Bluegrass Underground Announces Season VII of
13-time Emmy-winning PBS series;
Five Additional 2017 Regional Emmy Nominations
Bluegrass icons, rising stars of Americana, roots
rock masters, country music gamechangers, Nashville gospel royalty, a
generation-spanning Memphis soul supergroup, jam band pioneers and
even Australia's Queen of Alt-Country - Bluegrass
Underground's seventh PBS
season looks to be its widest ranging to date.
On the heels of garnering five nominations
(Entertainment, Audio, Lighting, Directing and Technical
Achievement), for Bluegrass Underground Season VI in the
2017 Regional Emmy Awards, BGU executive producers Todd Mayo
and Todd Jarrell have announced performers for the 13-time
Emmy-Award-winning PBS series' Season VII, filming March 24, 25 and
26 in Cumberland Caverns' Volcano Room, and you're invited. Package Tickets go
on sale at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 14. A very limited number of
Weekend packages will be available prior to General Admission
sales. Packages include early access to VIP seating, lodging, food,
limited-edition merchandise and lots more for a weekend
you'll never forget. General Admission weekend and daily tickets will be available at
noon, one hour after after early VIP
package sales: www.bluegrassunderground.com/tickets Don't
miss you chance to experience history in the making, in one of the
most historical, coolest venues.
The March 24 taping
brings together two of the greatest voices of our time -
Americana's Raul Malo
fronting the GRAMMY and AMA award-winning Mavericks
and five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist
of the Year Russell
Moore with his band, seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year IIIrd
Tyme Out. Jam Band favorites The
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, featuring the former Black Crowes
frontman, and progressive singer/songwriter Conor
Oberst, known for Bright Eyes as well as working with folks like
My Morning Jacket's Jim James, round out the evening concert. The
music starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, the
lineup features Australian Americana (Australiana?) star Kasey
Chambers making her journey from the Land Down Under to Tennessee's
Show Down Under for her Bluegrass
Underground debut. The
McCrary Sisters, daughters of the late Fairfield Four leader Rev.
Sam McCrary, and one of the world's premier gospel quartets in their
own right, return to the Volcano Room for their first performance
there as headliners (they previously backed gospel-rock powerhouse Mike Farris in his Season I BGU appearance).
Memphis singer/songwriter Drew
Holcomb and his band The Neighbors, who usually come to Middle
Tennessee to sell out the Ryman, will make their Volcano Room debut,
along with one of Nashville's hottest new country roots artists, Parker
Sunday, March 26, it's
bona-fide country star Marty
Stuart and his red-hot band The
Fabulous Superlatives, along with Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda
Vincent, eight-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and her
multiple IBMA-winning band The
Rage. Jam band pioneers Blues
Traveler, featuring the blazing harmonica of John Popper, and the
Southern Soul all-star band The
Bo-Keys, fronted by classic Memphis soul singer Don Bryant,
complete the weekend.
Unlike most TV
productions, where multiple takes of a single song are the norm, at Bluegrass
Undergrounds, tapings run like concerts, each band playing a full
set of music, much more than will appear in the half-hour TV show with
few, if any second takes.
Bluegrass Underground is filmed 333 feet beneath the Cumberland
Plateau outside the city of McMinnville, Tenn., The Volcano Room has
been home to Bluegrass Underground since the concert series began in
2008 with The SteelDrivers featuring Chris Stapleton.
Bluegrass Underground is
presented by PBS
member station WCTE
and airs throughout the U.S. (check your local listings).
"This program is a tremendous asset for WCTE and continues
to be a unique addition to PBS' stable of musical and
cultural offerings," says WCTE CEO Becky Magura. BGU is
supported by Nissan
North America, The
Tennessee Department of Tourism, The
City Of McMinnville and Warren
Federal Credit Union and Tennessee
BGU Season VII Filming Schedule*:
Friday, March 24 - The Mavericks, The Chris Robinson
Brotherhood, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Conor Oberst.
Showtime is 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 - Kasey Chambers, The McCrary
Sisters, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Parker Milsap. Showtime is
Sunday, March 26 - Marty Stuart & The Fabulous
Superlatives, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Blues Traveler, Don
Bryant & The Bo-Keys. Showtime is 2 p.m.
times listed in CST, all artists & times subject to change.