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John McEuen Bids Adieu to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

John McEuenNashville, TN -- John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), has announced his immediate departure from the iconic group. Stating “enough is enough,” McEuen exits upon the conclusion of the NGDB 2017 tour in Fargo, ND - Sunday 10/22/17, marking the end of the band’s 50th year anniversary. McEuen’s decision to exit NGDB comes upon careful considerations and contemplation. “In assessing the situation surrounding our performances, business disagreements and ongoing difference of opinions, the timing is appropriate for my departure. As a catalyst to my decision, in December 2015, I received confirmation from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Inc. that I was an ‘employee’-- no longer a member of the corporation that I helped to build,” stated McEuen.

John McEuen's Latest Project Hits the Charts!

John McEuen Made in BrooklynNashville, TN -- Grammy-winning "String Wizard" John McEuen celebrates early success and applause with his new solo project titled Made in Brooklyn (released September 30). Produced by McEuen (with David Chesky) and featuring special guest performances by David Bromberg, Jay Ungar, Andy Goessling, John Cowan, Steve Martin, Martha Redbone, David Amram, John Carter Cash, Matt Cartsonis, Skip Ward and more, Made in Brooklyn debuted at No. 1 on AirPlay Direct's Americana/AAA chart, No. 9 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart and No. 10 on Amazon's Hot New Releases-Folk chart.

John McEuen to Introduce Hi-Def Solo Album

John McEuen Made in BrooklynNashville, TN – Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen (one of the founding members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) steps up the pace in preparation for the release of his new solo album titled Made In Brooklyn.* Scheduled to drop Friday, September 30, 2016 on Chesky Records, the project will be available via all major digital retail outlets (Amazon, iTunes, HD Tracks, etc.).

John McEuen Pays Tribute to Iwo Jima and Himself

Echoes From The Past: Iwo JimaJohn McEuen writes, "While on the island of Vieques (Puerto Rico) I found the biggest echo I have ever heard - in one of the old ordnance bunkers there, where the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing in days gone by. On this 70th year of both the flag raising at Iwo Jima and my own raising, I took the video Marilyn shot of me and put it together with this footage for an homage to our veterans from that era."

John McEuen Celebrates 70th Birthday with a Few Hundred Friends

John McEuen 70th BirthdayJohn McEuen says he wanted to have a birthday party at a place where he didn’t have to clean up after it was over, so he brought his gang of musician friends together for a birthday jam on the highly popular show, “Music City Roots,” at The Factory in Franklin. The String Wizard was joined onstage by country and bluegrass icons Jesse McReynolds, Roland White, Jeff Hanna, David Amram, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Les Thompson, John Cable, Matt Cartsonis, Bernie Leadon and John Carter Cash.

John McEuen Celebrates 70th Birthday at Music City Roots

John McEuenJohn McEuen has asked a group of friends from varying genres of music to join him in celebrating his 70th birthday in Nashville. Born December 19, 1945 in Oakland, California, the String Wizard is bringing what he is calling his “Music City Jam and Christmas Show” to Music City Roots at The Factory in Franklin on December 16. Joining him with be original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band bass player (’66-’75) Les Thompson, who performed on the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album and many of their early hits. Along with Les will be another former Dirt Band alumni, John Cable, who went on the NGDB’s historic trip to the Soviet Union in May of 1977. The NGDB was the first American group to tour Russia. Joining them will be long time musical pal Matt Cartsonis (mandola and guitar) who is also known as an ‘acrobatic’ singer.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken Concert Event in Bristol

Circle Album concertThe Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) proudly announces an exclusive event on September 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol: Will The Circle Be Unbroken. The evening is a tribute to The Carter Family and will be hosted by John McEuen and feature John Carter Cash and family. The Will The Circle Be Unbroken concert event takes place September 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Theatre Bristol in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. There are only a few days left to reserve your tickets.Circle Album concert

When Doc Watson & Merle Travis Met for the First Time

Merle Travis and Doc WatsonArtist/producer John McEuen has posted a YouTube video of the meeting of Doc Watson and Merle Travis. This was definitely a special moment in American musical history. In 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt band had their first important show opening for Merle Travis at the Ash Grove in Hollywood, California. Five years later, they invited Travis to meet Doc Watson for the first time. The meeting was during the historic 'Circle' sessions.

John McEuen to Receive Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award

John McEuenJohn McEuen will be the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th annual Charlie Poole Music Festival in Eden, N.C. this weekend. The festival celebrates the music of Charlie Poole and his bandmates, The North Carolina Ramblers. Poole was a pioneer in music and an early entertainer in the country and bluegrass music genres. Poole and the band went to New York City in 1925, auditioned for Columbia Records, and recorded four tracks for the label.

John McEuen and Matt Cartsonis Highlight John's Long Career

John McEuenSaturday evening, John McEuen allowed the audience to participate in a new multi-media experiment, An Evening with John McEuen: A Career Retrospective that spans the career of this versatile songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. The solo project, which included artist Matt Cartsonis, was supplemented by a large screen visual experience of historic stills and videos covering everything from the Dirt Band's beginnings to the Circle Album and more.

Review: The McEuen Sessions - For All the Good

For All The GoodThis album is the best of times and is certainly acoustically correct. The McEuen sessions bring a soulful bond of family together in an artistic album of 15 tracks that will please fans of just about any form of acoustic music as John, Nathan and Jonathan settle down to record together for this special project. The McEuen Sessions: For All the Good is as Americana as it gets -- a bit of bluegrass, a bit of blues, a bit of folk and more.

The Dirt Band's John McEuen on the Late Doug Dillard

Doug DillardBy John McEuen
My mentor, the person who showed me that music was exciting and fun to play on stage for people.. the one who was 'impickable' with the execution of his art.. Douglas Flint Dillard.. whose grin would hit the back of the wall from any stage he was on.. has passed away.
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John McEuen Brings Sons and the Session Album to California for Limited Engagement

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.

John McEuen on Earl Scruggs

John McEuenJohn McEuen is an acoustic artist that plays the banjo, among other instruments. His life changed because of the late Earl Scruggs and the instrument known as the 5-String Banjo. John wrote the following as a tribute to the man who had such an impact on John as well as the music he plays.

John McEuen and Sons Jonathan and Nathan at Studio 201 March 30th

John, Jonathan and Nathan McEuenThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "String Wizard" John McEuen with sons Jonathan and Nathan will be performing live at Studio 201 in New York City this March 30th. On the eve of the release of their first album together, "The McEuen Sessions" The Circle Remains Unbroken on this 40th Anniversary concert of the release of one of the greatest albums of Americana Music, Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

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