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Doyle Goes Undergound; Great Moments in Caving

Bluegrass Underground with Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverFebruary 25th, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return to The Volcano Room with Jenni Lyn. Opening the 1 p.m. show. Doyle's been a longtime favorite here at Bluegrass Underground, always putting on a dependably great concert, backed by a variety of great young pickers and singers. Like Del McCoury or Larry Sparks, at 72, Doyle is too young to be part of the First Generation, but he came along not long after. At 18, The Tennessee native was picking banjo with Jimmy Martin, before going on to play guitar and mandolin with J.D. Crowe, including the legendary lineup that featured Red Allen. He joined the Country Gentlemen in 1971, forming the second great lineup of that band, before leaving in 1979 to lead his own group. He's also featured on the incredibly influential Bluegrass Album Band CDs and tours. Suggested listening - J.D. Crowe, Bluegrass Holiday; The Award-Winning Country Gentlemen; The Bluegrass Album Band Compact Disc (compilation); and Doyle's mandolin instrumental collection, Tennessee Dream.

333 Feet Down and 8 Years Old - That's Bluegrass Underground

Bluegrass Underground 8th AnniversaryBluegrass Underground - 333 feet down and 8 years old this month. They say necessity is the mother of invention, but in our case, it was procrastination. Back in the summer of 2008, Bluegrass Underground was born after our founder Todd Mayo waited too long to rent a pontoon boat for his family's Memorial Day weekend on the Cumberland Plateau. By the time he got there, all the boats were gone, so Plan B was a tour of Cumberland Caverns. When they arrived in the Volcano Room, the lightbulb over Todd's head switched on, surprising his 1-year-old son, Jackson, who was riding his dad's shoulders. "Do you ever have concerts here?" Todd asked the guide. They didn't, but within three months Todd had started Bluegrass Underground.

Del & Dawg by Day - a Grateful Ball by Night

David Grisman and Del McCouryOn Oct. 29, 2016 - Bluegrass Underground is proud to present a day-long celebration of bluegrass and roots music by some of the best in the business. The first show starts at 1pm featuring two giants of American music, David Grisman & Del McCoury as Del & Dawg.

Del McCoury and David Grisman go Underground

Del McCoury and David GrismanDel McCoury and David Grisman are both American music legends and Bluegrass Underground is excited to announce ticket sales are now open to see them together in one of the world's coolest, most intimate venues.

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass at Bluegrass Underground Saturda

Danny Paisley and the Southern GrassThis Saturday, June 11th at 1pm CST, The Volcano Room will host a microcosm of the classic bluegrass argument, featuring Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass with Cabinet. A double bill of an absolutely, 100 percent classic bluegrass band and a hot young group that is pushing the boundaries of that style just as hard as they can. Read the full preview for this show here... Avoid the crowds and the heat, cave is always naturally cool!

Not Your Daddy's Bluegrass at Bluegrass Underground April 16

The Becky Buller BandThe cameras, cables and 73-person PBS crew from our marathon, multi-genre taping weekend are packed up and gone and it's back to bluegrass as usual this Saturday. But The Becky Buller Band and Off The Wagon aren't your usual bluegrass, they're two of the best young bands on the scene today.

Bluergrass Underground Bluegrass Valentines Concerts Feb 13

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.

The Americans & The Secret Sisters Start 2016 at Bluegrass Underground

The Secret SistersIt's the first Bluegrass Underground of 2016, but it's a show people will be talking about long after those New Year's resolutions have been forgotten. Both acts are headed to your TV this year, as part of one of the most highly-anticipated musical events on PBS - American Epic: http://www.pbs.org/americanepic/.

Mountain Heart Transplant-New Lineup Makes Volcano Room Debut

Mountain HeartMountain Heart has been a Bluegrass Underground favorite almost from the start. Like us, they're "a little bit bluegrass, a little bit underground." Deeply rooted in tradition, they've always been fearless in adding new genres to the mix, creating the kind of high-energy show that makes diehard bluegrass fans out of people who didn't know they even liked bluegrass.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Frank Fairfield & Trace Bundy Underground May 2nd

Frank Fairfield and Trace BundyWill 2015 be the year that old-time music finally hits the mainstream? Old-time music, bluegrass' much older brother (or is it father?) has been on a tear the past few years. Old Crow Medicine Show went platinum with "Wagon Wheel" and even became Grand Ole Opry members. That sound is about to get another major bump from Orthophonic Joy, the Carl Jackson-produced tribute to the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions that gave the world the first recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Old-time music gets weekly TV exposure on RFD-TV's Marty Stuart Show, in the hands of clawhammer master and "The Sultan of Goodlettsville," LeRoy Troy.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Full 2015 Season Lineup

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutMcMinnville, TN -- From Living Legends to a pre-teen phenom - BGU has a packed calendar that will feature award winning Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mountain Heart, EmiSunshine, Frank Fairfield, Ben Sollee, Annie Moses Band, Taarka, Front Country, Trace Bundy, Woody Pines, Old Salt Union, Volunteer String Band, Jimbo Darville & the Truckadors and more. Tickets go on sale Saturday 3/21/2015 at 11 AM Central.

Bluegrass Underground Announces Season Five PBS Taping Lineup

Bluegrass Underground Season 5Every year, when we announce the new season of our Emmy-winning TV series Bluegrass Underground, there's a tendency to say, "This is the best one yet." But this year, not to take anything away from those first four incredible seasons, Season 5 really is the best one yet, a subterranean festival of global proportion. The biggest names in Bluegrass and Roots music are set For Bluegrass Underground season five PBS-TV filming, March 27-29.

Bluegrass Underground Wins 4 Emmy Awards

Bluegrass UndergroundNashville, TN -- Producers of the acclaimed PBS music concert event Bluegrass Underground today announced the series is proud recipient of four coveted Emmy awards from the 28th Annual Mid South Emmy Awards. The awards were announced by the National Academy for the Television Arts & Sciences January 26th at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Bluegrass Underground Announces PBS Taping Lineup

Steep Canyon RangersMcMinnville, TN -- The fourth season of PBS' Emmy-winning Bluegrass Underground series - the best looking and sounding music on television - will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, roots-rock and the cutting edges of acoustic music. But you don't have to wait for it to come to your TV. Expanded to four days, the marathon video shoot is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014, in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn., with tickets going on sale soon at www.bluegrassunderground.com.

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