A great Colorado weekend with Ibby and me..
Posted 11/23/2015
thanks to the great audiences we had for our sold out shows this past weekend. The bad news? We had to turn away about 200 people at each venue, but
November Acoustic Traveller Show on Sirius/XM
Posted 11/16/2015
The Village ch741 online in
the USA and Canada all week ( 6x)

Nov 23 Monday 8 PM ET (Village Folk Show 6-10 PM ET)
Nov 24 Tuesday 2 PM ET AND 7 PM ET (Village Folk Show 12-4 PM ET)
Nov 26 Thursday 10 AM ET (Village Folk Show 8-12 PM ET)
Nov 27 Friday 1 PM ET
Nov 28 Saturday 11 AM ET

The show will also be available for 2 weeks on demand at
siriusxm.com/ondemand ; under The Bridge.
Posted 06/13/2015
One of my best television productions - Doc, o'Connor, Rowan, Bromberg, Ibbotson...
I put this together in 1984 - all but Bromberg were on the road for 10dates that I booked - calling it
The Great American Roadshow.

Ibby was GREAT... well so were all the others..

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Here is some of John's best  on the banjo!


Here's a great article about John McEuen by Lee Zimmerman  on ''The Bluegrass Situation'' - you're gonna love this! http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/conversations-with-john-mceuen/

From the hot pickin' old daze of the early '80's...
a banjo "BLAST FROM THE PAST ... "   with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
...watch it on youtube!




John says:

"This album I produced last year is one of the best things I have made. People - reviewers, audiences, album buyers - all love it. We are grateful that even those who teach Blake have embraced it. It is like 'new lyrics' that are quite captivating, and Martha's voice was wonderful to play around. Here is some info about it;  you can feel free to send around if you like.":

Martha Redbone, recognized as a leading contemporary Native American voice by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (they have collected and presented her work) is beloved internationally by music connoisseurs.  For “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” Redbone has taken the immortal words of the great Romantic visionary of 18th century England, and set them in the Appalachian Mountains, bringing her uniquely soulful voice to hollered melodies, lullabies, ancient chants and inspired hymns.

The music for Blake's 200 year-old words is written by Martha and John McEuen - melodies and 'traditional' instrumentation put the lyrics in a frame from another era. The result is a wondrous folk, country, gospel and blues style with music that seems hearkens to timeless mountain classics, yet with lyrics that are startlingly fresh and strikingly relevant today.

“Blake teaches that imagination is a portion of the divine principle, that 'Energy is Eternal Delight,' and that 'everything that lives is Holy.' Human liberty and imagination have never been better served.” wrote Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz. These songs celebrate community, empathy and love - messages the world needs as much now as in Blake's time . The wonderment that is Martha's voice, the purity of the melodies, the sonic images of musicians on a front porch or in a country church, give Blake's words a natural setting and that makes them both authentic and alive for people today.

“Garden of Love”, produced by John and recorded in a 4-day magical period in Nashville, Tennessee (with master players Mark Casstevens, Byron House, and co-producer keyboardist David Hoffner ), was. Iconic American composer David Amram guests on Native American flute alongside Seminole elder Lonnie Harrington's traditional stomp dance chant on “A Dream”, a song about returning to innocence. It is the idea of 'returning home' that inspired Martha to record Garden of Love, to reflect her mixed ancestry of a Native American mother and an African American father - and in particular, her childhood years with her grandparents in Black Mountain, Kentucky - the words of William Blake are a gift for us all.

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The McEuen Sessions



Mesa Bluemoon Recordings
now released!

            It was the best of times, it was… the best time! ...for (my sons) Jonathan and  Nathan, and myself, and for the music we have made together for years.  We knew we were ready.

This was strangely similar in many ways to the social conditions of the period when I put together the "Will the Circle be Unbroken" album with my brother Bill and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band back in 1971.

We made this music in the midst of what some are calling the worst of times.

When Nathan posed the idea of recording together, we all agreed it was time, and he made the initial arrangements for when and where.

As that time grew close, we agreed that each person would choose three songs they wanted to do ,which would be supported by the other two, and then we’d vote on three more songs as a group. This album is the result of those efforts.  

I am very fortunate to have spent countless hours on the road with my “boys,” traveling and performing. Jonathan and I..., well, it seems like we’ve done a thousand shows together. Nathan and Jonathan have done countless shows together, and I have put Nathan in hundreds of situations where it was just he and I. The ‘trio’? Not enough yet, but we've done a bunch of shows since 1994 which were great experiences leading to this album. I am proud of the men they have become.

Recorded at the incredible Tree Sound Studios in Norcross, Georgia, over a period of 6 days, the best category to put this recording in might be Americana; we look forward to seeing what others ‘call’ it.

Influences from classic rock,  bluegrass, traditional folk, the Beatles, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band come together with this combination of both classic and original songs. Most songs were first take tracks, and we then ‘hired’ each other as our own session players for overdubs.

Each song has an historical and/or compelling reason to be there, other then just fitting musically.  All vocals are done by Jonathan and Nathan, (they sing like brothers!) backed with us playing piano, acoustic guitars, high-strung acoustic guitars, open-tuning guitars, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro and some of the percussion.


Now available at
 - Amazon

The McEuen Sessions: A multimedia tribute - take a look at the musical journey of a father and his sons.

John interviews Sid Bernstein, the man who first brought the Beatles to America!

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