Bluegrass Underground moving to TV?

Bluegrass Underground has generated quite a buzz since the concert radio program debuted in 2008. Shows are recorded before a live audience each month, with segments broadcast weekly on WSM from Nashville. The buzz comes not just from the fabulous music they put out over the air, but also from the fact that Bluegrass Underground is taped in Cumberland Caverns, 333 feet under the ground near McMinnville, TN.

Show producer Todd Mayo was immediately charmed by the Volcano Room at the caverns, and believes that the acoustical purity of the space is an ideal setting for acoustic music.

From the start, the shows have been videotaped as well, with samples available on the web. This week, Mayo has announced that they will shoot a pilot on February 27 with WCTE in Cookeville, TN, and Emmy-winning producer Todd Jarrell, with an eye towards a regular series distributed in high definition to PBS affiliates across the US. Mayo tells us that he hopes it will become a new forum nationally for bluegrass and acoustic music.

“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. We are thrilled to be partnering with WCTE and Todd Jarrell who together have a track record of clearing quality cultural and musical television programming for national PBS audiences.”

The 2/27 taping will feature performances from John Cowan, The Greencards, Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters.

Here’s a video of The Infamous Stringdusters that offers a look at this unique venue.

You’ll find all pertinent Bluegrass Underground info on their web site.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.