Nashville, TN -- February 21st - Organizers of the acclaimed PBS Series Bluegrass Underground are preparing for taping Season Two this weekend, 333-feet deep inside Cumberland Caverns of McMinnville, Tennessee. The Bluegrass Underground PBS television series debuted in September of 2011 and is now airing in 80% of American markets including Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and hundreds of other cities. The live concert-radio series has been airing weekly since 2008 on country music's flagship station, 650 WSM-AM.
"Bluegrass Underground is a labor of love for all who are part of it and the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns is one of the most majestic and magical spaces on, or under, earth," says the show's creator and executive producer, Todd Mayo, of Loblolly Ventures. "We are thrilled to be partnering with WCTE (PBS) of Cookeville, TN to present America with combined talent and television of such top quality."
Premier Concert Taping, 6 pm Friday, February 24th. 1 pm Saturday, February 25th and 1 pm on Sunday February26th. Programs will be featuring Vince Gill, The Civil Wars, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Jim Lauderdale, The Time Jumpers, Scott Miller, The Black Lillies, Sarah Jarosz, The David Mayfield Parade and The Vespers
"We are so proud to be presenting Bluegrass Underground," says WCTE CEO Becky Magura. "This program is a tremendous asset and a welcome addition to WCTE's current family of national offerings." Taped in 1080i High Definition via TNDV's Aspiration remote video truck, this exciting and eclectic live concert will be recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound by Hugh Johnson and Sound Image. Concert lighting is produced by veteran lighting designer Allen Branton with legendary television director Jim Yockey literally calling the shots.
For Jarrell, this high-octane combination of creative talent on both sides of the camera promises audiences, "a full-on presentation of one of the most visually amazing and acoustically true venues on Earth-bar none." As the series' television producer Todd Jarrell puts it, the series is, "A little bit Bluegrass, a little bit Underground. Tennessee abounds with great music and great natural beauty and both will be in abundance underground this weekend."
First discovered in 1810, Cumberland Caverns is a registered U.S. National Natural Landmark, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world each year. The subterranean descent takes visitors past an underground pool and waterfall to the 500-seat natural amphitheatre carved by water over 3.5 million years. The Volcano Room lies about 600-feet inside the main opening of the cavern.
While touring the cavern during a family vacation, Mayo was struck by the value of the Volcano Room as a top music venue. He and wife Jen formed their production company, Loblolly Ventures, and Bluegrass Underground was born.
Bluegrass Underground is underwritten on PBS and made possible by Nissan, Tn Tourism, Vietti and Southgate Chili, The City of McMinnville and Warren County and Griffin Technology.