-written by the band) and the poignant "Video Tape" (released after Goodman's death), along with countrified covers of Springsteen's "Cadillac Ranch" and Jim Steinman's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (formerly a hit for Meatloaf.) The Dirt Band has walked a long hard road since this album was released: disbanding, reuniting and struggling for airplay in the vapid music market of modern day radio. But their legend is based on consistently great albums and live shows over the last 40 years, and this one particularly is a must-have for any Americana music collection.

Nothing Plain about Plain Dirt Fashion

This is truly an excellent album, containing several bonafide country hits (Long Hard Road, High Horse, I Love Only You) plus an excellent Steve Goodman penned song that they still frequently perform today (Face on the Cutting Room Floor). Another strong track is "Til the Fire Burned Out" which definitely had a Restless Heart feel to it. Not all music has to blaze some sort of creative trail; sometimes it's good enough simply to be entertaining and enjoyable. In that regard, Plain Dirt Fashion certainly qualifies!


Formed: 1966 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Founded in California during 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has lasted longer than virtually any other country-based rock group of their era. Younger contemporaries of the Byrds, they played an almost equally important role in the transformation from folk-rock into country-rock, and were an influence on such bands as the Eagles and Alabama. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's beginnings lay with the New Coast Two, a folk duo consisting of Jeff Hanna (guitar, vocals) and Bruce Kunkel (guitar, washtub bass),...
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