and the String Wizards
McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his career with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on his incredible 55-year journey - interwoven with radio favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music.
A unique part of the show covers the historic 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there. The cast, all stellar musicians in their own right, includes:
Les Thompson bass/vocals/bouzouki an NGDB founding member
John Cable guitar/mandolin/vocals also toured Russia with NGDB Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 25 year music partner with John
When John initiated the album Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record still relevant today (Amazon top-seller still!).
All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share (in front of the screen) hits and stories behind the music, leading up to this magic time when three generations came together. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum ‘Circle’ as one of the most important American recordings (it’s also in the Grammy Hall of Fame).
The evening’s journey leads to classic favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records was Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month and recently honored by the Independent Music Awards as Best Americana album. Audiences see the entire span of John’s years in music and are taken back through some of the best years of their lives.
Songs may include: Mr. Bojangles Some of Shelly’s Blues Keep on the Sunny Side Will the Circle Be Unbroken Dance Little Jean Long Hard Road House at Pooh Corner Wreck on the Hiway Earl’s Breakdown Way Downtown Cannonball Rag Dismal Swamp I Saw the Light Acoustic Traveller Fingerbuster Buy for Me the Rain She Darked the Sun Wildwood Flower The Grand Ole Opry Song Blue Ridge Cabin Home Okie Boogie
*“One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone
McEuen was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame