Bluegrass Underground is a musical adventure series that shines a light on purveyors of musical authenticity in a space unlike any other on (or under) earth. Bluegrass Underground emanates from the Volcano Room, a subterranean amphitheatre 333 feet below McMinnville, Tennessee at Cumberland Caverns. The acoustic properties of the Volcano Room are singular. In fact the room only resonates at 2 frequencies meaning that experiencing live music there is akin to attending a concert inside a recording studio.
Audio engineers are amazed at the natural acoustics and world renowned lightning artist Allen Branton uses the space to paint light upon the primordial darkness found inside this cave. Music and light entwine in this series which celebrates the natural beauty and musical culture that is uniquely American. Discover the full spectrum of Americana and Roots music at Bluegrass Underground.
Jessi Alexander and John Randle from 18 South share a glance and a moment 333-feet underground
Sheer exuberance as Mountain Heart plays deep inside the heart of a mountain
One of the most original and dynamic family bands, ever… Cherryholmes
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder forge traditional bluegrass and country, laying it down underground
Monte Montgomery and his six string wooden friend
Will Hoge, named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the world’s 50 most significant guitar players. Ever.
Roots singer/writer Darrell Scott emerges from the void
Justin Townes Earle dressed for the cave
Emerging artists, the Farewell Drifters serve up a fresh and very original mix of neo-folk-grass in the cave
Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters: Salvation from above rocks the cave crowd down below
The John Cowan Band: Newgrass reigns supreme in the cave