Further Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions

Further Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions

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by The Chieftains
     
 

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The Chieftains struck gold with 1992's Another Country, which matched Ireland's preeminent folk ensemble with the lights of American country music. They returned to the well for the lauded Down the Old Plank Road a decade later, and once again explore the links between blue grass

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The Chieftains struck gold with 1992's Another Country, which matched Ireland's preeminent folk ensemble with the lights of American country music. They returned to the well for the lauded Down the Old Plank Road a decade later, and once again explore the links between blue grass and the green grass of home with the logically titled Further Down the Old Plank Road. The star-studded album also marks the last recording from longtime Chieftain Derek Bell, the harpist who passed away in October of 2002, who is in fine form and talented as ever here. Many of the guests on Further Down have joined Paddy Moloney's men on the two previous albums: Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, John Hiatt, Chet Atkins, and Doc Watson have no problem finding their way from the mountain music of Kentucky to the strains of Ireland's rolling green hills -- and back. A shot of youthful adrenaline comes from Nickel Creek and Allison Moorer. Several tracks are reprised from the band's DVD, a live concert at the Ryman Auditorium, released in April of 2003.

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
In 2002, the legendary and insanely prolific Irish ensemble the Chieftains released Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions. Utilizing American icons like Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, and Lyle Lovett alongside the blossoming Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, their interpretations of traditional Irish and Appalachian staples yielded a surprisingly lucid bounty. Not surprisingly, the sessions also yielded another record. Further Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions follows the same thread on the neo-traditional loom, pitting the Celtic heroes against such heavyweights as Doc Watson, John Prine, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, while incorporating younger artists like Nickel Creek. The Chieftains, possibly the tightest veteran band still performing, have made a career out of effortless creativity and sheer enthusiasm, especially for projects like this one. On the gorgeous "Chief O'Neil's Hornpipe," Paddy Maloney's bittersweet piping effortlessly segues into Chet Atkins' understated picking. It's like listening to a couple of old friends sharing a beer on a Sunday evening. Emmylou Harris croons "Lambs in the Greenfield" that'll leave a lump in your throat, and Tim O'Brien tears through a version of "Shady Grove," fueled by the ancestral flames of its birth. Only the forced soul of Allison Moorer's "Hick's Farewell" and Don Williams' generic rendering of the classic ballad "Wild Mountain Thyme" keep Further Down the Old Plank Road from being a major achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Rca Victor
UPC:
0828765289726
catalogNumber:
52897

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chieftains   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Guitar (Resonator)
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals
Derek Bell   Harp,Keyboards,Tiompan
Matt Molloy   Flute
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Patty Loveless   Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Bass
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals
John Prine   Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Seán Keane   Fiddle
Sharon Shannon   Accordion
Barry Bales   Upright Bass
Kevin Bents   Piano
Mike Bub   Upright Bass
T. Michael Coleman   Bass
Kevin Conneff   Vocals,Bodhran
Margaret Dorn   Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Drums
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Jeff Hanna   Guitar,Vocals
Byron House   Upright Bass
David Hungate   Bass
Jimmy Ibbotson   Guitar
Hank "Bones" Kahn   Trombone
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
John Leventhal   Acoustic Guitar
Deborah Lyons   Background Vocals
Kenny Malone   Drums
Paddy Moloney   uillean pipes,tin whistle
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocals
Máirtín O'Connor   Accordion
Pete Wasner   Keyboards
Merle Watson   Rhythm Guitar
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Glenn Worf   Upright Bass
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Vocals
Paul Brewster   Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs   Guitar (Resonator)
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Mandolin,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
Mike Gordon   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Allison Moorer   Vocals
Barry Carroll   Harp
Teddy Thompson   Background Vocals
Carol Lee Goodgold   Background Vocals
Sara Watkins   Fiddle,Vocals
Sean Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Jeffrey Taylor   Accordion
Adam Frehm   Guitar (Resonator)
Frankie Lane   Guitar (Resonator)
Don Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Ely   Vocals
Triona Marshall   Harp
Tom Partington   Drums

Technical Credits

Matt Molloy   Arranger
Carlene Carter   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger
Seán Keane   Arranger
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser   Engineer
Paddy Moloney   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Warren Peterson   Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Keith Shortcreed   Pro-Tools

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Further Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
You will not go wrong buying both Old Plank Road sessions. This is probably the stronger of the two. My personal highlights are Shady Grove w/Tim O'Brien, Talk About Sufferin, w/Ricky Skaggs, and Roseanne Cash's great version of Lily of the West, the best song on the CD.
billtolstoy More than 1 year ago
Irish spirit goes down that old plank road that travelled through America's soul,crying with it,rejoicing in it,laughing and maybe dancing, moonshiners,kids in love,leaving gals behind,so many heart strings plucked,touched,remembered in music of Irish poets of the "hummin strummin we're alive even if we're hurtin sometimes" tradition of our shared Irish American music and history.