John McEuen has announced he will be leaving the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. McEuen helpled found the group in 1966.
McEuen left the band in 1986 and rejoined the band again in 2001. McEuen gave the following statement as to why he is leaving the group again:
“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. It has been a great privilege to work alongside the others; together, we made history. 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!”