“String Wizard” Solo Career On Course

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (October 27, 2017) – John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), has announced his immediate departure from the iconic group. Stating “enough is enough,” McEuen exits upon the conclusion of the NGDB 2017 tour (Fargo, ND – Sunday 10/22/17) marking the end of the band’s 50th year anniversary. McEuen’s decision to exit NGDB comes upon careful considerations and contemplation. “In
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 ‘employee’– no longer a member of the corporation that I helped
to build,”
stated 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 group’s significant contributions to the
expression and expansion of American music worldwide. McEuen is
most-widely recognized for his signature talents as “an extraordinary,
multi-instrumentalist;” he has recorded more than 30 NGDB albums and
created a lasting legacy for his seminal work on the WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN album, which McEuen initiated in 1971. CIRCLE has been noted as “the most important record to come out of Nashville” by Rolling Stone and “the most important record in country music” (ZAGAT Survey/2004). 

“It 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,”
said John McEuen.
“I will move forward with great pride in my personal and musical
contributions to NGDB and now can fully concentrate on my independent
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. (…That will come later!)” 

McEuen has enjoyed a successful solo career with six albums to his credit; his most recent (MADE IN BROOKLYN – named “Record of The Month” by Stereophile Magazine/2016) received rave reviews from fans and music critics alike (No Depression, Bluegrass Today, Elmore Magazine 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 country’s most
breath-taking opera houses and performing arts centers. He was recently
inducted in the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.  

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Over the course of his 50-year careermulti-instrumental “String Wizard,” John McEuen has performed more than 9,500 concerts, covering more than three million miles globally with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and as a solo performer. McEuen has recorded over 40 albums (six solo) —four platinum and five gold–garnering awards that include GRAMMYs, Emmy nominationsCMA and ACM awards and IBMA Record of the Year honors.  John McEuen is a member of the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.

Beyond performing, McEuen has produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career (the first in 1965 in Long Beach Calif. with Bob Dylan). In 2010, his record production of THE CROW (Steve Martin) won a GRAMMY for “Best Bluegrass Album.”

has a rich history in creating, producing and preserving original,
traditional folk and acoustic music and taking it to new audiences.
McEuen’s THE MUSIC OF THE WILD WEST was honored with the Western Heritage Award; he scored a GRAMMY nomination for STRING WIZARDS II and earned the Uncle Dave Macon Award for “excellence in preservation and performance of historic music.”

John is show host of the popular “Acoustic Traveller” radio show on Sirius/XM’s The Bridge (now in its 8th year) and is the CEO of, a music and political news website. 

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