Monday, September 20, 2010

John McEuen Founder of the Deadwood Jam Returns - Black Hills Pioneer Report

John McEuen, a founder of the Deadwood Jam, returned for the 2010 Jam to perform at the Interpretative Center in Deadwood. This is the 20th Anniversary!

In 1966, he founded the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. On the left, John is shown on top of the Empire State building. In his successful portfolio of distinctive style of music, John has experimented with different music genres, and this year picked up a 2010 Grammy.

After a five year absence, musician John McEuen performed last Friday night 9/17/2010

DEADWOOD -- Rarely does a gambling town like Deadwood name a holiday after a string-picking vagabond.

But then again, acoustic musicians like John McEuen are rare.

The string-picker helped the Deadwood Jam music festival get started 20 years ago, and on Monday 9/13/2010, Mayor Francis Toscana named today as “John McEuen Day” to commemorate the man “who set the tone for the festival's future … and helped to make it the premier music festival in the Black Hills of South Dakota.”

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