Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions Import
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Top Customer Reviews
__Down the Old Plank Road_ features lots of current giants in the Bluegrass & Newgrass scene. Performances range from stunning to amusing, and many both point out the differences as well as heighten the similarities between Bluegrass and its Grandfather, Irish Traditional music. There is a higher proportion of vocal music than you would expect to find on a strictly Celtic album and the arrangements struck me as more Bluegrassy than Celtic, too, with instrumental virtuosity peeking out between the verses of songs rather than taking center stage as much. So if you listen mainly to Celtic music, you might find this odd and unsatisfying.
I really enjoyed all the songs, particularly Vince Gill's "Dark as Dungeon" and Allison Krauss' chilling "Molly Ban." The latter was probably the most "Celtic" track on the CD, with the possible exception of Bela Fleck's set of reels. I also liked the finale track, "Give the Fiddler a Dram" quite a bit and appreciated how it gave every player a solo moment -- something that both the Chieftains and Bluegrass tradition often do. I really would have liked the liner notes to be more detailed for this track, though; if you're unfamiliar with the artists' different styles it's hard to know who's doing what.
A real treat for fans of Bluegrass and Celtic music alike!
The album opens with a swirl of the harp strings as the band launch into the title track with vocals from John Hiatt who describes the Chieftains as "the original rock gods".
The guest artists come from both the new and the old traditions. They include Martina Mc Bride, Buddy Miller, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck Jeff White, Vince Gill and many others.
On this fourteen track disc there a few stand out songs including:
"Molly Bawn" with Alison Krauss.
"Cindy" with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
"Don't let your deal go down" by Lyle Lovett.
Perhaps the best of all is a song that has been slaughtered in many a singing pub by a "musician" engaged in mortal combat with a drum machine. This is by Vince Gill one of the biggest stars in Nashville, he sings " Dark as a Dungeon".
"Down the old Plank Road" is the Chieftains 40th album and a fitting tribute to Derek Bell their harpist who died recently. . He gave them their unique sound and added much of the humor to their style of playing.
I am an a la carte Chieftains fan. I never considered them "rock gods" but I really enjoyed my fifty four minutes "Down the Old Plank Road".
But on this album they seem relegated to the status of a back-up band! You can't hear them at all. Where are the wonderful solos of world-class musicians like fiddler Sean Keane or flautist Matt Meloy? Where is Paddy Moloney's banter? Where is Kevin Conneff's marvelous tenor? The artists that ARE featured are excellent, but they are no longer collaborating with the C's, they are merely using them as studio artists.
If you are a fan of the Nashville stars on this album, you will enjoy it, but only on the Finale track do we get anything like enough Chieftains presence for my tastes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Love Love the Chieftains and here, playing with so many other big name stars, shear pleasure!Published 19 months ago by Alice in Wonderland
Beeing part of an old music tradition in Sweden and also a part of the new music tradition in the 60:s and 70:s
I have always tried to find the connection. Read more
Is a great mix of old and new music by the Irish Chieftains.It is easy to see why this band has lasted 50 plus yearsPublished on February 1, 2013 by Paul Mosley
I tried for months to find this cd and finally found it on Amazon.com .What an amazing mix of music,I haven't stopped playing it since it arrived in my mailbox. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by mardyjean
Despite the editorial comment
"While this set will likely appeal more to fans of contemporary Irish music than to hard-core twang fans... Read more
The Chieftains..BLUE GRASS?
Yep, shure 'nough is, y'all.
When people hear "Chieftains" they're thinking Irish, Gaelic..but BLUE GRASS? Read more
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