Concertgoers at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium got a special Christmas surprise this past Sunday (Dec. 18). Country outlaw Jamey Johnson and bluegrass legend Alison Krauss made a surprise appearance onstage at the beloved Mother Church.
Johnson and Krauss joined Rufus Wainwright’s “Noel Nights” show for a rendition of “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” Their four-part harmonies spun a stunning rendition of the gospel tune that surely warmed the room. You can watch their incredible performance below in its entirety.
“Noel Nights” is an annual fundraising performance from siblings Martha and Rufus Wainwright, along with the help of friends and family. The charity show raises funds to help fight sarcoma, the disease that caused the death of Rufus and Martha’s mother and famed folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
This year, the Quebec, Montreal natives brought their Christmas show to Nashville for the first time. The Wainwrights were joined on stage by an all-local backing band and a number of famous friends. Johnson, Krauss, Karen Elson, Kennedy Rose, and Emmylou Harris all performed during the benefit.
It’s clear that Johnson and Krauss helped bring a little more country twang to the benefit show and made the Wainwrights feel right at home.