Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers' Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert, features the 1990 Nashville debut of the acoustic all-star group—Sam Bush, Roy Huskey Jr., Larry Atamanuik, Al Perkins, Jon Randall Stewart—at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The concert was recorded and shelved until now, when, more than 30 years later, it has been unearthed to be released for the first time. The set features entirely different songs from the band's acclaimed live album At the Ryman, with music by A.P. Carter, Rodney Crowell, Ruth Franks, the Louvin Brothers, Doc Pomus, Paul Simon, Townes Van Zandt, and Harris herself.
Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers' album Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert was released September 3, 2021, on Nonesuch Records. After fifteen years of touring with the beloved Hot Band, 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 (TPAC) on September 28, 1990. That concert was recorded and shelved, while another live run at the Ryman Auditorium the following spring was released as At the Ryman to great acclaim, winning a Grammy and spurring public interest in saving the beloved music hall. Now, more than thirty years later, Rhino’s James Austin has unearthed the 1990 TPAC recording and Nonesuch releases Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert for the first time. The TPAC 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 her own compositions.
You can have a look inside the vinyl package here:
Harris says of Ramble in Music City: “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.”
To coincide with the album's release, Austin City Limits has released videos of Harris and the Nash Ramblers performing three of the album tracks on a 1993 broadcast of the show: "Sweet Dreams," "Hello Stranger," and "Roses in the Snow." You can watch them here:
A thirteen-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris' contribution as a singer and songwriter spans six decades. She has recorded more than thirty 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. Her most recent new release, a collaboration with Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind, followed the longtime friends' first duet album, Old Yellow Moon, which won a Best Americana Album Grammy Awards as well as two Americana Music Association Awards, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.
Produced and Recorded by Allen Reynolds on September 28, 1990 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN
Recording Engineers: Johnny Rosen, Mark Miller
House Sound: Sam Parker
Stage Monitor: Les Banks
Stage Manager: Maple Byrne
Mixed at Allentown Studios, Nashville, TN by Mark Miller with assistance by Matt “Buster” Allen
Mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Masters, Nashville, TN
Produced for Release by James Austin & Emmylou Harris
Art Direction & Design by Michael Carney
Emmylou Harris, acoustic guitar, vocals
Sam Bush, fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Roy Huskey Jr., bass
Larry Atamanuik, drums
Al Perkins, dobro, banjo, vocals
Jon Randall Stewart, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals