Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at the Grand Ole Opry

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at the Grand Ole Opry

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Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry

Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry
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The Travelin McCourys – Bluegrass Underground – 3-14-2009

The Travelin McCourys - Bluegrass Underground - 3-14-2009

These guys always smoke!  It addition to Alan Bartrum and Jason Carter, Cody Kilby joined the group lending his incredible guitar skills.  Fantastic show with a great turnout!

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Ronnie Bowman – Bluegrass Underground – Live From Cumberland Caverns

Ronnie Bowman - Bluegrass Underground - Live From Cumberland Caverns

Ronnie Bowman at Bluegrass Underground… Sounded great!

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The Volcano Room – Cumberland Caverns – Bluegrass Underground

The Volcano Room - Cumberland Caverns - Bluegrass Underground

The Silver Jews performing their final show for Bluegrass Underground.

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Cadillac Sky – Bluegrass Underground Photos – Cumberland Caverns

Cadillac Sky - Bluegrass Underground Photos - Cumberland Caverns

This was the best Bluegrass Underground to date!  Cadillac Sky is an incredible new band on the Skaggs Family Records label.  Virtuosic playing is just the beginning… these guys have perhaps the best on stage presence I’ve ever seen in a bluegrass band.  Combine that with top notch singing and songwriting and you have a band that will surely forge great paths in the bluegrass world over the upcoming years.  This was my second time seeing Cadillac Sky and they blew me away both times.

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The Farewell Drifters – Bluegrass Underground Photos – Cumberland Caverns

The Farewell Drifters - Bluegrass Underground Photos - Cumberland Caverns

The Farewell Drifters have such a great sound!  I’ve seen them many times and they always sound great.  Smooth harmonies and catchy back to basics melodies make their songs instant classics!  Clayton is also quite the monster on guitar… no doubt comes from shredding all those metal licks in his early years.

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Arnett Hollow at Bluegrass Underground

Arnett Hollow at Bluegrass Underground

Cheyenne of Arnett Hollow playing at Bluegrass Underground.

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The Silver Jews Final Performance – Bluegrass Underground Radio Show

The Silver Jews Final Performance - Bluegrass Underground Radio Show

The final Silver Jews show took place in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns for a radio show titled “Bluegrass Underground.”  This was a detour from the Bluegrass Underground format in a number of ways… the obvious being that in absolutely no way is this a bluegrass related band… they were fully plugged in and with drums if you can imagine that!  The show went very well and the fans were very appreciative that they get to see the apparent last show of The Silver Jews, a band with an impressive underground following but not much public presence,  in such a spectacular venue.

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Tim O’Brien and Friends – Bluegrass Underground

Tim O'Brien and Friends - Bluegrass Underground

Another amazing show down in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns!

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Kindling Stone – Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Kindling Stone - Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Awesome performance by Kindling Stone!  Set the perfect mood for Tim O’Brien.

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The Infamous Stringdusters – Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

The Infamous Stringdusters - Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Another amazing show down in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns.  The Stringdusters sounded incredible!

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Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry

Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry
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Cumberland Caverns Volcano Room – The Steeldrivers

Cumberland Caverns Volcano Room - The Steeldrivers

Venue where the Bluegrass Underground radio shows for WSM are being recorded.  This all took place deep within a cave at Cumberland Caverns in Middle Tennessee.  It is simply amazing that we are able to go to see bluegrass in such a beautiful place… I couldn’t beleive it the whole time I was there.  Grammy winning engineer Nashphil (Phil Harris) was in charge of the audio and gave Amanda and I tickets… Thanks again Phil!

UPDATE 10-14-08:
I have just been enlisted as the official photographer for the Bluegrass Underground tapings… 2 great shows coming up… The Infamous Stringdusters  Nov 8 and Tim O’Brien Dec 6.   You won’t want to miss these!

BluegrassUnderground.com

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