MCMINNVILLE – Bluegrass Underground, the region’s premier live-music TV program, received top honors at the 2017 Midsouth Emmy Awards.
The program received Emmys for Entertainment and Technical Achievement for its fifth season on PBS, a season that included the first Bluegrass Underground primetime special. The two awards make a total of 15 Emmys received by the program, which has been described as “Austin City Limits meets Nova.” Bluegrass Underground is a unique combination of cutting-edge roots music, state-of-the-art lighting, sound and direction and the unparalleled natural beauty of the show’s setting, The Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.
Show founder and co-producer Todd Mayo accepted the Entertainment Emmy on behalf of the Bluegrass Underground family. “We’re so proud and pleased to be able to shine a light on wonderful music on PBS in a cave,” he said. Bluegrass Underground is a production of Todd Squared and is presented by WCTE-TV, Cookeville.
In addition to its Bluegrass Underground honors, Todd Squared received the Emmy for Special Event Coverage for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends – Fifty Years, Circlin’ Back!, an all-star concert at The Ryman that aired nationally on PBS stations.
Season VII of Bluegrass Underground is scheduled for filming March 24-26, featuring The Mavericks, Kasey Chambers, The McCrary Sisters, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Blues Traveler and many more of today’s top bluegrass and Americana artists. Limited tickets are still available.