NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bluegrass Underground, premieres its seventh season in September, and it's the most multi-national, multi-generational and multi-genre lineup to date for the 13-time Emmy-winning PBS-TV series.
The first show features 2015 Americana Music Association Group of the Year The Mavericks, performing their classics as well as selections from their acclaimed new project, Brand New Day, and takes place Sept. 6.
From the Memphis soul of Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys; from the honky-tonkin' hillbilly rock of Marty Stuart to the hard-driving, hardcore bluegrass of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; from the cutting-edge neo-folk-rock of Conor Oberst & The Felice Brothers to Australia's Queen of alt-country Kasey Chambers, the sanctified harmonies of The McCrary Sisters and jam bands Blues Traveler and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Bluegrass Underground promises a roots-music rainbow with 12 episodes spanning the many shades of Americana.
Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers Todd Mayo and Todd Jarrell have reassembled their dream team of director James Burton Yockey, lighting designer Allen Branton, mobile video engineer Nic Dugger, soundman Andy Kern and a subterranean crew of more than 100 to bring PBS audiences another great season of authentic, inspired musical performances in real time, deep beneath the Cumberland plateau.
The rest of BGU VII, in order of appearance:
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Roots-based psychedelic jam rock by the former lead singer of The Black Crowes and his all-star band
Kasey Chambers - The Pirate Queen of Australian Alt-country performs a powerful set of her original songs in a stripped-down trio
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - High energy country with a California rock sound in a set from their recent Way Out West project, plus some cave-inspired tunes
Parker Millsap - Classic country with a touch of rockabilly frenzy and a punk-rock edge, it’s Red Bull for your ears
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage - The Queen of Bluegrass leads her best-ever band in a hyper-charged set filled with instrumental virtuosity and soulful singing
Conor Oberst & The Felice Brothers - Great songwriting and a dynamic band performance combine to create 21st Century folk rock
Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys - Real deal Memphis soul, Bryant, a former Hi-Records star and husband of Hi's legendary Ann Peebles, teams with a band of Hi session legends and some dedicated soul revivalists in a show that was an absolute highlight of the 2017 taping
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Eclectic singer-songwriter Holcomb went acoustic for his Bluegrass Underground set, singing old and new favorites in an intimate, emotional performance
The McCrary Sisters - Nashville's First Family of Soul-Gospel performs a set that includes the quartet singing pioneered by their father, the late Rev. Samuel McCrary, leader of The Fairfield Four, with contemporary originals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out - Moore, one of the smoothest, most soulful and most awarded bluegrass vocalists, leads one of the genre's most dependably spectacular bands. This is why we love bluegrass
Blues Traveler - Yes, we all know "Run-Around," but harmonica master John Popper and his veteran band aren't just one-hit wonders. The cave never rocked harder.
For more information, visit www.bluegrassunderground.com.
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