Bluegrass Underground

Bluegrass Underground

A concert series shot underground in the The Caverns at the foot of Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee.

All Past Episodes

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

26:46 | #813 | TV-G

Cleveland is a multiple IBMA Fiddler of the Year recipient and one of the premier musicians of his generation. His blistering technical fluency pairs amazingly with Flamekeeper's tight harmonies and instrumental trades.

Brandi Carlile

26:46 | #812 | TV-G

Brandi Carlile's songs serve as personal stories of parents and childhood and of love and of loss.

Flatt Lonesome

26:46 | #811 | TV-G

Flatt Lonesome dig into a well of emotion, expressive instrumentals, and inventive arrangements.

Mary Gauthier

26:46 | #810 | TV-G

Enjoy the sounds of New Orleans musician Mary Gauthier, who wrote her first song at the age of 35.

Turnpike Troubadours

26:46 | #809 | TV-G

The Troubadours have evolved from acoustic explorations to full-throttle roadhouse country twang.

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

26:46 | #808 | TV-G

Rev. Sekou's music offers a searing blend of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul, and Pentecostal steel guitar.

Kathy Mattea

26:46 | #807 | TV-G

Kathy Mattea is a storied Nashville singer/songwriter. She plays an acoustic set with longtime collaborator Bill Cooley featuring new material mixed with her extensive and decades-deep archive.


26:46 | #806 | TV-G

Formed in 1992, Lettuce was founded on a shared love of funk artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power.

Tim O'Brien

26:46 | #805 | TV-G

This singer-songwriter and instrumentalist grew up singing in church and school. He began touring nationally in the 1980s with the Bluegrass band Hot Rize.

Sweet Lizzy Project

26:46 | #804 | TV-G

This gifted septet conquers every stage they play and offer a fresh, truly singular approach perhaps best described as "Pan Americana."

Sam Bush Band

26:46 | #803 | TV-G

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty. After a lifetime of channeling energy toward jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

26:46 | #802 | TV-G

With a distinct "indie folk grit," Berklee-trained Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first.

Billy Strings

26:46 | #801 | TV-G

Michigan-raised from a long line of players, Billy Strings is truly a phenomenon whose articulation and entire approach is totally authentic.

Blues Traveler

26:46 | #712 | TV-G

Punchy and improvisational, the Grammy-winning band is also known for Top 40 hits such as as "Hook" and "Run-Around."

The McCrary Sisters

26:46 | #711 | TV-G

The soulful sisters bring strength and truth to their musical message of love and redemption.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

26:46 | #710 | TV-G

Catch a performance by a band that features an amalgam of influences and styles. Their most successful album, Good Light, climbed the Billboard Folk, Independent, Rock, and Americana charts.

Don Bryant & The Bo Keys

26:46 | #709 | TV-G

Enjoy a group composed of session musicians from historic Stax and Hi Records studio bands. Embodying the power of soul, they keep the classic Memphis spirit alive.

Conor Oberst

26:46 | #708 | TV-G

The progressive singer-songwriter is known for his songs of insight, detail, and political awareness.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

26:46 | #707 | TV-G

Rhonda Vincent showcases her mastery of multi-range, fast-paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass.

Parker Millsap

26:46 | #706 | TV-G

Singer-songwriter Parker Millsap is deemed one of Nashville's hottest new country roots artists.

Marty Stuart

26:46 | #705 | TV-G

Grammy-winner Marty Stuart is unsurpassed as a rhinestone showman and folk philosopher.

Kasey Chambers

26:46 | #704 | TV-G

Singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers is one of Australia's most successful country artists.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

26:46 | #703 | TV-G

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out defines the drive and precision of top shelf bluegrass. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the group is a favorite of discerning bluegrass fans everywhere.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

26:46 | #702 | TV-G

Listen to the group variously described as blues-rock, jamband and acid-Americana.

The Mavericks

26:46 | #701 | TV-G

Enjoy the irresistible Cuban groove of The Mavericks fronted by the transcendent vocals of Raul Malo.

Jason & The Scorchers

26:46 | #612 | TV-G

Jason & The Scorchers smashed down walls between genres with their brawling brand of country-rock.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

26:46 | #611 | TV-PG

Savor a seven-piece soul-funk band that has earned major raves from major media.

