John McEuen and the String WizardsName: John McEuen and the String WizardsDate: September 14, 2019Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDTEvent Description:
When John initiated the Will the Circle Be Unbroken* album with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band it brought together the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Junior Huskey, Oswald Kirby Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six hot August Nashville recording days produced this benchmark album, relevant to this day (Amazon top-30 still!).
McEuen has now assembled a unique cast for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken record and his incredible career with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The cast includes:
Les Thompson - bass, vocals, bouzouki, an original NGDB founding member
John Cable - guitar/vocals/mandolin, also toured Russia as NGDB member.
Matt Cartsonis - vocals/mandola/guitar, 25- year music partner with John
All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share (in front of the screen) hits and stories behind the music, leading up to that magic time when three generations came together. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum ‘Circle’ as one of “…the most important American recordings” (it’s also in the Grammy Hall of Fame).
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the Crane group.