Bluegrass Underground has caught the attention of visitors throughout the nation and around the world.
Now it’s caught the attention of our very own governor.
The office of Gov. Bill Haslam has confirmed he will be in Warren County this Saturday as the seventh season of the Bluegrass Underground TV series is filmed at Cumberland Caverns. The show airs on PBS and has earned regional Emmys for production quality.
Four bands are scheduled to play each day this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Highlighting the lineup are The Mavericks, Marty Stuart, Blues Traveler and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
“As mayor of the best little city in Tennessee, and maybe the country, it is always a pleasure to showcase our community and its assets,” said McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley. “It is a great honor to welcome our governor and Mrs. Haslam to McMinnville. The state’s support of our marketing efforts gives credibility to our leadership and vision. This is our future.”
Haley praised Bluegrass Underground for helping to put this community on the map and he foresees even more growth in the future.
Bluegrass Underground creator Todd Mayo confirms all three shows are sold out and says he has heard many positive comments about this year’s lineup.
“Thank goodness for the musical talent in America,” said Mayo. “We could keep doing this for 100 years and never run out of great bands. It’s always been our goal to color outside the lines of bluegrass and offer different varieties of music. This year it will be more of a rock ‘n roll feel than ever before.”
In addition to the PBS filming this weekend, Bluegrass Underground concerts are held throughout the year at Cumberland Caverns. Mayo says about 20,000 people visit Warren County each year for Bluegrass Underground.
The underground concerts have led to glowing press reviews. Cumberland Caverns was named by BuzzFeed as one of the 19 most unique concert venues in the world in July 2015. A number of other sources have placed it on similar lists.
In December, RedBull.com listed Cumberland Caverns as one of the top 10 most extreme places to spend the night in the world.