Chieftains, Nashville’s Finest Converge at Ryman

Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and other esteemed country artists joined the Chieftains, the noted Irish band, at a fast-moving show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Monday (Sept. 30). Many of the stars appear on the Chieftains’ new album, Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions. Each singer performed one selection, with very little downtime between songs. Highlights included Emmylou Harris’ stunning rendition of “Lambs on the Green Hills” and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ immaculate “Katie Dear.” The Chieftains welcomed the Del McCoury Band and a host of additional musicians and numerous Irish dancers for a crowded finale. The two-and-a-half-hour concert was filmed for a DVD release. 10/1/02