John McEuen with his Signature Deering Banjo

John McEuen

John McEuen is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which formed in August, 1966. Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden and John are now in their 46th year playing together. The NGDB has continually played over 7,500 shows and traveled 3 million miles to do it. They have performed on over 200 television shows. Solo, John has done another 2,500+ shows.

As a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) and solo entertainer, John has made over 40 albums (six solo) that have earned four platinum and four gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations and awards, CMA and ACM awards, Western Heritage Award, Emmy nomination, and IBMA record of the year award. In addition, John has performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. As 'a presenter', McEuen has produced over 250 concerts (his first one was Bob Dylan in 1965 at a long Beach high school).

John has known and worked with Steve Martin since high school years to the present. They both worked in Disneyland's Magic Shop as teenagers. John scored Steve's television specials, and arranged his music; The NGDB was the band on Steve's hit song, "King Tut. Recently, John's production of Steve's album The Crow - New Songs for the five-string banjo won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass album.

In celebration of John's 50 year career as a banjoist having played a Deering 30th Anniversary Banjo along with his Florentine for the past 10 years, John worked with Greg and Janet Deering to create a unique and special John McEuen Signature Model Banjo!

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