John McEuen has been a “professional performer” since 1962 with a long and varied career – first as a solo artist, then as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
He showcases his guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin talents by performing popular Nitty Gritty Dirt Band songs and telling the stories behind them in a manner that earned him the honor Best in the West Award from the Folk Alliance Organization. McEuen’s 1972 classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album was inducted into the Library of Congress as “one of America’s most important recordings.” Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), guiding us through his long musical journey. McEuen’s show takes us ‘behind the curtain’ of the music world and shows us how we have all been a part of it, more than we may know.
McEuen’s Sirius/XM show, Acoustic Traveller, is in its 10th year. He has earned Emmy nominations, CMA acclaim, The Western Heritage Award, and was named a 10 Best of the West Performer from the Folk Alliance organization. He also won a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy for his production of The Crow with Steve Martin. His current Made in Brooklyn album earned the Independent Music Award’s recognition as Best Americana album.
In 2017 Deering Banjo company introduced the “John McEuen model”, complementing his induction into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. At its release in April 2018, McEuen’s book – The Life I’ve Picked -- débuted at #1 on Amazon’s country music books chart. Fusing folk, rock, and country musical styles, McEuen’s performance will have the audience immediately engaged with toe-tapping enjoyment.
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