John is a veteran musician who began his career in the late 60s. After serving as lead guitarist and vocalist for Texas country rock pioneers, Colours, John became a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1976, they became the first American band in history to perform in the Soviet Union. John became the first American to lecture at the Moscow Conservatory of Music on the history of western Blues and Rock music.
John has performed on The Tonight Show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed in some of the great concert venues, as well, including Wolftrap, Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks.
John is currently playing and touring with John McEuen in his Circle Band.

John McEuen on Broken Knife: “If John Cable had stayed in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band we would have made some great recordings of his wonderful songs. Playing with him recently, I witnessed something very rare for new songs nowdays: people responding to something they have not heard as if it were a known hit. His music touches a nerve in people, his voice is confident, yet ‘asking you to listen’ to the message.. not demanding, but bringing you into the unfolding story. The playing is that of a seasoned pro, abilities that I welcome to play with every time we get the rare chance. Great tracks, variety of sounds, good messages.. Taking a chance on this album – John Cable/Broken Knife, is not a losing proposition, as you will have it live with you a long time.”
John McEuen/NGDB