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John McEuen

John McEuen

John McEuen Leaves Nitty Gritty Dirt Band After 51 Years

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on October 30, 2017

in News

John McEuen has announced that he has left the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band after 51 years and will embark on the road with a new band.

McEuen joined the NGDB in 1966 as the replacement for Jackson Browne and has been a member for 37 of the last 51 years, taking off from 1987 to 2001 when he pursued a solo career.

McEuen said in a statement:

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. I will move forward with great pride in my personal and musical contributions to NGDB and now can fully concentrate on my independent endeavors. 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!)

John later laid out his plans with a new band:

Hey everybody!! A little heads up on my coming year. For All my Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fans, I will be taking Les Thompson out (an original NGDB founding member), John Cable (an alumni from the mid-’70’s), and “the always knocks them out” man with the great voice – Matt Cartsonis on the road.

Our multi-media show includes music and stories behind the songs from NGDB & Will the Circle Be Unbroken and my recent highly acclaimed “Made in Brooklyn” album. And be sure to share this post. You can check it out at

Check out a town near your home. The East Coast, midwest, west coast tour will include:

The Plymouth NH show is my FIRST time there!

Every show is different and some will have special guests. Save the date!

Plymoth, NH- Silver Center For the Arts-11.3.17
Old Saybrook, CT- The Kate/The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center- 11.4.17
Bristol, VA- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum- Paramount Center- 11.9.17
Carrboro, NC- The Artscenter- 11.10.17
Clifton Forge, VA- Historic Masonic Theatre- 11.12.17
Beacon, NY- Towne Crier Café- 11.16.17
Jim Thorpe, PA- Mauch Chunk Opera House- 11.17.17
Stowe, VT- Spruce Peak PAC-11.18.17
Albany, NY- The Egg Performing Arts Center- 11.19.17
Telluride, CO- Sheridan Opera House- 12.27.17
Beaver Creek, CO- Vilar Performing Arts Center- 12.28.17
Rifle, CO- Ute Events Center- 12.30.17
Graham, TX- Graham Memorial Auditorium- 1.16.18
Dallas, TX- Poor David’s Pub- 1.18.18
The Woodlands, TX- Dosey Doe Barn- 1.19.18
New Braunfels, TX- Brauntex Theatre- 1.20.18
Riverforest, IL- Dominican University Performing Arts Center- 1.26.18
Cape Girardeau, MO- Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, Southeast Missouri State University- 1.27.18
Fayetteville, AR- Walton Arts Center-Star Theater 2.3.18
Hot Springs Village, AR- Woodlands Auditorium- 2.4.18
Monroe, MI- River Raisin Centre For The Arts- 2.10.18
Mesa, AZ- Mesa Arts Center/Piper Theater- 2.23.18
Durango, CO- Community Concert Hall At Fort Lewis College- 3.7.18
Kent, WA- Kent-meridian High School Performing Arts- 3.9.18
Bremerton, WA- Admiral Theatre- 3.10.18
Bend, OR- Tower Theatre-3.11.18
Salem, OR- Historic Elsinore Theatre- 3.15.18
Medford, OR- Craterian Theater- 3.16.18
Thousand Oaks- CA- Scherr Forum Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza- 3.17.18
Berkeley, CA- Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse- 3.22.18
Lancaster, CA- Lancaster Performing Arts Center- 3.23.18
Warren, PA- Struthers Library Theatre- 4.7.18
Loveland, CO- Rialto Theater- 4.12.18
Ft. Pierce, FL- Summer Crush Winery- 4.14.18
Madison, FL- North Florida Community College- Van H. Priest Auditorium- 4.20.18
Largo, FL- Central Park PAC- 4.21.18
Franklin, TN- Franklin Theatre- 5.19.18

See you there!

McEuen has appeared on such Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hits “Buy For Me the Rain”, “Mr. Bojangles”, “An American Dream” and “Make a Little Magic”. He also has eleven solo albums to his name including 2016’s Made in Brooklyn.



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