John McEuen and the Circle Band

John McEuen and the Circle Band:  Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Location: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center

John McEuen - with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin - brings a unique cast of iconic Americana string wizards to share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career and the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album.  With stories and sounds of early NGDB, the founding member and multi-instrumentalist takes us through their incredible journey – interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics and Carter Family music – in a multi-media presentation that features archival footage and behind the scenes photos. This concert will also feature songs from John’s newest album from Chesky Records, Made in Brooklyn, which was recently listed as Stereophile magazine's Record of the Month. John was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. To learn more, visit


John McEuen banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals

Les Thompson (original member of NGDB) bass, vocals

Matt Cartsonis guitar, mandola, vocals

John Cable (original member of NGDB) guitar, vocals

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, John instigated the 1972 classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, (inducted in to the Library of Congress as ‘one of America’s most important recordings). He has earned Emmy nominations, Grammy Awards, CMA acclaim, The Western Heritage Award, and many other accolades can be found on his website:
Proud to be an integral part of the first American band to go to Russia (in 1977!), John’s love of performing is evident when during his shows he takes us ‘behind the curtain’ of the music world that so many of us know of only as listeners, and shows us how we have all been a part of it, more than we may know.
McEuen’s XM radio show, Acoustic Traveller, is in its 6th year, and you can find his new Americana Music Show on (of which he is CEO)
As winner of the 2010 Best of the West Performer award from the Folk Alliance organization, John’s show is sure to be one enjoyed by all. He also won Best Bluegrass Album Grammy that year for his production of The Crow – Steve Martin). John in June of 2013 was honored with the Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award in North Carolina.
With music from 1860’s to now, original songs laced with known hits, and a special tribute to the ‘Circle’ album music (and the stories behind it), it all comes to life in an evening of acoustic music in overdrive.

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Show Sponsor

West Street Live Series presented by Neal Pendergraft

Additional support provided by Hershey & Denise Garner