Season 7 of Bluegrass Underground

About Season 7

Premieres September 2017

Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.

Season 7 features The Mavericks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Kasey Chambers, Marty Stuart, Parker Millsap, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Conor O’Berst, Don Bryant & The Bo Keys, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, The McCrary Sisters and Blues Traveler.

Read more about the episodes below.

A Closer Look at Season 7

More About the Episodes

The Mavericks (Premiered Sept. 6, 2017)

Enjoy the irresistible Cuban groove of the genre-leaping Grammy-winners fronted by the transcendent vocals of Raul Malo. The band has won awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Americana Music Association.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Premiered Sept. 13, 2017)

Listen to the group variously described as blues-rock, jamband and acid-Americana. Rolling Stone described their sound as “electrifying…boast[ing] a vintage rock vibe that’s at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic.”

Russell Moore & Illrd Tyme Out (Premiered Sept. 20, 2017)

Hear a Georgia-born, internationally acclaimed band that defines the drive and precision of top shelf bluegrass. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the group is a top pick on Amazon.com and a favorite of discerning bluegrass fans everywhere.

Kasey Chambers (Premieres Sept. 27, 2017)

Tune in for a set from a singer-songwriter who traveled from the Land Down Under to Tennessee’s “Show Down Under.” From a well-known producing/performing musical family, Chambers is one of Australia's most successful and celebrated country artists.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives (Premieres Oct. 4, 2017)

Though never one to shrink from kicking open the doors of Country music to usher in Gospel, Soul, and Rock & Roll, five-time Grammy-winning Marty Stuart has stayed as true to his roots as pompadours and Nudie suits. Marty Stuart is unsurpassed as a rhinestone showman and folk philosopher who has proudly remained to be as country as a biscuit. 

Parker Millsap (Premieres Oct. 11, 2017)

Named one of Americana Music Association's 2014 Emerging Artists of the Year, and winner of Americana’s 2016 Album of the Year, this singer-songwriter from Purcell, Oklahoma is without question one of Nashville’s hottest new country roots artists. Performing on guitar, harmonica and slide guitar Parker's attributes his musical influence to growing up in the Pentecostal Church. 

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (Premieres Oct. 18, 2017)

Firmly enthroned as the “Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, she is International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year (2001) and the eight-time Female Vocalist of the Year. Missouri-based, Ms. Vincent tours extensively with her multiple IBMA-winning band, The Rage, earning applause from fans and peers alike for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast paced vocals intrinsic to Bluegrass music.

Conor Oberst (Premieres Oct. 25, 2017)

Progressive singer/songwriter Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 in his hometown of Omaha, NE. Since 1993. He has regularly released cassette-only recordings and a dozen albums under his own name, with his band Bright Eyes, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup. With songs, of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness Oberst has earned a large and  intensely devoted fandom. 

Don Bryant & The Bo Keys (Premieres Nov. 1, 2017)

The word “soul” has powerful resonance – musically, culturally and spiritually. No contemporary band embodies the power of Soul more than the Bo-Keys, made up of session musicians from historic Stax and Hi Records studio bands including drummer Howard Grimes, organist Archie “Hubby” Turner, singer Percy Wiggins, Grammy-nominated bassist Scott Bomar, and trumpeter Ben Cauley, the sole survivor of the plane crash that claimed the life of Otis Redding. The Bo-Keys keep the classic Memphis spirit alive while also writing a vital new chapter for the sound that’s etched into the fiber of American consciousness.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors  (Premieres Nov. 8, 2017)

Hailing from the dual musical poles of Memphis and East Nashville, this band has toured extensively with such diverse artists as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, and Susan Tedeschi and now regularly sell out Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The band was first seen nationally on PBS’ series, Legends and Lyrics. An amalgam of influences and styles, DH&TN’s most successful album, Good Light, climbed the Billboard Folk, Independent, Rock and Americana charts.

The McCrary Sisters  (Premieres Nov. 15, 2017)

Nashville born and raised daughters of the late Rev. Sam McCrary, one-time preeminent leader of the Fairfield Four gospel quartet. Raised on harmony, these four siblings form one of the world’s premier gospel quartets in their own right. First appearing on the Bluegrass UndergroundPBS series in Season 1 with Mike Farris, this is the first return performance of any artist to grace the Bluegrass Undergroundstage. 

Blues Traveler  (Premieres Nov. 22, 2017)

This high energy, multi-genre band blasted out of Princeton, NJ atop the furious harmonica riffs of front man John Popper. Testing skills in Blues, Reggae, Folk-Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul, and Southern Rock, the band in the end emerged as key players among the growing and loyal Jamband audiences. Punchy and improvisational, the Grammy-winning band is also known for its Top 40 hits such as Hook and Run-Around.

Russell Moore & IIIrdRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Tyme 

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