Sierra Hull

26:46 | #610 | TV-G

Hear the mandolin prodigy who has played the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Drivin' N Cryin'

26:46 | #609 | TV-G

Drivin' N Cryin' offers fans intimate acoustic folk and soaring guitar-laden Southern rock.

The Lone Bellow

26:46 | #608 | TV-G

Enjoy the finely crafted songs of the trio recently nominated for Americana Duo/Group of the Year.

The Cox Family

26:46 | #607 | TV-G

Hear the Cox family, who contributed several songs to the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? - the best-selling roots music album of all time. They returned to the national music scene recently with their first album in almost 20 years.

JJ Grey & MoFro

26:46 | #606 | TV-G

Described as a mash-up of jam band, blues, funk, soul and Southern rock, the songs of JJ Grey, the "North Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker," reflect the area around Jacksonville, where he was raised.

Mac McAnally

26:46 | #605 | TV-G

Enjoy a set by hit songwriter Mac McAnally - a Grammy winner, eight-time CMA Musician of the Year, and Muscle Shoals session musician who boasts a following of devoted fans.

Hurray for the Riff Raff

26:46 | #604 | TV-G

Hurray for the Riff Raff - with Alynda Lee Segarra, who hopped freight trains across America before settling in sultry New Orleans - promises to turn the Volcano Room into the French Quarter.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

26:46 | #603 | TV-G

Join monster mandolinist Frank Solivan and his band, Dirty Kitchen, whose sturdy matrix of bluegrass veined with jazz, blues, country and jam band delivers on their main rule: "No filler."

The Suffers

26:46 | #602 | TV-G

A 10-piece band fresh out of Houston and fronted by singer Kam Franklin and influenced by classic rock 'n' roll, country, Latin and southern hip-hop performs.

Dave Rawlings Machine

26:46 | #601 | TV-G

Singer-songwriter Dave Rawlings performs with Gillian Welch, Paul Kowert, and Brittany Haas.

Railroad Earth

26:46 | #512 | TV-PG

Railroad Earth mixes folk, country, rock, jazz and Celtic with Bluegrass sensibility. The group has garnered raves for unique and exciting, must-see live shows.

Quebe Sisters

26:46 | #511 | TV-PG

Swing with the sisters who have stormed the Americana scene with their refreshing blend of genres.

Chatham County Line

26:46 | #510 | TV-PG

Winners of the 2004 RockyGrass New Band competition, this band's brand of American music has circled the globe.

Billy Joe Shaver

26:46 | #509 | TV-PG

Shaver's songs have been recorded and performed by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley.

Hot Rize

26:46 | #508 | TV-PG

Hot Rize, now reformed in a slightly new line-up, bring their captivating stage show to new generations.

Robert Earl Keen

26:46 | #507 | TV-PG

From humble beginnings in the central Texas hill country, Keen is heralded as one of the Lone Star State's most consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors.

Greensky Bluegrass

26:46 | #506 | TV-PG

The underground sensation has cultivated a legion of devoted fans entranced by their improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

26:46 | #505 | TV-PG

The genre-busting Grammy winner performs with the Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player.

Lee Ann Womack

26:46 | #504 | TV-PG

Singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack is best known for her old fashioned-styled country music.

Amos Lee

26:46 | #503 | TV-PG

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee's musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. He has toured with legendary artists such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

Earls of Leicester

26:46 | #502 | TV-PG

This all-star dream team, assembled by Grammy-winner Jerry Douglas in tribute to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

Leftover Salmon

26:46 | #501 | TV-PG

A pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre, Leftover Salmon has pioneered a fluid, loose-limbed and simultaneously rootsy sound.

Chip Taylor

26:46 | #413 | TV-G

The singer-songwriter and raconteur known for "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" performs.

Michael Martin Murphey

26:46 | #412 | TV-G

The Grammy nominee stirs up his own particular stew of folk, country-rock, pop, and Western music.

Hayes Carll

26:46 | #411 | TV-G

This folk-rock troubadour's work infuses sharply written songs with humor and improbable romance.

Shovels & Rope

26:46 | #410 | TV-G

The husband-and-wife duo mixes rowdy folk-rock with Americana roots-based ballads.

