Exclusive Premiere "Nui Ba Den" by John McEuen

by Missy Wolf / 39 days ago / Comments

When asked if we would like the opportunity to partner with the legendary John McEuen and premiere two of his songs, Center Stage Magazine happily accepted. Not knowing the story behind the first song "Nui Ba Den" before listening to it, I felt my eyes well up with tears. McEuen delivers this with such great emotion it felt as though I were there watching this all take place. It is a beautifully executed reminder of what Vietnam was. When we asked McEuen to tell us about this song, here is what he had to say.

"Nui Ba Den was written by Thomas Monroe while he was serving in Vietnam in 1968. He sent it to his brother in America. When Thomas came back to the United States, he eventually too passed away years later (not enough years) from
‘remnants of 'Agent Orange,’ His brother is the one who sent me this tough story to tell ten years ago. It was important to tell his story and make it as realistic as possible and give this story the justice it deserves." ~ John McEuen

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About John McEuen:

John McEuen, born in Oakland, CA in 1945, moved to southern California’s Orange County with his family for high school years. He and lifelong high-school friend Steve Martin both got a job in 1963 (in the magic shop) at 16! When, a couple years later, he saw Missouri bluegrass group The Dillards in an Orange County club, John’s life then headed towards his new dream: “be a traveling music man”. Leaving his Garden Grove spawning ground, his dream became more of a reality than imagined it could be!

Multi-instrumentalist McEuen (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) has been recognized as a founding member and award-winning outstanding performer of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He departed at the end of the 50th year anniversary tour Oct. 22, 2017 due to demands for his solo work and the desire to do things new. In addition to John’s numerous solo accolades, NGDB was inducted in to Colorado Music Hall of Fame 2015. It is all covered in his book The Life I’ve Picked on Chicago Review Press, published April, 2018.


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About Missy Wolf

Missy Wolf Co-Founder, Editor, Journalist & Vice President of the American Country Music Association

From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!