â€œIt has been a great privilege to work alongside the others; together, we made history. After 50 years, the time has come for me to bid adieu to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stage,â€Â saidÂ John McEuen.Â â€œI will move forward with great pride in my personal and musical contributions to NGDB and now can fully concentrate on my independent endeavors.I have much to do and many more creative ideas to pursue. Because of this relationship, I have more stories than you can shake a pick at. (â€¦That will come later!)â€Â
â€œString Wizardâ€Â Solo Career On Course
John McEuen, one of the founding members of theÂ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), has announced his immediate departure from the iconic group. Stating â€œenough is enough,â€ McEuen exits upon the conclusion of theÂ NGDBÂ 2017 tour (Fargo, ND – Sunday 10/22/17) marking the end of the bandâ€™s 50thÂ year anniversary. McEuenâ€™s decision to exit NGDB comes upon careful considerations and contemplation.Â â€œIn assessing the situation surrounding our performances, business disagreements and ongoing difference of opinions, the timing is appropriate for my departure. As a catalyst to my decision, in December 2015, I received confirmation from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Inc. that I was an â€˜employeeâ€™– no longer a member of the corporation that I helped to build,â€Â statedÂ McEuen.
McEuen was instrumental in the NGDB band formation in 1966 and has celebrated groundbreaking and historical success alongside his counterparts over the past 50 years for the groupâ€™s significant contributions to the expression and expansion of American music worldwide. McEuen is most-widely recognized for his signature talents as â€œan extraordinary, multi-instrumentalist;â€ he has recorded more than 30 NGDB albums and created a lasting legacy for his seminal work on theÂ WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKENÂ album, which McEuen initiated in 1971.Â CIRCLEÂ has been noted as “the most important record to come out of Nashville”Â byÂ Rolling StoneÂ andÂ “the most important record in country music” (ZAGAT Survey/2004).Â Â
McEuen has enjoyed a successful solo career with six albums to his credit; his most recent (MADE IN BROOKLYNÂ – named â€œRecord of The Monthâ€ byÂ Stereophile Magazine/2016) received rave reviews from fans and music critics alike (No Depression, Bluegrass Today, Elmore MagazineÂ and numerous others). In continuation, McEuen has assembled an exquisite band of talented musicians to join him: Les Thompson (original founding NGDB member), John Cable (NGDB alumnus) and Matt Cartsonis. The foursome has created a multi-media show catering to some of the countryâ€™s most breath-taking opera houses and performing arts centers. He was recently inducted in the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Â
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ABOUT JOHN McEUEN:
Over the course of hisÂ 50-year career,Â multi-instrumental “String Wizard,” John McEuenÂ has performed more thanÂ 9,500 concerts, covering more thanÂ three million milesÂ globally with theÂ Nitty Gritty Dirt BandÂ and as a solo performer. McEuenÂ has recorded overÂ 40 albumsÂ (six solo) —four platinum and five gold–garnering awards that includeÂ GRAMMYs,Â Emmy nominations,Â CMAÂ andÂ ACM awardsÂ andÂ IBMA Record of the YearÂ honors. Â John McEuen is a member of the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.
Beyond performing, McEuen has produced more thanÂ 300 concertsÂ throughout his career (the first in 1965 in Long Beach Calif. withÂ Bob Dylan). In 2010, his record production ofÂ THE CROW (Steve Martin)Â won aÂ GRAMMY for â€œBest Bluegrass Album.â€
McEuen has a rich history in creating, producing and preserving original, traditional folk and acoustic music and taking it to new audiences. McEuen’sÂ THE MUSIC OF THE WILD WESTÂ was honored with theÂ Western Heritage Award; he scored aÂ GRAMMY nominationÂ forÂ STRING WIZARDS IIÂ and earned theÂ Uncle Dave Macon AwardÂ for â€œexcellence in preservation and performance of historic music.â€
John is show host of the popular “Acoustic Traveller” radio show on Sirius/XM’sÂ The BridgeÂ (now in its 8th year) and is the CEO of Syndicatednews.net, a music and political news website.Â