Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to be inducted into Colorado Music Hall of Fame |

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to be inducted into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and will perform at the induction concert in Denver on Jan. 9. From left to right, Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson, John McEuen and Les Thompson.
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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in early 2015, the music hall announced this week.

Beloved in Aspen, the Dirt Band moved here from southern California in 1971 and was based here during its ascendant run on the national and international country, folk and rock scene, providing a soundtrack to the ski town’s hippie heyday. The band’s early 1970s shows at the Aspen Inn are the stuff of local legend.

The Dirt Band will be joined by Poco, Firefall and Manassas in the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

Hall of Fame director G Brown said Dirt Band original members Jeff Hanna, John McEuen and Jimmie Fadden, along with Bob Carpenter – who joined the group in 1977 – will play at the Hall of Fame induction concert on Jan. 9 at the Paramount Theater in Denver.

Brown is hopeful that singer-guitarist Jimmy Ibbotson, who still lives in Woody Creek and hasn’t played with the band in a decade, will join in for the celebratory concert.

“His band mates have approached him and everyone is excited for his participation,” Brown said.

Though its membership has changed over the years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been together for 48 years. Along with its Aspen years and musical breakthroughs like the anthology “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the band is band is being honored for historic achievements like its pioneering 1977 tour of Russia and the slew of Top 10 hits it recorded in the 1980s.

Fellow inductee Poco was formed in 1968, as Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina sought to assemble a band of their own. They recruited pedal steel guitarist Rusty Young and drummer George Grantham from Denver’s Böenzee Cryque. Like the Dirt Band, Poco moved to Colorado in 1971. Furay, Young, Cotton, and Grantham will perform at the induction concert.

Firefall, of Boulder, “defined the ‘Colorado sound’ of the 1970s,” reads the Hall of Fame announcement. Funded by singer-songwriter Rick Roberts and former Zephyr guitarist Jock Bartley in the summer of 1974, their hits included “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You.” They’ll play the induction show alongside fellow charter members Mark Andes, Larry Burnett, and David Muse.

The Stephen Stills Boulder-based project Manassas is also due for induction, honoring the band’s two-year, two-album run from 1972-73. A tribute to Stills and Manassas is planned for the induction concert.

Past inductees into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame include John Denver, the Astronauts, Sugarloaf, Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind and Chris Daniels.

Tickets run $39 to $99 for the induction concert. They go on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at

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