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 www.johnmceuen.com
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.