Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s
John McEuen and the Circle Band
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
John McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark xix platinum album and his 50-year career with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
In 1971 John asked Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson if they would record with Nitty Gritty Dirt band, which led to xi.” The icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened, including Earl and Doc along with Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six hot August 1971 days produced the benchmark record that is still relevant today. The Library of Congress inducted ‘Circle’ as one of the most important American recordings; also in the Grammy Hall of Fame, ‘Circle’ remains an Amazon top-seller.
This evening will include classic favorites, as well as music from McEuen’s highly praised new record – Made in Brooklyn. Narrative and early NGDB music will take you on a journey, interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, and rare NGDB tunes.
Bass, vocals, and bouzouki
McEuen says, "Les Thompson called me in 1966 and said, “Hey, I’m playing with a bunch of guys just starting a group (it became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), come join up with us.” Les left the band after about 10 years, and now is back at the bass with John and the guys.
Guitar, mandolin, and vocals\
McEuen says, “My ex-Dirt Band band-mate (from ’75-‘78’) and friend, John Cable is one of the finest singers and guitarists I know and great to play with We’ve done hundreds of shows together, and now get to share the stage again. Les and Cable had never played together, and this is exciting fun with music and friends”
Vocals, mandola, and guitar
McEuen says, "Matt Cartsonis 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), the Austin Lounge Lizards, or the group Bryndle. Check him out on mattcartsonis.com He joined Steve Martin in 2009 to perform ‘Crow’ music on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and The Ellen Show. Matt is also featured on Made in Brooklyn and has worked with McEuen on several film score projects in the past few years. Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endear him to audiences wherever he plays.
-A Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member (1966). At the conclusion of the 50th year anniversary tour in October of 2017, due to growing demand, John left the band to pursue his own tour dates and projects.
-John was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame!
In 2015 John was inducted in to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
-April of 2018 will see the publication of his book The Life I’ve Picked on Chicago Review Press.
-John’s newest album, Made in Brooklyn - Produced by John on Chesky Records – was honored with Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month!
-2010 GRAMMY WINNER: John produced Steve Martin – The Crow – New songs for the 5-string banjo and won Best Bluegrass Album. John assembled Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Mary Black, Earl Scruggs, and others. (John has known Steve Martin since teenage years working at Disneyland.).
-In 2009, McEuen became CEO of SyndicatedNews.Net – an entertainment, broad news outlet that features interviews with celebrities as well world news covered in a different manner than others.
-John McEuen’s Acoustic Traveller Show on Sirius/XM radio is now in its 9th year.
-In 2010 John was honored with Folk Alliance’s The “Best of the West Performer Award”, as a solo artist.