John McEuen has announced his immediate departure from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the band he helped form in 1966.
“In assessing the situation surrounding our performances, business disagreements and ongoing difference of opinions, the timing is appropriate for my departure,” the multi-instrumentalist said in a press release. “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.”
His exit from the iconic band, best known for their hit song, “Fishin’ In the Dark,” comes at the conclusion of their 50th Anniversary Tour, which wrapped up in Fargo, North Dakota, this past Sunday (October 22nd).
“It has been a great privilege to work alongside the others; together, we made history,” McEuen continues. “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!)”
McEuen has already recorded six critically-acclaimed solo albums, and was recently inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.