The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates First Gold Digital Certification


Nashville, Tenn. – Over two decades after its release, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s (NGDB) No. 1 hit single “Fishin’ in the Dark” is still setting records.  The classic song has been certified GOLD by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000 copies.  “Fishin’ in the Dark” was a monster hit for NGDB dominating the No. 1 spot on the country charts in both the US and Canada in 1987.  It was first released digitally in 2009.

“’Fishin’ in the Dark’ seems to have a life of its own and has certainly become a signature song for us over the years,” said band member Jeff Hanna. “We love that this song has become a summer anthem and continues to appeal to new audiences year after year.”

Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, NGDB continues to add to their already legendary status.  With multi-platinum and gold records, a string of top ten hits, multiple Grammy, CMA, ACM and IBMA Awards and nominations, and now a GOLD Digital Certification, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Showing no signs of slowing down, NGDB is currently on an extensive North American Tour.  The band is celebrating another HUGE milestone this year, over four decades of touring and making music!

NGDB is currently on the road in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album Speed of Life (2009, Sugar Hill Records). For a full list of tour dates, visit

05/07/2011 – Fort Yates, ND – Prairie Knights Casino & Resort
06/03/2011 – Scottown, OH – Appalachian Uprising Bluegrass
06/04/2011 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
06/16/2011 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
06/17/2011 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky Country Day School Theater
06/18/2011 – Springfield, MO – Show Me Music Festival
06/19/2011 – Littleton, CO – Hudson Gardens and Event Center
06/24/2011 – Manhattan, KS – The Country Stampede Tuttle Creek State Park
06/25/2011 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
06/26/2011 – Laytonville, CA – Kate Wolf Memorial Music
07/03/2011 – Mountain View, AR – Ozark Folk Center
07/08/2011 – Huntley, MT – Huntley Homesteader Days Festival
07/09/2011 – Libby, MT – CARD Summer Concert
07/24/2011 – Twin Lakes, WI – Country Thunder USA
07/27/2011 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair
07/30/2011 – Sweet Home, OR – Oregon Jamboree