Arts and Music

The Caverns Sessions

Formerly known as Bluegrass Underground, this magical, "musical adventure" series is taped deep within the subterranean amphitheater of The Caverns in Tennessee's majestic Cumberland Mountains. Now in its eleventh year and re-branded as "The Caverns Sessions," this series features both long-established and emerging artists within a broad spectrum of genres.

BRIT TAYLOR

24m 41s

Disillusioned after years trying to work through Nashville’s Country music machine, Brit Taylor decided to do it her own way, mixing traditional Country with contemporary attitude, poetic ease and honesty, and a generous touch of her Eastern Kentucky Bluegrass roots. With support from Dan Auerbach, who co-wrote five songs for her 2020 debut release, "Real Me," her very real gamble paid off.

Episodes

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    BRIT TAYLOR

    S1 E12 - 24m 41s

    Disillusioned after years trying to work through Nashville’s Country music machine, Brit Taylor decided to do it her own way, mixing traditional Country with contemporary attitude, poetic ease and honesty, and a generous touch of her Eastern Kentucky Bluegrass roots. With support from Dan Auerbach, who co-wrote five songs for her 2020 debut release, "Real Me," her very real gamble paid off.

  • ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

    S1 E11 - 24m 41s

    No band in American Roots music is of greater legendary status than Asleep at The Wheel. Celebrating 50 years of the finest in Western Swing and Country and downhome Boogie, Ray Benson brings his Golden Anniversary tour to the Caverns. This gifted, one-of-a-kind band has kept the music of Bob Wills alive and jumping with a line-up of road-tested veterans and blazing young hot shots.

  • ADIA VICTORIA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    ADIA VICTORIA

    S1 E10 - 24m 41s

    Executive produced by T-Bone Burnett, Adia’s debut 2021 album was titled, “Southern Gothic.” It featured guests Jason Isbell and Margo Price and nods to a rich legacy of Black Southern storytelling. The album’s title is a perfect description of the spell Adia weaves with eerily mysterious songs and a riveting presence.

  • MILK CARTON KIDS: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    MILK CARTON KIDS

    S1 E9 - 24m 41s

    No Americana duo combines spine-tingling vocal harmonies with truly original and hilarious between-song banter like GRAMMY and America Award-winning singers and guitarists The Milk Carton Kids—Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. If you’ve seen them before, then you already know… If you haven’t, you are about to meet one of your new favorites.

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    GANGSTAGRASS

    S1 E8 - 24m 41s

    Led by “Rappalachian” mastermind Rench, the group’s “Long Hard Times to Come” won an instant national audience as the theme for Elmore Leonard’s classic TV EMMY-nominated series Justified. Gangstagrass has continued successfully mining that unlikely mashup, finding common ground on the dance floors of both rural and urban America. Old school hip-hop meets that high-lonesome sound in Gangstagrass.

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    WATKINS FAMILY HOUR

    S1 E7 - 24m 41s

    You know Sean and Sara Watkins as two-thirds of multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning Americana phenomenon Nickel Creek. Their Watkins Family Hour is now the next step in the singing/songwriting/red-hot picking siblings’ no-boundaries journey into Bluegrass, Folk and Pop—an energetic musical outlet for these amazingly talented siblings’ songwriting, arrangements, and experimentation.

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    KATIE PRUITT

    S1 E6 - 24m 41s

    With her highly personal and distinctly modern Southern storytelling, Georgia-born Katie Pruitt, explores complex emotional ground, covering topics such as mental illness and the frustration and difficulties of growing up gay in the Christian South. Katie Pruitt’s music is honest, vulnerable and absolutely beautiful.

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    BUFFALO NICHOLS

    S1 E5 - 24m 41s

    Buffalo Nichols’ music centers on a long-held view of a serious need for Black stories that avoid leaning on worn stereotypes. Buffalo Nichols has found a way... Challenging the narrative while bridging past and present, Nichols’ autobiographical anecdotes build upon his observational, narrative-based songwriting, bringing the blues of the past into the future.

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    SHOOTER JENNINGS

    S1 E4 - 24m 41s

    Shooter Jennings has defied expectation while expanding the parameters of Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and beyond. Son of anti-Nashville music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter—singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer—spent his first years on a tour bus. For 25 years Shooter has issued albums & EPs in his brand of genre-defying Outlaw Country and Southern Rock.

  • SHOOTER JENNINGS: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    SHOOTER JENNINGS

    S1 E4 - 24m 41s

    Shooter Jennings has defied expectation while expanding the parameters of Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and beyond. Son of anti-Nashville music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter—singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer—spent his first years on a tour bus. For 25 years Shooter has issued albums & EPs in his brand of genre-defying Outlaw Country and Southern Rock.

  • CHA WA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    CHA WA

    S1 E3 - 24m 41s

    The critically acclaimed, two-time GRAMMY-nominated Funk band, all-reverent of long-standing tradition, and inspired by today’s social environment. Deeply rooted in the cultural phenomenon that is the music of New Orleans, "Honey" Banister is renowned for his traditional and intricately designed Mardi Gras Indian headdress and regalia. Cha Wa blends infectious groove with pure joy.

