John McEuen & the String Wizards Present: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

John McEuen & the String Wizards Present: Will the Circle Be Unbroken


McEuen has now assembled a unique cast to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible career. A multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos, narrative and music of early NGDB (including 8mm footage from 1967) takes us on their incredible journey – all interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics, Carter Family music.

A special part of the program covers the NGDB’s 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain for the first American band to tour there. The cast includes the following, all stellar musicians in their own right:

Les Thompson            bass and vocals      an original founding member of NGDB

John Cable                   guitar/vocals      also toured Russia as NGDB member.

Matt Cartsonis            vocals/mandola/guitar      20 year music partner with John

When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded their landmark 1972 release, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, initiated by John McEuen (a founding member), they convened the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country: Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record that is relevant to this day (still an Amazon top seller!).

All join host John McEuen (with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin) as they share (in front of a giant screen) this magic time leading up to when three generations came together, genres merged (in 2004 The Library of Congress inducted the now multi-platinum Circle album as one of the most important American recordings) and came to life.

The evening takes us on the journey that has led to the creation of McEuen’s  new record – Made in Brooklyn – his highly praised release on Chesky Records. Closing the evening with encores of music from the new album, the audience will have seen the entire span of John McEuen’s 50 years in music and been taken back through some of the best years of their lives.

“One of the most important records to come out of Nashville…” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone



Date City Venue
Feb 23 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center / Piper Theater
Mar 07 Durango, CO Community Concert Hall
Mar 09 Kent, WA Kent-Meridian High School
Mar 10 Bremerton, WA Admiral Theatre
Mar 11 Bend, OR Tower Theatre
Mar 15 Salem, OR Historic Elsinore Theatre
Mar 16 Medford, OR Craterian Theater
Mar 17 Thousand Oaks, CA Scherr Forum Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Mar 22 Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Mar 23 Lancaster, CA Lancaster Performing Arts Center
Apr 07 Warren, PA Struthers Library Theatre
Apr 12 Loveland, CO Rialto Theater – CO
Apr 14 Ft. Pierce, FL Summer Crush Winery
Apr 20 Madison, FL North Florida Community College – Van H. Priest Auditorium
Apr 21 Largo, FL Central Park PAC
Apr 28 Fairfield, OH Fairfield Community Arts Center
May 19 Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre

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