Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers recorded live at the original Grand Ole Opry building (the Ryman Auditorium) from April 30, 1991 to May 2, 1991. The generous 16-track set reaches all the way back to the 19th century for Stephen Foster's "Hard Times," also touching on cowboy songs "Cattle Call," "Montana Cowgirl," honky tonk "Half As Much," gospel "Get Up, John," bluegrass "Walls of Time" and modern traditionalism "Guitar Town." Harris also manages to incorporate some rock numbers here like Bruce Springsteen's "Mansion on the Hill" and John Fogerty's "Lodi" without breaking stride. Throughout, the then newly formed Nash Ramblers provide seamless, effortlessly virtuosic support. At the Ryman is a great album from one of modern country's greatest artists. Remastered version.
Emmylou Harris, guitar, lead vocals
Roy Huskey, Jr., upright bass, harmony vocals
Larry Atamanuik, drums, percussion, harmony vocals
Sam Bush, mandolin, fiddle, harmony vocals
Al Perkins, banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Jon Randall Stewart, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals