John McEuen and the String Wizards

John McEuen and the String Wizards

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

John McEuen  and the String Wizards

Will the Circle Be Unbroken
When John initiated the Will the Circle Be Unbroken* album with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, he brought the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock together: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six hot August 1971 days produced the benchmark record (produced by John's brother, Willeam E. McEuen) relevant to this day (Amazon top-30 still!)     
John McEuen and the String Wizards
       
McEuen has assembled a unique cast for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbrokenplatinum album and his incredible 50-year career with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The cast includes:
Les Thompson    bass, vocals, bouzouki an original NGDB founding member
John Cable guitar/vocals/mandolin also toured Russia as NGDB member.
Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar  25- year music partner with John 
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 that 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).
John McEuen and the String Wizards
His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos (including 8mm footage from 1967), narrative and early NGDB music takes us on his 50-year journey - interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, ….
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 – 28 sold out shows.
The evening features classic NGDB favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month and honored with Best America album by the Independent Music Awards, March 2018).
The audience sees the entire span of John McEuen’s 50 years in music and is taken back through some of the best years oftheir lives.
Mr. Bojangles         Some of Shelly’s Blues        Keep on the Sunny Side          Will the Circle Be Unbroken     Dance Little Jean    House at Pooh Corner   Earl’s Breakdown  Wreck on the Hiway   Cannonball Rag  Dismal Swamp   Way Downtown   I Saw the Light  Acoustic Traveller  Fingerbuster
 *“One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone
John’s first book (released May 2018) The Life I’vePicked, has over 50 5-star reviews on Amazon.  John was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame
check out www.johnmceuen.com
 
John McEuen and the String Wizards

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00 pm

Tickets: $33 in advance Buy Tickets Here Now
            $38 at the door (if available)

 
First time John McEuen 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, 1970
 
Video links to post on promoter website:
 
Return to Dismal Swamp with shots from 1977 NGDB trip to Russia
 
Randy Lynn Rag and Rocky Top 1982 in Denver:
 
NGDB then to now
 
Soldier’s Joy with Earl:
 
Dixie with David Hoffner  “Five Years of Dixie”
 
Iwo Jima - 70th year homage - ECHOES from the past:
            https://vimeo.com/158639236