(with Matt Cartsonis)
Playing a broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music now called Americana has made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music. He brings to his stage musical impressions, songs, and stories from over 50 years of worldwide travels with performing expertise that sets him apart from others. Dirt Band jug band classics, radio favorites, “Circle” album music, and his own solo compositions fill up the night.
McEuen is bringing his stage buddy Matt Cartsonis (mandola, guitar, vocals) with him. They met 30 years ago when Matt was an Austin Lounge Lizard and struck up a musical friendship that has put them on stages all over.
"…and for the Knucklehead's show I’m bringing the great Matt Cartsonis. He sings like he is from Kentucky - that high bluegrass lonesome sound - with a rock and roll sensibility all accompanied by his hot licks on mandola and guitar. We have done hundreds of shows together.”\
You may have seen Matt with Warren Zevon (he accompanied Zevon in his last 5 years),
Matt is also featured on John’s new record, Made In Brooklyn (along with David Bromberg, John Carter Cash, Steve Martin, John Cowan and others). Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endears him to audiences wherever he plays.
In 2010, John was honored with the “Best in the West” award from the Folk Alliance. With the NGDB he has made over 35 albums, including the landmark platinum-selling Will The Circle Be Unbroken, which was initiated by John. Onstage, McEuen incorporates his vintage instruments with wizardry that keeps the audience entranced and, together with Matt, they cover NGDB favorites not heard on stage in years, as well as focus on many songs (and the stories behind them) from the Circle album and the new music from Made In Brooklyn (on Chesky Records)
check him out: Mattcartsonis.com
McEuen’s production of The Crow with Steve Martin won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy.