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Acclaimed Bluegrass Underground Wins Emmy Award

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Bluegrass UndergroundNashville, TN -- January 29th, 2013 - Producers of the acclaimed PBS music concert event series Bluegrass Underground today announced that the series is a proud recipient of a coveted EMMY award from the 27th Annual Mid South Emmy Awards. The honorees were announced January 26th in a ceremony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. Bluegrass Underground is a live concert and radio show held inside the Volcano Room -- an amphitheater 333 feet underground, one of the most acoustically pure natural spaces on or under the earth.

The Emmy for excellence in Lighting design and execution was awarded Bluegrass Underground Season One. Recipients included the nationally recognized lighting designer Allen Branton, gaffer Han Henze, electrician Wally Bigbee and the series' production company, Todd Squared, LLC.

The Emmy for Lighting was one of five categories for which Bluegrass Underground held nominations. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) judges also honored the 'underground' series with additional Emmy nominations for Best Arts Program, Technical Achievement, Videography and Audio.

Allen Branton (lighting designer for such artistic luminaries as Michael Jackson, U2, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Madonna) believes there could be no better place for his work than in the true absence of all light, such as this concert location: 333-feet deep inside the wondrous Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns near McMinnville, TN. "I want to thank the cave. What a joy to practice one's craft in such a special place".

"The Bluegrass Underground Emmy recognizes the commitment to quality and excellence that this series strives to achieve," said Todd Jarrell, one of the executive producers of the series. "We are deeply honored for this recognition and very satisfied to see the work of Allen, Han, Wally and the entire team recognized."

"Bluegrass Underground is a little bit Bluegrass and a little bit Underground," says series creator and executive producer Todd Mayo, "literally and metaphorically an effort to shine a light on America's finest export: it's musical culture."

Directed by Nashville's legendary James Burton Yockey, this Americana-Roots-Bluegrass 'musical adventure' series found wide acclaim in its first season and is now airing on PBS in over 200+ U.S. markets. The unique mix of HD video, a near-perfect acoustical cavern, and top musical talent brings viewers "an eye-popping presentation of one of the most visually amazing venues there is," says Jarrell.

Currently midway through its Season Two run, Bluegrass Underground Season Three will premier nationally on PBS in September, 2013.

Underwriters of the television series include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Nissan of North America, Griffin Technology, French's Shoes & Boots, and The City of McMinnville. "Our partners believe in the series, and for their support we are truly grateful," says producer Todd Mayo adding, "receiving recognition like these awards just adds icing to a very special cake."

For more information please visit says series creator and executive producer Todd Mayo,

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