Monday, November 13, 2006

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy"
US Country-Rock 1970

The first album issued by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band after they had temporarily disbanded in 1969, this greatly expanded their pop audience, due primarily to the Top Ten hit cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles" (which actually wasn't a hit until early 1971). The group moved into a more accessible rock-oriented fusion of country, bluegrass, pop, and rock & roll, relying primarily on smartly chosen covers of tunes by the likes of Walker, Mike Nesmith, Randy Newman, and Kenny Loggins. Few bands had incorporated instruments more commonly associated with country and bluegrass, particularly mandolin and banjo, as comfortably into a rock setting prior to this release, and their well-crafted harmonies help put the songs over for those not-steeped-in backwoods sounds. It was an extremely diverse program for a country-rock album, too, moving from rustic instrumentals and snippets of tapes of elderly musicians performing rural Americana to the Buddy Holly cover "Rave On." The group were actually at their best, though, when doing softer, melodic pop tunes. "Mr. Bojangles" was a deserved huge success in that regard, but Nesmith's "Some of Shelley's Blues" and Loggins' "House at Pooh Corner" were almost as catchy and appealing. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide


Blogger patrick said...

i daresay a comment is overdue, as your blog has become a fixture in my daily audio-life. among others, i'd mention Matthews Southern Comfort as a group I'm glad to've been introduced to. thank you a million. 'have any rare gene clark releases?

13 November, 2006 06:16  
Blogger chuckmyr said...

Great album, thanks for this and your other post.

13 November, 2006 06:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you again for this fantastic one!!!!

Best wishes to you


13 November, 2006 06:45  
Blogger vinylhed said...

I'll be interested to hear this album, as I only own the 3 Will The Circle Be Unbroken albums.

Thanks Liz

13 November, 2006 10:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thans for this and all the other great music you have made available. keep up the good work nice to have a blog where the "folk" music is givem its due focus

13 November, 2006 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

huaouu!! you have found it!
thankss very very much.
one your follower

14 November, 2006 00:16  
Anonymous Karel said...

Thanks a lot!

16 November, 2006 18:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah thanx for that!!!

I was living in the Soviet Union, devoid of everythig concerning Western musical (& other) culture; but somehow the power frogs gave yes to 1 single concert of NGTB at the Theatre of Estrada. ...That was the the first time I actually cried in public... And we bought a bottle of strong wine - and pushing aside KGB men managed to pass it around w/the musicians! That was something I'll never forget...
Later I recorded a triple collection called 'Dirt, Silver & Gold'. It spans a very large space of time & it's excellent. But somehow & surprisingly, I never had their basic albums. Guess it's the first now. - Thank you, your blog is really a kinda trip thro' & to times that..... But I'm not an old toad (only 46), & my son digs it as well. Thinkin 'bout postin' some of my old rarities just to round up your store offer... if you don't mind of course.
Somehow, anyhow, THANK YA BROTHER!

29 December, 2006 12:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael R (just forgot to sign for that 'yeah thanx' message).

29 December, 2006 13:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long time after you did this post, the link still works and i thank you a lot. long life to your blog

01 June, 2007 05:37  
Blogger Farlac said...

I saw them play in a Missouri park in 1976! Unfortunately there were only about 10 people there. I was only about 8 years old and did not fully apppreciate it at the time. I wish I could go back in time and relive that opportunity.

29 July, 2007 04:42  

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