Make a Little Magic

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Make a Little Magic
Studio album by
ProducerJeff Hanna, Bob Edwards
The Dirt Band chronology
An American Dream
Make a Little Magic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Make a Little Magic is the twelfth album from The Dirt Band, formerly known as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This album includes the title cut which reached number 77 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart but peaked at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] with Nicolette Larson singing backup. The album reached number 62 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It also includes their cover version of the Cindy Bullens tune, "Anxious Heart".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Make a Little Magic" (Hanna, Hathaway, Carpenter) - 3:55
  2. "Badlands" (Hathaway, Carpenter, Hanna) - 4:14
  3. "High School Yearbook" (Hanna, Hathaway, Carpenter) - 2:44
  4. "Leigh Anne" (Holster) - 4:10
  5. "Riding Alone" (Hathaway, Carpenter, Hanna) - 2:20
  6. "Anxious Heart" (Bullens, Veitch) - 2:43
  7. "Do It! (Party Lights)" (Fadden, Carpenter, Hathaway, Hanna) - 4:24
  8. "Harmony" (Hanna, Fadden) - 4:22
  9. "Too Good to Be True" (Carpenter, Hanna) - 3:38
  10. "Mullen's Farewell to America" (McEuen, Garth) - 1:48


  • Jimmie Fadden - electric and acoustic harmonica
  • John McEuen - lap steel guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar on "Mullen's Farwell"
  • Jeff Hanna - lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, background vocals
  • Bob Carpenter - lead vocals on "Leigh Ann" and "Harmony"
  • Richard Hathaway - electric bass, background vocals
  • Al Garth - keyboards, alto and tenor saxophone, violin, viola

Additional Musicians

  • Rick Shlosser - drums and programming
  • Nicolette Larson - background and harmony vocals on "Make A Little Magic", "Do It" and "Harmony"
  • Haden Gregg - background vocals on "Anxious Heart" and "Badlands"
  • Geoffrey Morris - slide guitar on "Too Good To Be True"


  • Producer - Jeff Hanna and Bob Edwards

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Billboard 200 62
Canadian RPM Country Albums 12
Canadian RPM Top Albums 64


All information is from the album liner notes unless otherwise noted[3]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 177.
  3. ^ Make A Little Magic, The Dirt Band, Liberty (1980) CD