Equal parts style and soul, Jonathan McEuen has defiantly pursued his innate talents as a guitarist and singer, resulting in a remarkable artistic trajectory that spans 30 years.
His first taste of the big time was landing in final auditions for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1987. Appearing on Nashville Now with Ralph Emery, and being turned down by every label in Nashville at the age of 12, was his second. This, however, ignited his passion for playing and performing music even more.
Jonathan comes from a rich musical lineage, growing up in the Americana scene his father, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, helped coin. At 13, Jonathan became his father's musical partner and a favorite at festivals throughout America.
In 2002, Jonathan and his first cousin, Jamie Hanna, founded Hanna-McEuen, a duo spawning from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Their fathers, Jeff Hanna, and the aforementioned John McEuen, co-founded the group.
Hanna-McEuen skyrocketed to fame, performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and playing The Grand Ole Opry a number of times. The duo got a big break in Nashville after a gig at The Bluebird Cafe from Scott Borchetta (Taylor Swift), who took an interest in Hanna-McEuen, and offered them a record deal with DreamWorks SKG/Nashville (James Stroud Producing), which later merged with MCA/Universal Nashville.
In 2005, the duo released their eponymous debut album via MCA/Universal, establishing a cult following and resulting in a national, multi-date tour with music giants Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dierks Bentley, The Mavericks, Gary Allan, Dwight Yoakam, and more.
As a solo artist, Jonathan has shared the stage with world-class artists such as Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Dave Mason, Vassar Clements, Robben Ford, Dwight Yoakam, and others.
Currently based in Ventura County, Jonathan has been actively involved in preserving the California/country coastal sound through his relentless and decades-long support of the local live music scene.
Management: Gem State Entertainment
What makes his performance memorable for NAMM? Jonathan is a natural entertainer with considerable personal charm and extreme versatility in all instruments, including guitar, banjo, vocals, and piano. His charisma, combined with his innate talent, make for an explosive and captivating performance that instantly engages the audience. Thank you for your consideration!