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Legend McEuen To Play Vaudeville Review

John McEuen

is a founding member of the legendary country/bluegrass act the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who will be in town for a concert at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review on Thursday, January 9th.  With the help of his String Wizards project- which includes Les Thompson and John Cable (both previous Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members) the quartet will be performing Will The Circle Be Unbroken, the landmark platinum selling album originally released by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1972, along with contemporary originals penned by John. 

John McEuen has personally logged 9,500 plus concert appearances and traveled 3 million plus miles on the road both during his time as a member of NGDB and now as a solo performer.  He’s also in his 9th year of hosting his Acoustic Traveler show on Sirius/XM radio and he recently released an autobiography titled The Life I’ve Picked.  Check out reviews of the book from Billboard, Bluegrass Today, Elmore Magazine and No Depression.  John is prominently featured in the new Ken Burns documentary Country Music, which is currently airing on PBS as well.  More info on John McEuen is below, take a look and let me know if you can fit something in on him before the concert.


Matt Kelly   

Who:                  John McEuen & The String Wizards

What:                Performing

Where:              Glenwood Vaudeville Review- 915 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

When:               Thursday, January 9th

Time:                 7:30pm

Tickets:             $30

Age Limit:       all ages

Website:           www.johnmceuen.com

EPK:                   http://www.michaeljmedia.com/pressjmceuen.html

Tickets:             https://www.gvrshow.com/calendar.html

John McEuen shares the music and memories of the landmark platinum selling album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, as well as his career with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in an intimate acoustic setting.  The concert takes us along on John’s incredible 55-year journey, weaving radio favorites, hot bluegrass and rarely played NGDB tracks in with songs from McEuen’s newest solo record Made in Brooklyn, which just recently won an Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album of 2017.

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen has been continually performing since 1964- logging 9,500 concerts and 300 television appearances while traveling more than 3 million miles on the road - both with the band and as a solo performer.  In 2017 John 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.

McEuen has made over 40 albums (6 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.  His 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 9th year. 

John 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 even 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 and the trip is featured in 2017’s Free to Rock documentary about how American Music brought down the Iron Curtain.

Arguably, McEuen's most endearing accomplishment may be his instigation of what Rolling Stone called “The most important record to come out of Nashville” and what a 2004 ZAGAT survey called “the most important record in country music”- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken.  The album is in the Grammy Hall of Fame as well as The Library of Congress. 

VIDEO: John McEuen: A Life In Music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992

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