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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Shooting Star Friday

Country rock icons The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform this Friday, Nov. 22 at the Shooting Star. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform live on stage at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center, located at 777 Casino Road in Mahnomen, Minnesota, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at, or via the “Events” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page.

Formed in California in 1965, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots music.

In the early ‘60s, the band began as a folk duo consisting of Jeff Hanna and Bruce Kunkel, known at the time as the New Coast Two.

It was during their time in college that they met Ralph Barr, Les Thompson, Jimmie Fadden, and Jackson Browne at a local guitar shop. This lineup became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in late 1965 and began playing jug band music at local clubs around Southern California.

Considered younger contemporaries of The Byrds, the band’s accomplishments include a long list of multi-platinum and gold records, strings of Top 10 hits, and multiple Grammy, International Blue Grass Association (IBMA), and Country Music Association (CMA) awards and nominations.

The band’s success continued throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, and in 1989, the group won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2.”

Currently, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is on tour promoting their most recent release, “Speed of Life,” with stops in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, before their performance at Shooting Star.