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Surviving the Music Industry

Jun 4, 2019

Music documentaries, new music, and reflecting on a 54-year career with Jeff Hanna and Austin Plaine. Austin and I talk the inevitable dad talk and how music doc's are ruining our lives. We eventually get to his latest release and style. Jeff Hanna, front member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and I reflect on a 54-year career across multiple genres of music. 


Insightful and picking up on life's subtle moments, artist and songwriter Austin Plaine shares some insight into his process. Originally from Minnesota, Austin turned away from a legal career to write and record music in Nashville, TN. Releasing his latest record on June 28th, Stratford, Austin popped into the attic to talk about his songs and style. It's Gucci-good. Follow him @austinplaine for updates and visit for tour dates. 


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was founded around 1966 in Long Beach, California, by singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna. As part of the Southern California scene, past members include Jackson Browne, Jimmie Fadden, Jimmy Ibbotson, Bernie Leadon, and others that have influenced and shaped the sound of American Rock music. The band's successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Albums include 1972's Will the Circle be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold, won two Grammys, and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. In our conversation, we take the time to understand the 60's and the "Jug Band" era of the band's history. We interweave hidden gems like Steve Martin's backing band for "King Tut", recording Will the Circle Be Unbroken, touring the USSR, the highs and lows of a career in music, and even being banned from radio for blasphemy. The band tours to this day and you can see all their tour dates by visiting, and follow them at @nittygrittydirtband.