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Albums Of The Week: Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers | Ramble In Music City: The Lost Concert (1990)

The country angel puts her new band through their paces in this sterling set.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After 15 years of touring with the beloved Hot Band, Emmylou Harris formed The Nash Ramblers, a new acoustic all-star group, in 1990, featuring Sam Bush (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Roy Huskey Jr. (bass), Larry Atamanuik (drums), Al Perkins (dobro, banjo, vocals), and Jon Randall Stewart (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals).

The band played on the road for several months before making their Nashville debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Sept, 28, 1990. That concert was recorded and shelved, while another live run at the Ryman Auditorium the following spring was released as Emmylou Harris And The Nash Ramblers At the Ryman to great acclaim, winning a Grammy and spurring public interest in saving the beloved music hall.

Now, more than 30 years later, the unearth 1990 TPAC recording has been released as Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert. The set features entirely different songs from the Ryman album and includes music by A.P. Carter, Rodney Crowell, Ruth Franks, The Louvin Brothers, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Paul Simon and Townes Van Zandt, among others, as well as Harris’s own compositions.

She says: “When James Austin, in my humble opinion, the world’s best and certainly most devoted music archeologist, unearthed the tapes of this ‘lost’ concert, I was taken aback by their very existence, like finding some cherished photograph misplaced so long ago the captured moment had been forgotten. Then the memories came flooding in, of The Nash Ramblers, hot off the road from our first tour, ready to rock and bringing their usual A-game to the hometown turf. It only took one listen to realize not a single note was out of place or in need of repair, a truly extraordinary performance by these gifted musicians. What a joy it was to share the stage with them.”

A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Harris’s contribution as a singer and songwriter spans six decades. She has recorded more than 30 albums and has also contributed to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.”