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John McEuen Brings Sons and the Session Album to California for Limited Engagement

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The McEuen Sessions - For All The GoodLos Angeles, CA -- As a solo artist and founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGBD), "The String Wizard" John McEuen has released more than 40 albums, and performed more than 8,500 concerts-since 1965. McEuen's 'solo' road journeys with his sons Nathan and Jonathan include their recently having the thrill of performing together at the Grand Ole Opry to three standing ovations. (They return there May 12). After years talking about recording as a trio, all agreed the time was right. The McEuen Sessions-for all the good... from John, Nathan, and Jonathan McEuen, is now released through MesaBlueMoon Recordings. It's a musically rich tapestry that's steeped in the seamless interplay and exquisite comforts of a threesome that has truly shared a lifetime in music. McEuen and his sons are making a limited California engagement with the Wednesday April 25th Cafe Largo Show being the most important of all as there will also be special guests.

"The Sessions album is a culmination of influences ranging from Phish, Johnny Cash, and the Beatles to Flatt & Scruggs, Levon Helm & The Band, to John Denver. Throw into the mix a dad who's been in a band for 45 years, and what that meant growing up," says John. Though touring often separated the McEuens, it also provided adventures, camaraderie - and hands-on musical training. John estimates he's taken his sons to at least 300 cities over the years, with them joining in onstage. "I said to Nathan at 17, 'sorry you've had so many birthdays on the road," says John. "He said, 'Dad, most of my friends haven't left the state, and I've already been to 25 state capitals. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Recorded at Tree Sound Studios in Norcross, Georgia, The McEuen Sessions John, Nathan, and Jonathan each choose three songs, no questions asked, and then voted on three more as a group. Since the plan was to record the album as a band, there are almost no guest players (Dave Mason-spontaneously-added drums on "Only You Know And I Know and mixed it). Jonathan and Nathan provide all the vocals. Jonathan is featured on acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and piano; Nathan on piano, bass, acoustic guitar, and percussion; John on his broad range of string instruments-with the versatility that has caused many to call him a "string wizard"- banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, guitar, and dobro.

The album reviews are great from magazine writers as well as 'the people.' The show the best thing we have done, and the night is always too short. Other information is on my Facebook, website. I did not want to miss the chance to tell you all about it. Please help us spread the word.. This is our only tour of California and we are hoping you come out to the show! Lots of bluegrass, music and stories from the Circle album, and NGDB favorites of mine that the band does not do on stage.
- John McEuen

Album selections range from new originals to venerable classics, opening with Rodney Crowell's "Long Hard Road," (in 1984, it was NGDB's first #1 hit.) "Nathan and Jonathan get the lyrics, and sing it as if they wrote it." Both also sing on "All The Good It Did," written by their cousin Jaime Hanna. "This is the country 'root' coming through the guys, with a song that could have been done by NGDB," says John. Classics include Jonathan singing lead on Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band," Dave Mason's "Only You Know and I Know," and Red Foley's "Old Shep". The latter features Jonathan's new 'adult' vocal track along him singing the song when he was 11, where the now adult voice sings with his kid self.

Nathan sings lead on his songs "Grand Design," (which he co-wrote with Crosby Loggins), "Quicker at the Draw" and "Time to Go Home." His banjo piece "Banjormous" is one his father wishes he'd written. Jonathan's "Love Word" is a surprise in the package, his ode to a way to find peace in the world. For John's "The Goodtime Suite," a six-minute solo banjo instrumental (aced in one take), he says "It was strange that the same day they both heard this, separately, they called to say, 'it reminds me of when I was a kid and you'd play us to sleep,'" he says.

With The McEuen Sessions-for all the good..., John, Nathan and Jonathan McEuen create beautiful new music that is the stuff of many great memories to come-for their extraordinary family story, and for music lovers worldwide.

Here's the gigs...

Monday, April 23
San Francisco Cafe du Nord

Tuesday, April 24
Felton, CA (Santa Cruz)
Don Quixote's

Wednesday April 25
Hollywood, CA
Cafe Largo
This is a very important 'show biz' show too for us.. with several special guests coming by

Friday, April 27
Hanford Fox
Hanford, CA

Saturday April 28
Stagecoach Festival - sold out

Sunday April 29
San Diego

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