459. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Although they did not receive the same the level of commercial success or critical acclaim as other Country Rock bands, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is one of the longest lasting and pivotal bands of the genre. They came out of the Southern California Folk Rock movement and were part of the group that melded it with Country. The Nashville community seemed to embrace the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band more than other Country Rock bands of their era, yet simultaneously they did not receive the same kind of love from the Rock and Roll community. The latter point will probably be enough to keep them out of the Hall.