John McEuen (right) with John Cable.

dR Daily 12/17/18: John McEuen at the Hideaway Cafe

The jangly, homespun sounds of the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band (“Mr. Bojangles,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”) first rose to prominence in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and their music has remained influential ever since, in no small part because of the talents of co-founder John McEuen. He’s brought his expertise in roots, bluegrass and what’s now broadly known as Americana music to TV, film and record production (including Steve Martin’s Grammy-winning The Crow), and although he left NGDB a few years ago he’s still recording and touring on his own.

Lucky for us, he now lives in South Tampa, so it’s just a quick trip for him over the Howard Frankland to St. Pete’s Hideaway Cafe, the intimate club that landed on dRTB’s 2019 A to Z list as one of the best places in the area to hear acoustic music. Tonight, in a return visit to the club, he’ll be bringing his banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and a special guest — singer, guitarist and fellow NGDB alum John Cable. â€œWe go through the hits, music and stories,” says McEuen. “Bluegrass as well as music from my recent Made in Brooklyn album.” 

Tues. 12/17, Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Doors open at 6. Show starts at 8. Tickets at hideawaycafe.biz.