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Bluegrass Underground: Best of (2012)

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder , Darrell Scott , Various  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Darrell Scott, 18 South, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Cherryholmes
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T5OCLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND is a musical adventure concert series taped 333-ft. below ground in the beautiful Volcano Room of Tennessee's 32-mile long Cumberland Caverns. The subterranean descent winds through huge rooms past a pooling waterfall to a musical venue unlike any other. With the slogan, "A little bit Bluegrass, a little bit Underground," the series reaches beyond traditional Bluegrass, serving as a showcase for established and emerging acts in the Roots, Americana, Neo-Folk, Gospel, and Blue/Jazz/Jamgrass genres. Featured artists include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Darrell Scott, 18 South, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Cherryholmes, Justin Townes Earle, Mountain Heart and others.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This 90-minute DVD from PBS is somewhat misnamed, but still a fine, entertaining performance.

PBS station WCTE in Cookeville, TN recorded a series of concerts in the "Volcano Room" at Cumberland Caverns, 333 feet below ground level. The DVD collects excerpts from performances by 10 musicians or bands that best fall under the title "Americana". A few are what can best be described as "bluegrass", including the well-known Ricky Skaggs and the family group Cherryholmes. Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott and Steve Earle's son Justin Townes Earle (both of who I love) are better classed as "Americana". The young band 18 South mixes country and bluegrass, while Will Hoge is closer to rock than anything.

Based on the age of both his appearance and the song her performs, I'm guessing that - even though this DVD is dated 2011, the JT Earle clip was recorded about four years ago. I couldn't identify the others.

The performances were recorded with a live audience and it's sort of neat to see the rocks of the Caverns in the background, but because the musicians are so well miked, I'm not sure it makes the sound any better, or different. There are no real introductions; the performer is identified by a title on the screen. So there's no filler here.

I enjoyed seeing artists I know and love (If you haven't seen the whitest Black Gospel singer ever - Mike Farris - this is your chance!) But I also discovered some new ones.

I - for one - would love to see a follow up to this DVD.

I hope you found this review informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best of Bluegrass Underground April 3, 2012
By Bruce
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The title of this video suggested Bluegrass music but there was far too much other type of music in it.
I was very disapointed in it.I would not recommend it for anyone who might purchase it for Bluegrass music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. December 21, 2012
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Not what I consider true bluegrass. Difficult to sit through. Some might like. It, but i would not buy this again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Agonizing December 30, 2013
Gave this DVD a one because I couldn't give it a zero. This is NOT bluegrass! I am not even sure what genre of music this was supposed to be. Most of the people are unknown. Half of the guests sing out of tune. Couldn't watch it. Please save yourself the money!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment December 26, 2012
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Ricky Skaggs was the only true Bluegrass on the whole dvd and the 2 songs he did were at the very end. A waste of money and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great discovery January 28, 2014
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Who'd have ever thought to have concerts in a cave? And who would have ever thought that the acoustics would be so good? There's all of that and then you have some of the best musicians anywhere playing their best. I'm really enjoying it and highly recommend it to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review for Bluegrass Underground DVD December 9, 2013
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This was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son; it has not been opened yet; I am looking forward to viewing it with him at Christmas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Most of the musicians are unknown and several not very good. I bought the DVD because I like Ricky Skaggs and he barely makes it onto the video. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lady Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on PBS and had to have it.
I watched this program on a PBS pledge week and just had to have it. If you like bluegrass music you will LOVE this performance.
Published 6 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are fantastic bluegrass musicians. What a great show! I would highly recommend this concert to anyone.
Published 11 months ago by Gerardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great music in a cool venue. My teen loves bluegrass, and we picked this up for him for his birthday. He was thrilled.
Published 11 months ago by J. L. Knox
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
well the one episode of bluegrass underground that i saw on PBS was the one i thought i ordered so i was disappointed that this one i purchased was not the right one! Read more
Published 12 months ago by nita van boeyen
4.0 out of 5 stars music in a cave
This DVD while quite enjoyable did not have enough real bluegrass for me,I think it would appeal more to younger people than myself. Read more
Published 14 months ago by neville spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there for the recording and it was amazing!
The bands that played there in the Cumberland Caverns in McMiinnville, TN that day were so amazing that I was totally floored. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Casey S. Chambliss
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