Keller Williams with the Traveling McCourys

26:46 | #409 | TV-G

The eclectic jazz, funk, reggae, alt-rock guitar virtuoso joins the stellar Traveling McCourys.

Davina & The Vagabonds

26:46 | #408 | TV-G

The frontwoman and the band sing through multiple generations and genres of New Orleans grooves.

The Gibson Brothers

26:46 | #407 | TV-G

The Gibson Brothers showcase their amazing harmonies and whip-crack musicianship.

Lucinda Williams

26:46 | #406 | TV-G

The highly acclaimed songwriter blends country, blues, folk and off-the-shoulder rock 'n' roll.

David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio

26:46 | #405 | TV-G

The co-founder of the seminal neo-traditionalist band Old and in the Way is now leading a jazz trio.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

26:46 | #404 | TV-G

An Americana Music Award Winner, Jason Isbell is one of America's best young singer-songwriters. He is a former member of Drive-By Truckers.

Dave Eggar with Amy Lee & Hammerstep

26:46 | #403 | TV-G

The ever-amazing virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar provides an electrifying genre-breaking performance.

Steep Canyon Rangers

26:46 | #402 | TV-G

The Steep Canyon Rangers album Nobody Knows You won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. The band has collaborated with such artists as Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, the Dixie Chicks, and Paul McCartney.

Widespread Panic

26:46 | #401 | TV-G

The successful jamband melds southern rock, blues-rock, funk, and hard rock in a stellar performance.

Alison Brown Quartet

26:46 | #312 | TV-PG

The band performs lyrical Celtic music, polyrhythmic jazz, and pedal-to-the-metal bluegrass.

The Wood Brothers

26:46 | #311 | TV-PG

The Wood Brothers perform folk-roots-blues with taut vocal harmonies and colossal grooves.

North Missisippi Allstars

26:46 | #310 | TV-PG

The three-time Grammy-nominated Allstars showcase an authentic brand of Dixie-fried roots-blues.

Leon Russell

26:46 | #309 | TV-PG

The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member performs. Russell is joined by all-star members of New Grass Revival: John Cowan, Butch Robins and Pat Flynn.

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

26:46 | #308 | TV-PG

The well-loved, two-time Grammy award-winning Cajun/zydeco band showcases their talent.


26:46 | #307 | TV-PG

The Steeldrivers braid bluegrass roots with country, soul, and contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid.

Ben Sollee

26:46 | #306 | TV-PG

A cellist since elementary school, singer-songwriter and composer Ben Sollee is known for his innovative playing, genre-bending songs, and electrifying performances.

Yonder Mountain String Band

26:46 | #305 | TV-PG

One of the founders of America's jam band movement, Yonder Mountain String Band blends bluegrass, rock, and other influences, pioneering a sound of their own.


26:46 | #304 | TV-PG

The powerful duo deliver artistically rendered folk-pop songs and a uniquely modern, sensual sound.

Infamous Stringdusters

26:46 | #303 | TV-PG

The groove-friendly Infamous Stringdusters blend virtuosity and innovation to the delight of fans.

Andrew Bird

26:46 | #302 | TV-PG

Singer/violinist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird performs indie-folk rock with guest Tift Merritt.

Old Crow Medicine Show

26:46 | #301 | TV-PG

The atomic-powered string band Old Crow Medicine Show perform original bluegrass songs, including the hit "Wagon Wheel."

The Black Lillies

26:46 | #212 | TV-PG

The Knoxville, Tennessee band performs selections from their album, 100 Miles of Wreckage and other songs.

Vince Gill

26:46 | #211 | TV-PG

Country star and multiple Grammy winner Vince Gill, known for his razor-sharp instrumental skills, expressive tenor voice, richly varied songwriting, and superb choice of backup musicians, performs honky tonk ballads, bluegrass, and country rock.

The Del McCoury Band

26:46 | #210 | TV-PG

Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Del McCoury and his band perform the "High Lonesome" sound and also explore new musical frontiers.

The Vespers

26:46 | #209 | TV-PG

One of "alternative Nashville's" biggest buzz bands, the Vespers deliver a fresh and dynamic mixture of folk, rock, and Appalachian stomp.

The Timejumpers

26:46 | #208 | TV-PG

With lead vocals provided by Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears, Vince Gill, and "Ranger Doug" Green, this band features Music City's instrumental A-list, including Paul Franklin, Dennis Crouch, Jeff Taylor, with Gill and Andy Reiss swapping guitar duties.

