nitty gritty dirt band’s John McEuen
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
McEuen has assembled a unique cast to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible career. A multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos, narrative and music of early NGDB (including 8mm footage from 1967) takes us on their incredible journey - all interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics, Carter Family music.
A special part of the show covers NGDB’s 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain for the first American band to tour there. The cast includes the following, all steller musicians in their own right:
Les Thompson bass and vocals an original founding member of NGDB
John Cable guitar/vocals also toured Russia as NGDB member.
Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 20 year music partner with John
When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded the landmark 1972 release, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, initiated by founding member John McEuen, the icons of Bluegrass and Country convened: Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record that is relevant to this day (still an Amazon top-20 seller!. All join host John McEuen (with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin) as they share (in front of the screen) the hits that led up to this magic time when three generations came together, genres merged and came to life. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum Circle album in 2004 as one of the most important American recordings. ‘Circle’ is also in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The evening ends the journey that has led to the creation of McEuen’s new highly praised release record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. Closing the evening with encores of music from the new album, the audience will have seen the entire span of John McEuen’s 50 years in music and been taken back through some of the best years of their lives.
“One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone