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Bluegrass Underground

Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet (#308)

The well-loved, two-time Grammy award-winning Cajun/zydeco band showcases their talent. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns, this "musical adventure" series features both well-established and top emerging artists within the broad spectrum of Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Roots and Americana genres. Artists include Old Crow Medicine Show, Andrew Bird, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, The SteelDrivers, Johnnyswim, BeauSoleil, Leon Russell, North Mississippi Allstars, The Wood Brothers, Alison Brown Quartet, and the Infamous Stringdusters.

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    18 SOUTH's organic and earthy sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel. [26 minutes]

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    Ricky Skaggs showcases the style that made him one of the best-selling artists in Country history. [26 minutes]

  • Will Hoge (#103)

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  • Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters (#104)

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  • Justin Townes Earl (#106)

    The winner of the Best New and Emerging Artist at 2009 Americana Music Awards is featured. [26 minutes]

  • Mountain Heart (#107)

    This highly awarded ensemble fearlessly revolutionizes the way acoustic music is presented. [26 minutes]

  • Darrell Scott (#108)

    Scott's songs are a fine-tuned balance of the cerebral and the emotional, soulfully delivered. [26 minutes]

  • The John Cowan Band (#109)

    John Cowan's musical journey has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation. [26 minutes]

  • The Farewell Drifters (#110)

    The young quintet showcases their shimmering harmonies and disarmingly honest songwriting. [26 minutes]

  • Monte Montgomery (#111)

    Monte's amazing fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players. [26 minutes]

  • Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer (#112)

    Great cuts from Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, John Cowan Band, Cherryholmes and Will Hoge. [26 minutes]

  • The Civil Wars (#201)

    Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerful ballads. [26 minutes]

  • Jerry Douglas (#202)

    The thirteen time Grammy-winner plays the dobro with unprecedented speed and haunting lyricism. [26 minutes]

  • Sarah Jarosz (#203)

    The innovative artist weaves rock rhythms, classical textures and Appalachian melodies. [26 minutes]

  • Jim Lauderdale (#204)

    The singer/songwriter's talents dance across the worlds of country, rock, Americana and bluegrass [26 minutes]

  • David Mayfield Parade (#205)

    The singer/guitarist mixes acoustic-alternative and cutting-edge Americana with great showmanship. [26 minutes]

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (#206)

    The singer/mandolinist and his band perform progressive bluegrass and compelling a cappella Gospel. [26 minutes]

  • Scott Miller & The Commonwealth (#207)

    The Americana pioneer and his band, the Commonwealth, bring a bluegrass and edgy mountain sound [26 minutes]

  • The Time Jumpers (#208)

    This all-star, 11-piece western swing outfit features Dawn Sears, Vince Gill and Ranger Doug Green. [26 minutes]

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    The Vespers deliver a fresh and dynamic mixture of folk, rock and Appalachian stomp. [26 minutes]

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    The singer and guitarist personifies "High Lonesome" sound and also takes it to new frontiers. [26 minutes]

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  • Infamous Stringdusters (#303)

    The groove-friendly Infamous Stringdusters blend virtuosity and innovation to the delight of fans. [26 minutes]

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    The powerful duo deliver artistically rendered folk-pop songs and a uniquely modern, sensual sound. [26 minutes]

  • Yonder Mountain String Band (#305)

    One of the founders of America's jam band movement, Yonder Mountain String Band, performs. [26 minutes]

  • Ben Sollee (#306)

    The singer-songwriter and composer is known for his innovative playing and genre-bending songs. [26 minutes]

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    The Steeldrivers braid bluegrass roots with country, soul and contemporary influences. [26 minutes]

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    The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member performs. [26 minutes]

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    The Wood Brothers perform folk-roots-blues with taut vocal harmonies and colossal grooves. [26 minutes]

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    The band performs lyrical Celtic music, polyrhythmic jazz and pedal-to-the-metal bluegrass. [26 minutes]

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