Nitty Gritty Willie
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will accompany the Redheaded Stranger on the trek, which begins April 27 at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. Shows are booked in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, finishing at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s May 14.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band won a Grammy earlier this year for “Earl’s Breakdown,” a collaboration with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements. The nearly four-decade-old group released its latest album, Welcome To Woody Creek, last year.
Willie has had a busy year, organizing the 20th annual Farm Aid this past summer as well as a hurricane relief benefit from his Texas truck stop theatre, Willie’s Place. He also starred in the film “Dukes of Hazzard” and released his long-awaited reggae album, Countryman.