Nathan McEuen
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Nathan McEuen

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Nathan McEuen’s career in music is not something unexpected. When Nathan was a boy, his Dad would sometimes take him along to work – which is not so unusual for a father and son, except that "work," in this case, was a concert hall, festival site, or arena filled with cheering fans, and "Dad" is John McEuen, the white-bearded guitar-, banjo-, fiddle- and mandolin-playing backbone of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He grew up in and around the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by incredible music and talented musicians, and his childhood was spent on the road touring and learning the business of music. He wrote his first song by the age of eight, and started performing with his dad at an early age at festivals, bars, theaters, and radio stations.
Inspiration was never in short supply, as he would hang out backstage with people like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. With all of these immortal names in music as part of his young life, Nathan says “I am hesitant to pick just one source of my inspiration, but the circumstances that I grew up in best prepared and motivated me for what is now my life’s passion.”
Though his early experiences ignited his passion for music, he did not rest on the credits of his heritage – Nathan has performed on his own merit on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Grand Ol’ Opry. He has opened for David Crosby and Graham Nash, Dave Mason, Kenny Loggins, John Denver, Monte Montgomery, and performed with Kevin Nealon (SNL), Brett Dennen, and Mario Calire (Ozomatli, Wallflowers). He has worked with Greg Penny (producer K.D. Lang, Elton John), Paul Williams, Willie Nelson, and many others.

That earned experience serves his career as he creates original material, records albums, and tours the country under the umbrella of his own independent label: Lint Records (a nod to his high school-era band). Nathan has released two full-length albums and played over one thousand live shows.
“Grand Design”, his first solo album, was released in 2005 under his own label, Lint Records, and contained eleven original songs. String arrangements and an acoustic electric fusion make up this album’s eclectic flavor. The title track, written with fellow celebrity son Crosby Loggins, is a tribute to artists and musicians who, on the road to fame or obscurity, undergo the frustration and self-loathing characteristic of being in the business. Fortunately, Nathan has made some headway -- the autobiographical truth to the line “the Grammies ain’t playing my song” might be diminished by the fact that during Grammy time he was able to meet with the president of Capitol Records and hand off a copy of his CD.
2007’s follow up “FESTIVAL” took an old school route. All sixteen original songs were performed live in the studio in one take with very minimal overdubbing. This technique gives “FESTIVAL” a raw energy that is otherwise lost in most mainstream music today. “The technique of capturing live performance in the studio has always fascinated me. Recordings created in this fashion fuel and better represent the immense amount of energy that can only be found in live performances. This very concept of lineage, of connecting with the past, and the creative energy of new work keeps me traveling around the world playing upwards of five hundred shows over the past three years,” says Nathan.
Nathan’s dedication to the quality of his craft is evident from his original material to his numerous live performances. His work has been called “future retro folk rock,” but while his music acknowledges folk traditions, little of his music seems overtly folk. The levels that he has reached on a solely independent label are a tribute to his motivation and strict work ethic. As he continues to grow and create as an artist, Nathan’s fans continue to grow in numbers as he inflicts inspiration to people of all ages.