PROMO VIDEOS from throughout the years FOR THE LIFE I’VE PICKED
First time MEETING EARL SCRUGGS 1970, OCTOBER - What led to the Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Shot by Bill McEuen on b/w video – at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University.
From his first chord in the back of the motor home I could tell in the mirror he was going to cut a lot of mustard. Not too many years later he played this perfect live.
https://vimeo.com/252601240 on TNN with Jonathan 1993
Before Nitty Gritty, I spent 6 months being the 4th guy in a twosome. It was Michael Martin Murphey and fellow Texan, Owens Castleman. I left Murphey as NGDB started.
https://vimeo.com/253913410 fans call in TNN – Texas Twosome
a partial collection of people I spent time with over the years in various ways. SOME of the people in the book
I wanted to make a movie.. had to make a deal .. made the deal and delivered in 8 weeks. Never had written a script before. It was exciting – a 5 day shoot in Old Tucson
https://vimeo.com/255773531 clip from film I wrote/produced.
For this 1868 song I played all the music
https://vimeo.com/217447675 xImprov t.v. with Michael Martin Murphey –
Carolina in the Pines
https://vimeo.com/217446072 My Bojangles parody.. trying to find a groove
https://vimeo.com/217445946 xCatching the hardest song I know on t.v. –Opus 36
https://vimeo.com/217446252 x‘Trick Banjo’ playing on t.v. 1992 Bill Keith showed me the ‘two songs at once’ trick when I went to see Bill Monroe in 1967 at the famed Ash Grove in Hollywood
https://vimeo.com/217436083 One of the things I am most grateful about with my years with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is the opportunity it gave me to put other people together in various situations. I met Marty Stuart when he was about 16 , Vassar was introduced to me by Earl Scruggs; Byron Berline I saw first when he was playing with the Dillards - and then recorded with him on the Uncle Charlie album. I called Terry Lickona at Austin City Limits and told him about a show I wanted to do. He let me write it, book it, and all these people came to pick. Byron brought fiddling buddy Dave Ferguson along and we did a bunch of tunes - and one of my favorite: Dixie Hoedown, written by Jim and Jesse McReyolds, who I did not know at the time, but would ride on their bus from DC to Nashville soon after.
https://vimeo.com/217435889 Randy Lynn Rag with Vassar, Marty Stuart 1984 on that same show of Austin City Limits
https://vimeo.com/258563454 with George Strait and Michael Murphey TNN
https://vimeo.com/258565715 I brought T. Michael Coleman (played with Doc Watson) and Mark O’Connor with me to this t.v show to do the first song Buddy Holly recorded in Nashville – Blue Days, Black Nights – 1986 ?
https://vimeo.com/258563576 xWith Gary Hart on TNN before he blew it. I went on the campaign trail just to see what it was like with a presidential candidate. It was too bad he lived up to Mark Twain’s comment in 1858 or so of: “Politicians and diapers – you change them for the same reason.” This was about a week before he got in to too much monkey business, and it was a great experience. A week’s worth of experience in 3 days ended up in the book.
https://vimeo.com/258565244 xJonathan making me cry on t.v with Leader of the Band. He is amazing – to do a quiet slow song and make it melt your heart is not easy. We had just learned it that year, and 12 years later would put it on The McEuen Sessions album. Jean Fogelberg told me that album’s version is her “second favorite version of that song.” I had hoped to have him do this on an NGDB album with his cousin, Jaime, but that did not come to pass.
https://vimeo.com/258564933 Playing banjo with my feet on t.v. show. Some people will do anything to get attention. This is during the period where I had just learned the NGDB members had voted to not record any of my music. Maybe this was why!? J
https://vimeo.com/258564605 Jonathan on t.v. with that killer Monroe song he did so well.. I loved taking my son on television, as it gave him an understanding of how difficult this work can be, and how important it is to play your best. I think he was about 16 here, during my single father years.
https://vimeo.com/217448750 on the Tonight Show with Steve Martin hosting. He references playing with us at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A., where he did King Tut for the first time ever. We worked it up that night, to record it the next week in Aspen, produced by my brother Bill… it was a huge hit, and put us on SNL with him the next year.
https://vimeo.com/256102168 A song I wrote as I watched Marilyn sleeping, wishing I could dance – but I never could. I put this on my Acoustic Traveller album, and it became a favorite of many… including her!
Above from 3/15/18. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>