Bluegrass Underground announces 2017…2.0

Where did the year go? Here we are, still writing “2016” on our checks and we’re already announcing the second half of 2017’s concerts at Bluegrass Underground. And what a second half it is. The Volcano Room will host a Bluegrass Hall of Famer, a trio of classic country stars, some of the greatest Americana singer-songwriters of all time and one of the best Christmas shows you will ever see, above or below ground.

July 15, it’s first-generation bluegrass master and IBMA Hall of Famer Jesse McReynolds, who, along with reinventing the mandolin with his unique cross-picking style, led the legendary Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys with his late brother. No hard-core traditionalist, Jesse recorded albums of Chuck Berry and Grateful Dead songs and recorded with Jim Morrison and the Doors. He’s a truly unique artist and a wonderfully sweet and humble human being. Do not miss him.The bluegrass/swing/classic country duo The Farmer & Adele and their band open the 1 pm. show. Tickets are here. 

Aug. 12, it’s downhome hokum and hilarity with the return of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band featuring Leroy Troy. Fiddler Johnny Campbell and his Bluegrass Drifters open the 1 p.m. show. Get your tickets now.

Sept. 9, it’s versatile GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, who has recorded with Ralph Stanley, co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, done albums of R&B and blues, penned a string of hits for George Strait and somehow finds the time to host our sister show, Music City Roots. He’ll be bringing his bluegrass band back to Bluegrass Underground with Miss Tess & The Talkbacks opening the day at 1 p.m. Tickets on sale.

Sept. 30, The Roots & Boots Tour comes to the Volcano Room, featuring three top country stars of the ‘80s and ‘90s – James Otto, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw. This one will sell out fast, folks, so don’t delay. Don’t wait this will sell out fast.

Oct. 14, it’s the dynamic duo of resophonic guitar master Rob Ickes and singer-guitarist Trey Hensley. Chessboxer makes the first move at 1 p.m. A show not to be missed.

Nov. 4 – it’s the Youngest Old Timer, Ronnie Reno, who was playing with his father Don Reno’s pioneering bluegrass band with Red Smiley, The Tennessee Cutups, before he was a teenager. You’ve seen him on TV, hosting his Reno’s Old Time Music Festival, but he’ll be live and in person in the Volcano Room with his Reno Tradition. Teea Goans opens the 1 p.m. show. On sale here. 

Nov. 18, it’s a double bill featuring two of the all-time best Americana singer-songwriters – Darrell Scott with Robbie Fulks. This one is simply not to be missed.

Dec. 2, it’s one of the absolutely best Christmas shows you will ever see. There’s a reason why Suzy Bogguss was Chet Atkins’ favorite female singer in the final years of his life and her perfect pitch, infectious warmth effortless sense of humor and total lack of artifice makes her the perfect artist for an unforgettable Christmas show filled with the real spirit of the holidays. Makes a great early gift. 

We’ll be adding more shows in coming months, but if you think you’d like to see one of our shows, don’t procrastinate. Seating is extremely limited and BGU concerts sell out fast. For the ultimate Bluegrass Underground experience, try one of our Bucket List packages, including perks like prime seating, exclusive swag, lodging and other first-class amenities. But one way or another, you should come see us. From hardcore bluegrass to mainstream country and the best in Americana, Bluegrass Underground is your one-stop subterranean concert venue. Check out all the packages we offer here. 

And a reminder – a few seats remain for this Saturday’s May 6 show, a great double bill by two of the best young bluegrass and traditional music groups today – BGU veterans Town Mountain and the acoustic power trio of Haas Kowert Tice featuring fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka). HKT starts the show at 1 p.m. Get your tickets before they’re gone here.

One more thing to look forward to this year – BGU VII. The seventh season of our 15-time Emmy-winning PBS show will premiere this September. More info to come here.

We’ll keep you posted on all that and more in coming months. Watch this space.

See you Underground – Larry Nager