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Nathan McEuen showcases Americana style at Wine and Song

By John Sollenberger 05/16/2013

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Sometimes the musical apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Consider Americana singer and guitarist Nathan McEuen, for example, performing Wednesday night at Brad Colerick’s Wine and Song singer/songwriter showcase at South Pasadena’s Firefly Bistro.

McEuen comes from musical roots. His father, John McEuen, was a founding member of the hit 1960s band The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. However, genetics and familial connections only take you so far, sometimes nowhere at all unless you have the goods to back it up. By all accounts, the younger McEuen is his own man when it comes to talent and ability.
Consider his track record. He’s played at The Grand Ole Opry three times now, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” worked with The Steve Martin Band, and over a 15-plus-year career has played more than 2,000 shows. Along the way, he’s opened for and performed with a veritable who’s who of stars in the country and folk galaxy.
McEuen recently charted high on’s alt-country chart with the disc, “For All the Good: The McEuen Sessions,” a family effort with his father and brother, Jonathan McEuen, one of the six CDs he’s fathered.
Wednesday promises to be an up-close date with an awesome talent, close to home. Check him out at

Music starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wine and Song at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena. Sugar in the Gourd also performs. No cover. Call (626) 441-2443 or visit


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