  • MOLLY TUTTLE & Golden Highway: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    MOLLY TUTTLE & Golden Highway

    S1 E2 - 24m 41s

    A virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter and powerful player and the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year Award. Highly regarded for her guitar prowess, Molly Tuttle returns to her Bluegrass roots with Golden Highway, driving the Bluegrass and Neo-Traditional genres forward in today’s musical landscape.

Extras + Features

  • Episode 12 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 12 Preview

    S1 E12 - 30s

    Disillusioned after years trying to work through Nashville’s Country music machine, Brit Taylor decided to do it her own way, mixing traditional Country with contemporary attitude, poetic ease and honesty, and a generous touch of her Eastern Kentucky Bluegrass roots. With support from Dan Auerbach, who co-wrote five songs for her 2020 debut release, "Real Me," her very real gamble paid off.

  • Episode 11 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 11 Preview

    S1 E11 - 30s

    No band in American Roots music is of greater legendary status than Asleep at The Wheel. Celebrating 50 years of the finest in Western Swing and Country and downhome Boogie, Ray Benson brings his Golden Anniversary tour to the Caverns. This gifted, one-of-a-kind band has kept the music of Bob Wills alive and jumping with a line-up of road-tested veterans and blazing young hot shots.

  • Episode 10 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 10 Preview

    S1 E10 - 30s

    Executive produced by T-Bone Burnett, Adia’s debut 2021 album was titled, “Southern Gothic.” It featured guests Jason Isbell and Margo Price and nods to a rich legacy of Black Southern storytelling. The album’s title is a perfect description of the spell Adia weaves with eerily mysterious songs and a riveting presence.

  • Episode 9 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 9 Preview

    S1 E9 - 30s

    No Americana duo combines spine-tingling vocal harmonies with truly original and hilarious between-song banter like GRAMMY and America Award-winning singers and guitarists The Milk Carton Kids—Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. If you’ve seen them before, then you already know… If you haven’t, you are about to meet one of your new favorites.

  • Episode 8 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 8 Preview

    S1 E8 - 30s

    Led by “Rappalachian” mastermind Rench, the group’s “Long Hard Times to Come” won an instant national audience as the theme for Elmore Leonard’s classic TV EMMY-nominated series Justified. Gangstagrass has continued successfully mining that unlikely mashup, finding common ground on the dance floors of both rural and urban America. Old school hip-hop meets that high-lonesome sound in Gangstagrass.

  • Episode 7 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 7 Preview

    S1 E7 - 30s

    You know Sean and Sara Watkins as two-thirds of multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning Americana phenomenon Nickel Creek. Their Watkins Family Hour is now the next step in the singing/songwriting/red-hot picking siblings’ no-boundaries journey into Bluegrass, Folk and Pop—an energetic musical outlet for these amazingly talented siblings’ songwriting, arrangements, and experimentation.

  • Episode 6 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 6 Preview

    S1 E6 - 30s

    With her highly personal and distinctly modern Southern storytelling, Georgia-born Katie Pruitt, explores complex emotional ground, covering topics such as mental illness and the frustration and difficulties of growing up gay in the Christian South. Katie Pruitt’s music is honest, vulnerable and absolutely beautiful.

  • Episode 5 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 Preview

    S1 E5 - 30s

    Buffalo Nichols’ music centers on a long-held view of a serious need for Black stories that avoid leaning on worn stereotypes. Buffalo Nichols has found a way... Challenging the narrative while bridging past and present, Nichols’ autobiographical anecdotes build upon his observational, narrative-based songwriting, bringing the blues of the past into the future.

  • Episode 4 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Shooter Jennings has defied expectation while expanding the parameters of Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and beyond. Son of anti-Nashville music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter—singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer—spent his first years on a tour bus. For 25 years Shooter has issued albums & EPs in his brand of genre-defying Outlaw Country and Southern Rock.

  • Episode 3 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    The critically acclaimed, two-time GRAMMY-nominated Funk band, all-reverent of long-standing tradition, and inspired by today’s social environment. Deeply rooted in the cultural phenomenon that is the music of New Orleans, "Honey" Banister is renowned for his traditional and intricately designed Mardi Gras Indian headdress and regalia. Cha Wa blends infectious groove with pure joy.

  • Episode 2 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview

    S1 E2 - 30s

    A virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter and powerful player and the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year Award. Highly regarded for her guitar prowess, Molly Tuttle returns to her Bluegrass roots with Golden Highway, driving the Bluegrass and Neo-Traditional genres forward in today’s musical landscape.

Schedule

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    The Caverns Sessions

    Gangstagrass

    Sunday
    Dec 11

    30 Minutes

    Taped in the subterranean amphitheater of The Caverns in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains, both long-established and emerging artists perform within a broad spectrum of genres.
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    The Caverns Sessions

    Milk Carton Kids

    Sunday
    Dec 11

    30 Minutes

    American indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids.
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    The Caverns Sessions

    Adia Victoria

    Sunday
    Dec 18

    30 Minutes

    Singer-songwriter Adia Victoria.
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    The Caverns Sessions

    Asleep at the Wheel

    Sunday
    Dec 18

    30 Minutes

    Western swing group Asleep at the Wheel.

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