Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions

Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions is a 2002 album by The Chieftains. It is a collaboration between the Irish band and many top country music musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride and Alison Krauss.[1][2]

Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
Studio album by
The Chieftains (among others)
ReleasedSeptember 17, 2002
GenreCeltic folk, Country, Bluegrass
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerPaddy Moloney
The Chieftains (among others) chronology
The Wide World Over
Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
Further Down the Old Plank Road

Track listing

All songs traditional unless indicated.

  1. "Down the Old Plank Road" (with John Hiatt, Béla Fleck, Jeff White and Tim O'Brien)
  2. "Country Blues" (with Buddy & Julie Miller)
  3. "Sally Goodin" (with Earl Scruggs & Glen Duncan)
  4. "Dark as a Dungeon" (with Vince Gill) (Merle Travis)
  5. "Cindy" (with Kentucky Thunder & Ricky Skaggs)
  6. "Molly Bán (Bawn)" (with Alison Krauss)
  7. "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" (with Lyle Lovett)
  8. Medley: "Ladies Pantalettes; Belles of Blackville; First House in Connaught" (with Béla Fleck)
  9. "Whole Heap of Little Horses" (with Patty Griffin)
  10. "Rain and Snow" (with The Del McCoury Band)
  11. "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" (with Martina McBride)
  12. "Tennessee Stud" (with Jeff White) (Jimmy Driftwood)
  13. "Katie Dear" (with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
  14. "Give the Fiddler a Dram"


The Chieftains
  • Paddy Moloney - bagpipes [Uilleann], flute, tin whistle
  • Kevin Conneff - bodhrán
  • Derek Bell - dulcimer [Tiompán], harp, keyboards
  • Seán Keane - fiddle
  • Matt Molloy - flute

Chart performance

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 21
U.S. Billboard 200 91


  1. Stark, Phyillis (2002). "Walking the Plank". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 109 (9): 52. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
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