John McEuen and the String Wizards
May 26th, Gram Parsons Derry Down welcomes John McEuen and the String Wizards - Will the Circle Be Unbroken
McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his career with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on his incredible 55-year journey - interwoven with radio favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music. A unique part of the show covers the historic 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there. The cast, all stellar musicians in their own right, includes: Les Thompson, bass/vocals/bouzouki and NGDB founding member. John Cable, guitar/mandolin/vocals John also toured Russia with NGDB. Matt Cartsonis, vocals/mandola/guitar a 25 year music partner with John.
When John initiated the album Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record still relevant today (Amazon top-seller still!). All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share hits and stories behind the music, leading up to this 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).
The evening’s journey leads to classic favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month). The audience will see the entire span of John McEuen’s years in music and be taken back through some of the best years of their lives.
Songs may include: Mr. Bojangles, Some of Shelly’s Blues, Keep on the Sunny Side, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Dance Little Jean, Long Hard Road, House at Pooh Corner, Wreck on the HiWay, Earl’s Breakdown, Cannonball Rag, Dismal Swamp, I Saw the Light, Acoustic Traveller, Fingerbuster , Buy for Me the Rain She Darked the Sun, Wildwood Flower, The Grand Ole Opry Song, Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Okie Boogie