Album: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Speed of Life (Sugar Hill)
Sunday 18 October 2009
The Nitties were one of those happy aggregations that spent the late 1960s alloying the American folk tradition with new-fangled West Coast rock, to no discernable impact on the drift of Western culture – even when Jackson Browne was briefly a member.
This umpteenth effort is beautifully recorded by George Massenberg in Nashville and a joy for connoisseurs of tasty playing. But, as ever, the lack of strong vocal presence means that Western culture may continue its drift undisturbed. Banjos, gentlemen!
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