|Grammy Award Winner, John McEuen Performs at The Historic Masonic Theatre|
Clifton Forge, VA (Oct. 30, 2017) - Founding member John McEuen and his unique cast of Americana string wizards share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Bandâ€™s incredible 50-year career on stage at The Historic Masonic Theatre on Sunday, November 12 at 5:00pm. With narrative and music of early NGDB, Grammy winner John takes us on their incredible journey - interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics, Carter Family music, and songs from the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken multi-platinum album, (initiated by John - now in the Library of Congress and Grammy Hall of Fame) and classics from his new album,â€ť Made in Brooklynâ€ť. McEuen was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Performing with McEuen, (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) will be two other NGDB exes: former fellow founding member Les Thompson (bass and vocals); and from the '70s period, John Cable (guitar and vocals); along with John's music partner of 25 years, Matt Cartsonis (vocals, guitar/mandala).â€¨â€¨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€śan extraordinary, multi-instrumentalistâ€ť; 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"
McEuen enjoys his successful solo career and has six albums to his credit; his most recent, â€śMade in Brooklynâ€ť - named â€śRecord of The Monthâ€ť by Stereophile Magazine/2016) received rave reviews from fans and music critics alike. McEuen and his musical partners have created a multi-media show catering to some of the countryâ€™s most breath-taking Opera houses and performing arts centers.
Over the course of his 50-year career, multi-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 nominations, CMA and ACM awards and IBMA Record of the Year honors. 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 â€śBest Bluegrass Album.â€ť
McEuen 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 â€śexcellence in preservation and performance of historic music.â€ť
McEuen is show host of the popular "Acoustic Traveler" radio show on Sirius/XM's The Bridge (now in its 8th year) and is the CEO of Syndicatednews.net, a music and political news website.
Tickets to John McEuen and the Circle Band may be purchased online by visiting www.historicmasonictheatre.com or by calling the Theatre Box Office at 540 862 5655.