Will The Circle Be Unbroken -- When The Hippies Jammed With The Hillbillies

By Linda Speckhals
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Source: (nostalgiacentral.com).

They Began In An Entirely Different Genre

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started as a psychedelic string band, and after three albums, they had only had one minor hit, “Buy For Me The Rain.” They changed course a bit with their 1970 album, Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy, which introduced “House At Pooh Corner,” and also included a cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles,” which was quite different from the other music being released at the time. “Mr. Bojangles,” a stripped-down country song, was a hit, and the band, a group of California hippies, decided to continue on that path that the song set out for them.