Not a bad seat in this house, but get your tickets early. I will have a couple of special guests tba.. Anyone who brings my book The Life I've Picked will be welcome to meet and greet so I can sign it....
and the String Wizards
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
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 reflections CABLE VENTURA 18TH WITH ME on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career (He is a founding member). John’s multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos and narrative takes us on his incredible journey - interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare other favorites.
A unique part of the show covers the 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 original NGDB founding member John Cable guitar/mandolin/vocals also toured Russia in NGDB Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 25 year music partner with John
When John initiated the 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 (still Amazon top-seller!). 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. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month). The audience will see the entire span of John McEuen’s years in music and be 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
Last April John's Made in Brooklyn album was honored by the Independent Music Awards with 'Best American Album'