New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen is set to release a new single to radio - “Excitable Boy.” The Warren Zevon
favorite is highlighted on McEuen’s new 16-song, high-definition recording project titled MADE IN BROOKLYN (due September
30/Chesky Records) and will be released to radio and available for streaming August 26, 2016. Fans who pre-order the album (available for pre-sale on 8/26/2016 via all major digital retail outlets) will receive a digital download of the single as an instant gratification gift to the purchaser.
“‘Excitable Boy’ is one of the strangest songs I’ve heard; like ‘Knoxville Girl,’ ‘Polly Von,’ or ‘Mack The Knife,’ it could be classified as a ‘killer ballad’.” McEuen said. “Not that we were looking for something morbid; I just felt compelled to record something dark. It’s a classic and an all-time Zevon fan favorite. It works great as a ‘new’ Bluegrass murder ballad, but is not likely to make it to the Opry!”
Featured on McEuen’s newest solo album, “Excitable Boy” offers music enthusiasts a taste of what’s to come from this highly anticipated Chesky Records project. MADE IN BROOKLYN is chock-full with signature originals, pays homage to yesteryear and highlights a lost classic. With multi-genre and generation appeal, created in similar fashion to the landmark WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (with musicians all in one room, in this case a church in Brooklyn, recording in a circle all at the same time), “Excitable Boy” spotlights performances by David
Bromberg [who has performed alongside Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan], Matt Cartsonis (Zevon’s stage partner for many years), Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth) and Jay Ungar on fiddle.
MADE IN BROOKLYN is a “music-to-your-ears” audio feast purposefully produced to give the listener an “in-studio experience,” part of Chesky’s Binaural + Series. Borrowing from an old-fashioned, live production method, all musicians were strategically positioned in a reverberant church (located in Brooklyn, NY) for a simultaneous recording. The live performances were captured in high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) with the single “Dummy Head” microphone system, affectionately named “LARS.” (Lars' ear microphones are specially calibrated to recreate the spatial characteristics of human hearing to offer a spacious, lush and multi-dimensional listening experience).
MADE IN BROOKLYN is poised to rank among the audiophiles’ top “must-have” recordings; “Excitable Boy” will be at the top of the playlist.
“Excitable Boy” • Available 8/26/2016 for streaming.
MADE IN BROOKLYN • Available 9/30/2016 via all major digital retail outlets and HD Tracks.
[Album pre-sale begins August 26, 2016; purchasers who take advantage of the pre-order, will receive “Excitable Boy” as an instant gratification track.]
ABOUT JOHN McEUEN
Over the course of his 50-year career, multi-instrumental "String Wizard" John McEuen has performed more than 9,500 concerts, covering more than three million miles globally with the Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band (a founding member) and as a solo performer. McEuen’s lasting legacy includes the WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN album, which he initiated, recognized as "the most important record to come out of Nashville" (Rolling Stone) and "the most important record in country music" (2004 ZAGAT survey).
Beyond performing, McEuen has produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career (the first in 1965 in Long Beach Calif. with Bob Dylan). In 2010, his record production of THE CROW (Steve Martin) won a GRAMMY for “Best Bluegrass Album.”
McEuen has a rich history in creating, producing and preserving original, traditional folk and acoustic music and taking it to new audiences. McEuen's THE MUSIC OF THE WILD WEST was honored with the Western Heritage Award; he scored a GRAMMY nomination for STRING WIZARDS II and earned the Uncle Dave Macon Award for “excellence in preservation and performance of historic music.” McEuen has recorded over 40 albums (6 solo)--four platinum and five gold--garnering awards that include GRAMMYs, Emmy nominations, CMA and ACM awards and IBMA Record of the Year honors.
John is show host of the popular "Acoustic Traveller" radio show on Sirius/XM's The Bridge (now in its 8th year) and is the CEO and music producer of Syndicatednews.net (or SNN.BZ), a music/entertainment and world news website.
INTRODUCING THE PERFORMERS/PLAYERS ON “EXCITABLE BOY”:
Bromberg has performed alongside Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. The Grammy nominated musician co-wrote "The Holdup" with former Beatle, George
Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled album (1972). John and David
have performed together many times since meeting in the ‘70’s.
Cartsonis was the composer the highly rated CBS Special "The Women of Country Music." In collaboration with Van Dyke Parks, Matt produced, and performed on, the soundtrack for the groundbreaking original miniseries, "Broken Trail" (AMC). He composed (and wrote) for the animated series, "New Adventures Of Jonny Quest," (Hanna-Barbera), "Behind The Music” (VH-1) as well as "Judging Amy" (ABC) and "Going To California." (Showtime). The Food Network and HGTV are among Cartsonis’ many other credits. John and Matt have been ‘musical and performance partners’ for the past 20 years.
Andy is a founding member of the Americana band, Railroad Earth. He plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, reeds, penny whistle and recorder.
Best known for "Ashokan Farewell" originally composed as a lament in 1987, the tune became the theme song for the documentary “The Civil War” (1990). In 1992, Ungar and his wife, Molly
Mason, provided the soundtrack to the acclaimed documentary film “Brother's Keeper.”