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John McEuen: Made in Brooklyn

by Lee Zimmerman on January 11, 2017
John McEuen established his credence as both an archivist and traditional troubadour 45 years ago when he invited a gathering of country music’s living legends to join his group, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, in the studio for what became the groundbreaking Will the Circle Be Unbroken. That fusion of old and new Americana helped reset the course of McEuen’s 50-year career, not only with the Dirt Band, but also as inspiration for his occasional solo excursions. Still, Made in Brooklyn may be the best example yet of McEuen’s reverence for his roots. A revisit to the NGDB classic “Mr. Bojangles” adds new eloquence and insight, while covers of revered standards such as “She Darked the Sun,” “I Still Miss Someone,” “Acoustic Traveler” and Warren Zevon’s “My Dirty Life and Times” meld reverence and resilience in ways that ensure this vintage sound still thrives, even within a contemporary context.
Authors: Lee Zimmerman
Artist: John McEuen
Tags: john mceuen
Album: Made in Brooklyn
Label: Chesky

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