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A message from John…
“For this show I’ll bring one of the finest singers I know, Matt Cartsonis. Though he hails from Phoenix, he sings like he is from Kentucky – that high bluegrass lonesome sound with a rock and roll sensibility, and is a funny guy with funny songs, all accompanied by his hot licks on mandola and guitar. We have done hundreds of shows together.”
Matt Carstonis has played with Warren Zevon (he accompanied Zevon in his last 5 years), the Austin Lounge Lizards, and the group Bryndle.
Matt is also featured on John’s Round Trip album, and has worked with him on several film score projects over the past few years. Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endears him to audiences wherever he plays.
John recently was honored with the “Best in the West” award from the Folk Alliance. With the NGDB he has made over 35 albums, including the landmark platinum-selling Will The Circle Be Unbroken, which was initiated by John. Onstage, McEuen incorporates his vintage instruments with wizardry that keeps the audience entranced, and together with Matt Cartspnis they cover NGDB favorites not heard on stage in years, as well as focus on many songs (and the stories behind them) from the Circle album.
A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen is a powerhouse, logging 8,500 concerts over 3 million miles since 1964. He’s jammed with Phish and with a herd of goats on Sesame Street. Arguably though, McEuen’s greatest legacy may be what Rolling Stone deemed “The most important record to come out of Nashville” – Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
John McEuen’s production of The Crow with Steve Martin won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy.
Here’s a short documentary/bio with rare historic footage about John McEuen’s lifelong pursuits:
John McEuen has performed and/or recorded with: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Johnny Cash, Marshall Tucker Band, Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, Rowan & Martin, Clint Eastwood, Phish, Crystal Gayle, Michael Martin Murphey, Hans Olson, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Leon Russell, Kevin Nealon, Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger, Mary McCaslin, Vassar Clements, Jose Feliciano, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Andy Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, The Band, The Doors, Foreigner, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Little Richard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robin Williams, Albert Gore, Robert Schimmel, Tom Petty, Stephen Wright, Little River Band, Air Supply, Doobie Brothers, Bill Cosby, Martha Redbone, Hootie and the Blowfish, the list goes on, and there are stories about all of them.