Americana pioneers Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have taken on another American institution near and dear to their hearts in their fifth decade of existence: the Bob Dylan songbook. On May 20th, the band will be releasing Dirt Does Dylan, a ten-track album highlighting some of the gems from Dylan’s catalog with the help of three new band members: fiddle specialist Ross Holmes, singer-songwriter and bass player Jim Photoglo (who wrote one of the Dirt Band’s biggest hits, “Fishin’ in the Dark”), and Dirt Band founder Jeff Hanna’s son, the singer and guitarist Jaime Hanna.

Produced and recorded by Ray Kennedy at Room & Board Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Dirt Does Dylan also features friends like Jason Isbell, The War & Treaty, Steve Earle, and Rosanne Cash, to name a few. 

The Dirt Band’s cover of “I Shall Be Released” has already been made public, which Dylan originally recorded with The Band during their Basement Tapes sessions. On this version of the tune, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, better known as accomplished Blues-Rock duo Larkin Poe, lend their voices and Megan’s lap steel guitar skills to the mix. An accompanying video has also been released.

Tracklisting: 

1. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You

2. Girl from the North Country

3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

4. Country Pie

5. I Shall Be Released (ft. Larkin Poe)

6. She Belongs to Me

7. Forever Young

8. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (ft. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, and The War and Treaty)

9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

10. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)

Catch Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on tour:

Apr. 9 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Resort

Apr. 29 – Chattanooga, TN – Robert Kirk Walker Theatre

Apr. 30 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theatre

May 1 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest 2022

May 13 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre

May 14 – New York, NY – City Winery

May 15 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery

May 19 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheatre

May 20 – Papillion, NE – Sumtur Amphitheater

May 21 – Chesterfield, MO – Chesterfield Amphitheatre

May 22 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater

June 9 – Eureka Springs, AR – Eureka Springs City Auditorium

June 10 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

June 11 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

June 24 – Grand Junction, CO – Country Jam 2022

June 25 – North Platte, NE – Nebraskaland Days

July 14 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort

July 15 – Decorah, IA – Winneshiek County Fair

July 16 – Chicago, IL – City Winery

July 21 – Marietta, OH – Peoples Bank Theatre

July 22 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate Performing Arts Center

July 23 – Twin Lakes, WI – Country Thunder Wisconsin 2022

Aug. 3 – McMinnville, OR – Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo

Aug. 4 – Boise, ID – The Egyptian Theatre

Aug. 6 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Aug. 12 – Hinckley, MN – Grand Country Nights 2022

Aug. 13 – South West Fargo, ND – Lights Amphitheater

Aug. 18 – Three Forks, MT – Headwaters Country Jam 2022

Aug. 19 – Rexford, MT – Abayance Bay Marina

Aug. 27 – Gilbert, AZ – Higley Center For The Performing Arts

Aug. 28 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Sept. 2 – Orange Park, FL – Thrasher-Horne Center

Sept. 3 – Mill Spring, NC – The Earl Scruggs Music Festival 2022