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Born in Oakland, CA in 1945, John McEuen relocated to Orange County for high school, where he began his musical journey at 16 while working in a magic shop alongside Steve Martin. Co-founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen’s departure after 50 years marked a shift towards solo endeavors and new creative paths. Notably, he orchestrated the groundbreaking ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken‘ album, boasting collaborations with bluegrass legends and earning multiple accolades. With over 40 albums (6 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, IBMA Record of the Year, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist and a prolific career spanning nearly six decades in live entertainment including concerts, television, and production, John shows no signs of slowing down.

John’s production of Steve Martin – The Crow won the 2010 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. The Music of the Wild West – produced by McEuen – was honored with the Western Heritage Award. A Grammy nomination for String Wizards II preceded the 1994 Uncle Dave Macon Award – for excellence in preservation and performance of historic music. John’s popular Acoustic Traveller show is now in its 16th year on SiriusXM’s The Bridge. McEuen produced and directed the 1990’s documentary film The Dillards – A Night In the Ozarks, which captures his early mentors at their best. His recent ventures include producing albums, writing books, and exploring spoken-word projects, epitomizing his enduring passion for storytelling and music exploration. McEuen’s has a new album, a brilliant spoken word project he has been working on for years, ‘The Newsman,’ released on April 12, 2024. It’s a brilliant spoken-word project with music underlying fascinating stories and poems spanning over 100 years. For more information, visit