The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

by John McEuen
The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

by John McEuen


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John McEuen is one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, NGDB. Now 50-years strong, the band is best known for its evergreen bestselling album Will the Circle Be Unbroken and for its gorgeous version of the song “Mr. Bojangles.” McEuen is one of the seminal figures who conceived and originated the fusion of folk, rock and country, a unique sound still hugely popular today. In addition to performing on tour with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and on dozens of bestselling NGDB albums (many of which went platinum and gold), McEuen also has a successful solo performing and recording career. And as a music producer, he won the Grammy Award in 2010 for producing The Crow, a music album by Steve Martin, John’s lifelong friend. McEuen writes candidly and movingly about the ups and downs in his life. Among the highs was NGDB’s tour of  the Soviet Union in 1977; they were the first American group to perform there. Among the downs was the breakup of his family in the 1980s. McEuen is a born storyteller, and his tales of working with everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash to the Allman Brothers to Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton to, of course, Steve Martin will thrill every fan of folk, rock, and country music alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613738955
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 481,026
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A cofounderof the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen has made over forty albums, hosts his Sirius/XM Satellite show called Acoustic Traveller, and is CEO of SyndicatedNews.Net.

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 You Can't Get Here from There 1

2 The Real Thing, the Big Show, Rock 'n' Roll! 21

3 Paint Your Wagon, a.k.a. the Big Break 35

4 It's Over-Breakup-to the Next Level 45

5 From Cowtown to Circles 61

6 The Circle Album 75

7 The Road Can Rule You 91

8 Road Animals: Linda, Bottom Line, Sedalia, Wyman, Russell 99

9 The Good, the Bad, and the Drugly 111

10 The Most per Note We Ever Made 127

11 The Red Brick Road 137

12 Starting On-the-job Training Being Towed in the Fast Lane 155

13 Little Jean, Dancing, Brings Us Together 173

14 That "I-Became-Earl-Scruggs"Moment 183

15 The Candidate Didn't Make It to the White House - What the Pluck Happened? 191

16 Can We Win This Crowd? And Finally Waking Up 207

17 Party of Seven-Single Father to the Max 221

18 Surfing in Kansas 227

19 Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, and Four Ex- Wives 239

20 The Fog of Wall and Phishing for Notes 253

21 Closing the Decade and Opening the New Century 265

22 You Never Know Who You Know until You Meet Them 281

23 McNamara Fog-Speed of Life-to NYC 291

24 Digging into the Apple 297

25 Full Circle: I Didn't Know 1 Would Get Here from There 307

Acknowledgments 317

Index 319

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