An important figure in the history of American acoustic music, multi-instrumentalist John McEuen is best known as one of the key members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the group that helped bridge the gap between bluegrass and pop while also introducing a new audience to some of the most important artists in the history of country music. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist skilled on the banjo, mandolin, guitar, and fiddle, McEuen's gifts have earned him the nickname "the String Wizard," and he still performs and records regularly in a career that's still going strong after half-a-century. John McEuen was born in Garden Grove, California on December 19, 1945. He developed an interest in music when he was a teenager, and at the age of 18, inspired after seeing a performance by the Dillards, he learned to play banjo. McEuen soon gave a ...
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