John McEuen, a founding member of the legendary country/bluegrass act The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, is headed to the area for a concert at Sportsman’s Tavern on Thursday, March 16.
With the help of Les Thompson (another founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), John Cable (former NGDB member) and Matt Cartsonis, the quartet will perform songs from “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” the Platinum-selling album originally released by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 50 years ago. Other concert material will include contemporary originals penned by McEuen, plus storied offerings from the bluegrass/country songbook. The show will also feature archival photos and video from McEuen’s time in the NGDB.
Sportsman’s Tavern is located at 326 Amherst St. Tickets are $30 for the 7 p.m., 21-and-older concert. Visit https://www.showclix.com/event/john-mceuen-the-circle-band-323.
More About McEuen
McEuen has personally logged 9,500 plus concert appearances and traveled 3 million-plus miles on the road during his time as a member of NGDB, and now as a solo performer. He is in his 15th year of hosting the “Acoustic Traveler” show on Sirius/XM and is prominently featured in the Ken Burns documentary “Country Music,” which has aired on PBS. He also recently released a coffee table book showcasing 150 rare and unseen photos from the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” writing and recording sessions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release.
McEuen shares the music and memories of the landmark Platinum-selling album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” as well as his career with the NGDB in an intimate acoustic setting. The concert takes us along on McEuen’s incredible 55-year journey, weaving together radio favorites, hot bluegrass and rarely played NGDB tracks, and songs from McEuen’s newest solo record, “The Nashville Sessions,” complemented by rare photos and archival video footage John has compiled.
In 2017, McEuen was inducted into the Banjo Hall Of Fame and honored with the Folk Alliance Organization’s “Best in the West Award” for his solo performances. He has made over 40 albums (six solo) and has earned four Platinum and five Gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations and wins, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy nomination. He’s performed on another 25 albums as a guest artist and produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career. McEuen’s production of Steve Martin’s “The Crow” won the 2010 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album Of The Year, and his popular “Acoustic Traveler” show on Sirius/XM's The Village is now in its 15th year.
McEuen's countless performances include everything from picking with street performers to joining the likes of Phish, Earl Scruggs and Levon Helm on stage … and he even had a memorable performance on “Sesame Street” with a herd of goats and a cow!
In 1977, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band became the first American band to tour the Soviet Union, performing 28 sold-out shows in May of that year. The tour included a television broadcast reaching 130 million people. the trip is featured in 2017’s “Free to Rock” documentary.
The 1972 album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and The Library of Congress.
For more information, visit www.johnmceuen.com.