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Bluegrass Underground Valentine's Day ConcertBluegrass Underground is for lovers and to keep things in a Valentine's Weekend mood, we're offering our Bucket List packages, prime reserved seats that also include lodging and meals at Fall Creek Falls' beautiful lakeside lodge. So for a great getaway that will look like you've been planning it for months, come join us for some steamy romance and red-hot bluegrass in the Volcano Room on Feb. 13. Featuring the Sweethearts of Bluegrass, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, the cave will have a true blue red hot bluegrass show.

And if you're looking for a really special gift for that really special BGU fan, we have a few Bucket List & Underground packages available for the April 1-3 weekend taping of Bluegrass Underground VI, the next season of our nine-time EMMY winning PBS series. Almost all the general admission tickets are gone, so that's the only way you'll get to experience the world's biggest subterranean music fest. Bucket List tickets include accommodations at Fall Creek Falls State Park and meals, as well as prime seating and exclusive Bluegrass Underground PBS weekend swag.

On Feb. 13, St. Valentine's Eve, there's romance in the air along with the ringing banjos, fiddles, mandolins and the occasional bat (think of them as tiny, leather Cupids). That's when Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bluegrass Sweethearts, will be making their Volcano Room debut, co-headlining a bill with Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers in one of the best true bluegrass shows we've had in a while.

The Aldridges have been winning fans with their latest album, Snapshots, featuring Brooke singing the Johnny Cash hit, "Tennessee Flat Top Box", later covered by his daughter Rosanne, who called the Aldridges' recording, "a beautiful jewel of a rendition." Bluegrass fans agreed and "Tennessee Flat Top Box" became their first No. 1 bluegrass hit. The couple hails from the great bluegrass state of North Carolina, which gave us folks like Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, and though the band is young, Darin has done stints with groundbreaking bands like Acoustic Syndicate as well as the more traditional Country Gentlemen. They carry a great band of their own and it looks to be a wonderful way to start the year.

They'll be sharing the stage with one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands of our time, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. They hail from another hotbed of bluegrass, Southwest Ohio, which gave us the Osborne Brothers, Larry Sparks, Red Allen, Harley Allen and the Allen Brothers, Frank Wakefield and many more. Including me, who was part of that scene from 1978 to 2007, when my Tennessee visa was approved and I moved down here. So I've known Joe since he was kid and I will say, without fear of contradiction, that he is one of the absolute best Scruggs-style banjo players performing today. He's the son of bluegrass legend Paul 'Moon' Mullins, a triple threat as fiddler, songwriter (Ralph Stanley's "Katey Daley) and disc jockey. Joe was raised on the music and his banjo was driving his dad's band The Traditional Grass years before Joe was old enough to drive anything else.

He was later part of the all-star bluegrass band Longview, but it's with his own band The Radio Ramblers that he's really made a name for himself. Check out The Radio Ramblers' newest CD, Another Day From Life. And for a look at Mullins' days with his dad's band, Rebel Records recently released a Traditional Grass compilation album. Just like love, bluegrass doesn't mean a thing unless it's true, and these guys are the realest of deals.

On the home front, don't forget to set your DVR this month. Feb. 19, Bluegrass Underground will get its own prime time national PBS TV special, looking back at the first five years of the TV show, featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Lee Ann Womack, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Vince Gill and as many more incredible performances as we can fit into an hour. Check your local listings. And yes, it's great TV, but nothing beats experiencing it 333 below. We'll see you underground.

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