Bluegrass Underground Season 6 airs September-November 2016.
About the Season 6 Artists
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. Pretty much personifying the term, “Americana,” this band’s Bluegrass Underground debut will be one to remember. Episode 1 Scene: Dave Rawlings Machine The Dave Rawlings Machine pretty much personifies the term, “Americana."
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. Fresh out of Houston and fronted by the massive-voiced singer Kam Franklin, this 10-piece, 3rd Coast Soul band’s incandescent show has earned them spots on David Letterman’s Late Show, NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, The Newport Folk Festival and the Austin City Limits Festival.
Episode 2 Scene: The Suffers Welcome these relative newcomers, a 10-piece band fronted by a massive-voiced singer.
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. With a sturdy matrix of bluegrass veined with jazz, blues, country and jam band, FS & DK delivers on their main rule: “No filler.” That’s what you won’t find. What you will find is well-crafted original music expressing common themes in uncommon and creative ways.
Episode 3 Scene: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Frank Solivan 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." Call it folk-blues, call it Americana, call it what you will, but Hurray For the Riff Raff promise to turn the Volcano Room into the French Quarter with a high-energy, funky, folky N’Awlins groove.
Episode 4 Scene: Hurray For The Riff Raff Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra developed her eye for life as a young teenager.
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. With a string of successes exploring every creative corner in the music, this Mississippi-raised musical force of nature enjoys a deep and broad following of fans devoted to the Art of the Song.
Episode 5 Scene: Mac McAnally Mac McAnally enjoys a deep and broad following of fans devoted to the Art of the Song.
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. The “North Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker” merges those traditions with a blue-collar, clear-eyed ethic that brooks no BS.
Episode 6 Scene: JJ Grey & MoFro JJ Grey’s songs reflect the steaming region around Jacksonville, Fl. where he was raised.
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 7 Scene: The Cox Family Mentored by Alison Kraus, the Cox Family has earned diverse career milestones.
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. With simple, finely-crafted songs of redemption buoyed by a larger-than-life power, this set promises to create magic in the Underground.
Episode 8 Scene: The Lone Bellow The Lone Bellow Roots-folk-rock trio was 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. Along with Greg Allman, DNC was inducted into the Georgia Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Episode 9 Scene: Drivin’ N Cryin’ Drivin’ N Cryin’ blends acoustic folk and 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. Of her, Fleck notes, “She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved… Her vocals and songwriting matured to the level of her virtuosity.” 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 10 Scene: Sierra Hull The Tennessee mandolin prodigy recently released her third solo album.
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. Fronted by Paul “St. Paul” Janeway, one of the most intense, charismatic lead singers to command a stage since James Brown, The Broken Bones have played festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo and opened for The Rolling Stones.
Episode 11 Scene: St. Paul & the Broken Bones This Alabama band’s career hit the ground as big and strong as their Soul-Funk sound.
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. As trailblazers for the cowpunk and alt-rock bands that would follow, Jason and the Scorchers have received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Their elder statesmen status is belied by their high-energy, take-no-prisoners stage show. These guys sound like they’re just getting started.
Episode 12 Scene: Jason & The Scorchers The Scorchers crashed out of Nashville and began smashing down the walls between genres.
About Season 6
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.