When I sat down to interview family trio the McEuens about their debut record, I thought I'd break the ice with a little joke.
"So, obviously you guys have been playing together for a long time," I quipped. "Why did you decide to finally make a record?"
John McEuen stops me with a worried look on his face. "Wait a minute," he said. "You do realize these are my sons...right?"
I begin to laugh--I can't help it--and the sons in question, Jonathan and Nathan, laugh as well. Dad, realizing that he didn't get my bit of humor, sheepishly grins.The McEuens
It actually may be forgiven not to have heard of the McEuens as a unit; however, any fan of music should rightly be aware of John McEuen's illustrious career as both a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt band and a solo artist. He's made over 40 records total, appeared on dozens more as a guest artist, and performed or collaborated with a dazzling list of superstars ranging from Dolly Parton to Willie Nelson to Phish to Bob Dylan to the Doors. He's also done extensive scoring for film and television, and won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for his production of The Crow--New Songs for the 5-string Banjo by Steve Martin.Read More »from Meet The McEuens: One Famous Dad, Two Talented Kids, A Seriously Great Musical Collaboration