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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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  • Actors: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Darrell Scott, 18 South, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Cherryholmes
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T5OCLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 22, 2012
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on April 3, 2012
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Morrison on 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bea Samples on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Ruth on November 13, 2013
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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. Except for the uniqueness of the venue this video is a no starter.
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The bands that played there in the Cumberland Caverns in McMiinnville, TN that day were so amazing that I was totally floored. The performance by Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters was the most moving thing I had seen in years. If you ever get a chance to see a show in these caves, I strongly recommend you do. I plan on buying this DVD and listening to it over and over!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jones on 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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By Steve Urbach on January 31, 2015
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music is great quality..though not all songs appealed to me personally
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