John McEuen
The Newsman: A Man of Record

Release Date: 12 April 2024
Genre: Americana / Bluegrass / Folk

John McEuen’s new album, The Newsman: A Man of Record, draws inspiration from personal encounters, literary classics, and historical sagas, showcasing McEuen’s unparalleled storytelling prowess.

John McEuen stands as a venerable figure, a maestro of storytelling woven into the melodies of country, bluegrass, and folk. His new album, The Newsman: A Man of Record, a departure from his conventional musical repertoire, features ten spoken word tracks and one instrumental, each a theatrical masterpiece resonating with McEuen’s distinctive musical style.

The journey through The Newsman begins with the title track, a poignant narrative inspired by a real-life encounter with a newspaper vendor in Los Angeles who left an indelible mark on the young musician. From there, the album ventures into realms both historical and personal, culminating in “Jules’ Theme,” an evocative piece drawn from Jules Verne’s poignant tale shared in a French cemetery.

Reflecting on his inspiration for this innovative project, McEuen muses, “I have been around the world playing music and collecting stories for… a long time.” Drawing from influences as varied as Meredith Willson’s The Music Man and Hank Williams Sr.’s talking blues, McEuen’s storytelling prowess shines through in each track.