PBS live music program Bluegrass Underground will resume taping at The Caverns in Pelham, TN next March, the public television network announced. Episodes starring Asleep At The Wheel, Molly Tuttle, Shooter Jennings, and more will record live March 18th–20th, 2022.
For season 11 of Bluegrass Underground, things begin on March 18th with performances by Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Cha Wa, Gangstagrass, and Brit Taylor. The following day, The Milk Carton Kids, Watkins Family Hour, Katie Pruitt, and Buffalo Nichols take The Caverns’ famed underground stage. Finally, on March 20th Asleep At The Wheel, Moon Taxi, Shooter Jennings, and Adia Victoria wrap up the weekend of concert recordings.
“At last, Bluegrass Underground is getting back to what we do best: capturing magical performances in a magical subterranean setting,” Bluegrass Underground creator and co-producer Todd Mayo said in a press release. “As the second-longest music series on American Television, we’re grateful for our longtime partnership with PBS and WCTE. Together we’re able to bring television viewers a diversity of roots music from one of the most iconic music destinations in the world, The Caverns in Grundy County, Tennessee.”
Bluegrass Underground shut down production in March 2020 due to the pandemic, just weeks before a new season was set to tape. Programmers retained a number of acts from the proposed season ten schedule, including Molly Tuttle, Asleep At The Wheel, and The Milk Carton Kids. Several rising artists were set to make their debuts on the program last year—including Goose, Black Pumas, and Yola—but are absent from the 2022 schedule. In light of the pandemic, season ten of Bluegrass Underground consisted of ten “best of” episodes.