Make a Little Magic

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Make a Little Magic
Studio album by The Dirt Band
Released 1980
Length 34:18
Label Liberty
Producer Jeff Hanna, Bob Edwards
The Dirt Band chronology
An American Dream
Make a Little Magic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Make a Little Magic is the 1980 album from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (a.k.a. The Dirt Band) is notable for having many charting albums and singles. This album includes the title cut with the late Nicolette Larson singing backup and it reached 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 - 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[2]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  2. ^ Make A Little Magic, The Dirt Band, Liberty (1980) CD