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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.
I was very disapointed in it.I would not recommend it for anyone who might purchase it for Bluegrass music.
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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? Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by R. Michael Oguin
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.Published on December 9, 2013 by Susan Shook
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 on September 20, 2013 by kevin
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are fantastic bluegrass musicians. What a great show! I would highly recommend this concert to anyone.Published on May 3, 2013 by Gerardo
Great music in a cool venue. My teen loves bluegrass, and we picked this up for him for his birthday. He was thrilled.Published on April 28, 2013 by J. L. Knox
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 morePublished on April 9, 2013 by nita van boeyen
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