After fifty years, John McEuen, one of the founding members with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, has decided to leave the band immediately. Stating “enough is enough,” McEuen exited the band at the conclusion of their 2017 tour on Oct. 22.
This is not the first time McEuen called it quits. After joining the band in 1966, McEuen left in 1986 to pursue a solo career and returned in 2001.
In a number of different incarnations, the band has released numerous albums and popular singles including, “Long Hard Road,” “Modern Day Romance” “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ In The Dark.”
The 71 year-old has recorded more than 30 albums with the band and was instrumental in initiating the award winning Will The Circle Be Unbroken album in 1971.
After careful consideration, McEuen released a statement in regard to his departure:
“In assessing the situation surrounding our performances, business disagreements and ongoing difference of opinions, the timing is appropriate for my departure. As a catalyst to my decision, in December 2015, I received confirmation from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Inc. that I was an ’employee’– no longer a member of the corporation that I helped to build.
It has been a great privilege to work alongside the others; together, we made history. After 50 years, the time has come for me to bid adieu to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stage. I will move forward with great pride in my personal and musical contributions to NGDB and now can fully concentrate on my independent endeavors. I have much to do and many more creative ideas to pursue. Because of this relationship, I have more stories than you can shake a pick at. (…That will come later!)”
Looking forward to see what’s next for the California native.