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

26:46 | #207 | TV-PG

Americana pioneer Miller and his band, the Commonwealth, perform songs with a bluegrass and edgy mountain tinge.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

26:46 | #206 | TV-PG

Singer/mandolinist Doyle Lawson and his band perform progressive bluegrass and compelling a cappella Gospel.

David Mayfield Parade

26:46 | #205 | TV-PG

Raised on show business in a family band, David Mayfield made his name with award-winning progressive bluegrass group Cadillac Sky. The singer/guitarist mixes acoustic-alternative and cutting-edge Americana with great showmanship.

Jim Lauderdale

26:46 | #204 | TV-PG

Two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Lauderdale's talents dance across the worlds of country, rock, Americana, and bluegrass.

Sarah Jarosz

26:46 | #203 | TV-PG

A veteran musician who'd released two CDs before turning 20, Sarah Jarosz has gone from teenage bluegrass hotshot to fully-realized innovative artist. The innovative artist weaves rock rhythms, classical textures, and Appalachian melodies.

Jerry Douglas

26:46 | #202 | TV-PG

The thirteen time Grammy winner plays the dobro with unprecedented speed and haunting lyricism. Douglas is one of Nashville's most in-demand session players and is a longtime featured member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

The Civil Wars

26:46 | #201 | TV-PG

From multiple Grammy wins to The Hunger Games' soundtrack, 2012 is a breakout year for The Civil Wars. Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerfully ballads and astonishingly frank songs on the paradoxical nature of love.

Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer

26:46 | #112 | TV-PG

A compilation set of great cuts from Season One, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, John Cowan Band, Cherryholmes, and Will Hoge.

Monte Montgomery

26:46 | #111 | TV-PG

Guitar Player Magazine named Monte Montgomery as one of the "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." His amazing fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players.

The John Cowan Band

26:46 | #109 | TV-PG

John Cowan's musical journey has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation. Cowan rose to fame singing for New Grass Revival, introducing fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass - Newgrass.

The Farewell Drifters

26:46 | #110 | TV-PG

With shimmering harmonies, propulsive instrumentation, and disarmingly honest songwriting, the Farewell Drifter arrived as an inventive musical hybrid. Since first setting out, the young quintet have defied preconceptions based on their lineup (acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass), delighting audiences with classic elements in new surroundings.

Darrell Scott

26:46 | #108 | TV-PG

A consummate writer's writer, Darrell Scott has crafted a long and broad career, garnering awards and accolades for his performances as well as writing hits for a broad spectrum of artists. Scott's songs are a fine-tuned balance of the cerebral and the emotional, artfully rendered and soulfully delivered.

Mountain Heart

26:46 | #107 | TV-PG

Fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music is presented, this band's is synonymous with cutting-edge excellence. One of the most highly awarded ensembles ever, Mountain Heart members have either won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards.

Justin Townes Earl

26:46 | #106 | TV-PG

Justin Townes Earle's record, Midnight at the Movies, was named one of "best records" by Amazon, received four stars in Rolling Stone, and found a sweet spot in the hearts of fans and critics alike.


26:46 | #105 | TV-PG

With roots based in bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz music, Cherryholmes stormed to the forefront of American bluegrass and roots music. They hit the stage with hard-driving instrumental virtuosity, explosive vocal harmonies, and various styles of original songs written by family band members.

Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters

26:46 | #104 | TV-PG

Mike Farris' undeniable voice, his skillful arrangements and the joy and passion with which he delivers both, breathe new life into long-forgotten spirituals and vintage-originals. He is backed by the stirring vocals of the McCrary Sister - Ann, Regina, and Alfreda.

Will Hoge

26:46 | #103 | TV-PG

Will Hoge is one of those singer-songwriters that pulls from astonishingly personal experience to craft compelling stories set to music.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

26:46 | #102 | TV-PG

Kentuckian Ricky Skaggs is a 14-time Grammy Award-winner continues to lead the roots revival. Known as bluegrass music's official ambassador, Ricky is back with a full band sound, a style that made him one of the best-selling artists in country music history.

18 South

26:46 | #101 | TV-PG

18 SOUTH's music is informed by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach.

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