John McEuen & John Cable

John McEuen

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (summer of 1966) – John McEuen brings banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle AND a special guest – previous NGDB member, John Cable. (Cable was in the band when they became the first American band to tour the Soviet Union in 1977). Multi-instrumentalist McEuen has ventured into varied musical genres, and to different formats including television special production, film scoring, and unusual award winning albums. Playing a broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music now called Americana has made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music. His production of Steve Martin’s The Crow won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy.

McEuen says: "… for this show I will be bringing my ex-Dirt Band band-mate and friend, John Cable. He is one of the finest singers and guitarists I know, great to play and sing with… we did hundreds of shows together with NGDB, and now share the stage in a more intimate way.” (Cable was there when they became the first American group to tour the Soviet Union). “We go through NGDB hits, Will the Circle Be Unbroken music and stories, bluegrass - as well as music from my recent Made in Brooklyn album.”

McEuen recently was honored with the “Best Americana” award by the Independent Records organization for “Made In Brooklyn”. With the NGDB he made 35 albums, including the landmark Will The Circle Be Unbroken, initiated by John in 1971 (still a top 40 selling album!).

McEuen’s new book, The Life I’ve Picked, has been said to be one of the best music books out there with all 5 star reviews on Amazon.

Last year he was inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame!

If you don’t know John, watch his short documentary/bio with rare historic footage about his lifelong pursuits:John McEuen - a life in music:

What did Garth Brooks have say on his recent album about John McEuen?:
I went to see Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in college at Gallagher Arena. A bunch of guys in the dorm pooled our monies together and threw in an extra buck a piece to pay one of the guys to sleep out for tickets.. we got front row. We were having the time of our lives when during a fiddle solo, John McEuen leaped over the monitors and past the edge of the stage and landed in between John Mathiason and me. McEuen never missed a lick of that solo. THAT MOMENT is forever etched in my soul… Garth Brooks

Other information:
Released '07 - the Sesame Street DVD - Children's Favorite Country Songs. McEuen sings and plays Oh, Susannah with 50 goats, a cow and two dozen kids (human ones)! John has raised his 6 kids (5 boys and a girl) now between 32-42, and a 28-year-old stepson and has 7 grandchildren.
Manassas - End of Innocence plays at the Manassas Battlefield Park in Virginia featuring a music score by McEuen. Written by Ray Herbeck, Jr. and directed by Ben Burtt.
Some of the artists McEuen has performed or recorded with include: Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Jerry Garcia, Phish, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kevin Nealon, Alison Krauss, Bill Cosby, Stephen Wright, Mark O'Connor, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, Little Richard, Maybelle Carter, Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Steve Vai, Doc Watson, Jimmy Buffet, The Smothers Brothers, Rowan & Martin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Arkin, Bobby Sherman, Jose Feliciano, Allman Brothers, John Denver, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Jack Benny, Glen Campbell, Steve Goodman, Waylon Jennings, Robin Williams, Little River Band, The Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Doobie Brothers, Andy Williams, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Dizzy Gillespie, The Osmond Brothers, Everly Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Gary Morris, Doug Kershaw, Michael Martin Murphey, The Doors, Donovan, Lee Marvin, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, David Amram, Arlo Guthrie, America, Bill Monroe, Asleep at the Wheel, Aerosmith… and others.

John Cable

John is a veteran musician who began his career in the late 60s. After serving as lead guitarist and vocalist for Texas country rock pioneers, Colours, John became a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1977, they became the first American band in history to perform in the Soviet Union. John became the first American to lecture at the Moscow Conservatory of Music on the history of western Blues and Rock music.
John has performed on The Tonight Show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed in some of the great concert venues, as well, including Wolftrap, Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks.
John is currently playing and touring with John McEuen and the String Wizards.
John McEuen on Broken Knife: “If John Cable had stayed in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band we would have made some great recordings of his wonderful songs. Playing with him recently, I witnessed something very rare for new songs nowdays: people responding to something they have not heard as if it were a known hit. His music touches a nerve in people, his voice is confident, yet ‘asking you to listen’ to the message.. not demanding, but bringing you into the unfolding story. The playing is that of a seasoned pro, abilities that I welcome to play with every time we get the rare chance. Great tracks, variety of sounds, good messages.. Taking a chance on this album – John Cable/Broken Knife, is not a losing proposition, as you will have it live with you a long time.”
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