John McEuen  
Fayetteville, Arkansas.. Come on down!
a perfect spot for this show! Bring questions and requests.

John McEuen

nitty gritty dirt band’s         John McEuen
                                                        and the Circle Band

                                    Will the Circle Be Unbroken

McEuen has assembled a unique cast for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible career. His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos (including 8mm footage from 1967) narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on their incredible 50-year journey - interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music.

A unique part of the show covers NGDB’s 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/vocals          also toured Russia as NGDB member.

Matt Cartsonis               vocals/mandola/guitar  25 year music partner with John 


When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, initiated by founding member John McEuen, 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 hot August 1971 days produced the benchmark record relevant to this day (Amazon top-20 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. ‘Circle’ is also in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The evening’s journey leads to encores and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month). With encores of music from the new album, the audience will have seen the entire span of John McEuen’s 50 years in music and been taken back through some of the best years of their lives.

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     Earl’s Breakdown    Wreck on the Hiway     Cannonball Rag    Dismal Swamp     Way Downtown   I Saw the Light  Acoustic Traveller  Fingerbuster    She Darked the Sun    The Grand Ole Opry Song

 “One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone


Event Date/Time
February 03 2018
Contact Information
Event Location
Walton Arts Center - Starr Theater
495 W. Dickson Fayetteville, AR 72701
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