Season 6 of Bluegrass Underground

About Season 6

Premiere Date: September 2016

Taped 333-feet below ground within Tennessee’s majestic Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and top emerging artists within the broad spectrum of Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Roots-Rock, Neo-Folk and Americana genres.

Bluegrass Underground (PBS) Season 6 artists include Dave Rawlings Machine, The Suffers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mac McAnally, JJ Grey & MoFro, The Cox Family, The Lone Bellow, Drivin’ and Cryin’, Sierra Hull, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Jason & The Scorchers. 

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Episode 1 | Dave Rawlings Machine

Yet another incredible Berklee College of Music alum, David Todd Rawlings is a professional guitarist-singer-songwriter perhaps best-known as the longtime performing partner of Gillian Welch. The DR Machine is Rawlings and Welch buoyed by Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert, violinist Brittany Haas, and former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist Willie Watson. 

Episode 2 | The Suffers 

Relative newcomers, The Suffers will tell you that they are just as much influenced by classic rock 'n' roll, country, Latin and southern hip hop as they are by the stax/volt or Muscle Shoals era.

Episode 3 | Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Leaving behind the cold climes of Alaska for the Bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan (also a Master Chef) quickly earned a reputation as a monster mandolinist and turned his band, Dirty Kitchen, into the D.C-area’s hottest acoustic act.

Episode 4 | Hurray for the Riff Raff

Raised in the Bronx by her aunt Nereida, Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra developed her eye for life as a young teenage punk hopping freight trains across America before settling in sultry New Orleans. AsNPR rightly put it, "Segarra's morning-after alto might be the least showy great voice to hit the national scene." 

Episode 5 | Mac McAnally

Grammy winner, eight-time CMA Musician of the Year, soulful singer, Top 10 hit-songwriter, Muscle Shoals session musician, chart-topping record producer, composer, and lead guitar slinger for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band -- it’s exhausting to even write about the amazing Mac McAnally’s career.

Episode 6 | JJ Grey & MoFro 

Described as a mash-up of jam band, blues, funk, soul, and southern rock, JJ Grey’s songs reflect the steaming region around Jacksonville, Fl. where he was raised. Understandably Grey’s influences includes such widely diverse Southern artists as country icon Jim Reeves, rock greats Lynyrd Skynyrd and Memphis soul man Otis Redding, as well as NYC hip hop legends Run-D.M.C. 

Episode 7 | The Cox Family

One of the finest vocal trios in bluegrass and trad-country ever to call the state of Louisiana home, Suzanne, Evelyn and Sidney Cox returned to the national music scene a few months ago with their first album in almost 20 years, the critically-acclaimed "Gone Like the Cotton." Mentored by Alison Kraus, the Grammy-winning Cox Family’s refined-yet-broad appeal has earned such diverse career milestones as opening tours for Counting Crows and contributing several songs to the GRAMMY and Oscar-winning "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" film/soundtrack, the best-selling roots music album of all time.

Episode 8 | The Lone Bellow

As his wife recovered from an accident that nearly paralyzed her, The Lone Bellow was born as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams. Now a thriving part of Brooklyn’s Americana scene, The Lone Bellow Roots-folk-rock trio was recently nominated for Americana Duo/Group Of The Year. 

Episode 9 | Drivin’ N Cryin’ 

Rolling Stone magazine explained veteran rockers DNC thusly, “Crunching hard rock is the Drivin’ part. Brittle country-ish balladry the Cryin’…” Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Kevn Kinney and Drivin’ N Cryin’ have for 30 years offered die-hard fans a blend that arcs from intimate acoustic folk to soaring (and searing) guitar-laden southern rock.

Episode 10 | Sierra Hull

The Tennessee mandolin prodigy is all grown up and comes to us fresh from releasing her third solo album, the jaw-dropping, Bela Fleck-produced "Weighted Mind." Hull has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and is the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.

Episode 11 | St. Paul & the Broken Bones 

Seemingly born fully formed in 2012, this Birmingham, Alabama Soul band’s career hit the ground as big and strong as their sweat-soaked, seven-piece Soul-Funk sound, earning major raves from major media, including Paste magazine, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, Rolling Stone and NPR.

Episode 12 | Jason & The Scorchers

Led by Illinois native Jason Ringenberg, the Scorchers crashed out of Nashville and began smashing down the walls between genres with their own brawling brand of country-rock almost 35 years ago. 

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