Dates and Artists announced for The Caverns Sessions next spring

Tickets go on sale next Friday for 3 days of tapings

PELHAM, Tennessee (WDEF) – A long running PBS music series returns to the Cumberland Plateau next season.

But with a name change.

Bluegrass Underground is now called The Caverns Sessions.

The series runs on PBS, featuring a host of roots music groups (not just Bluegrass).

They will tape all of Season XII in just 3 days of marathon concerts at the Caverns in March.

“As the second longest-running music series on American television, we’re grateful for our longtime partnerships with PBS and WCTE, and our underwriters who make the series possible,” says Todd Mayo, the series co-producer and owner of The Caverns. “We look forward to showcasing a deep diversity of magical underground performances with The Caverns Sessions this year, and in the years to come.”

Each day, they will record four artists for playback in the series.

And you can be there.

Tickets for the tapings go on sale Friday, December 9 at

The shows include such rising and established performers as Iron & Wine, Peter Rowan, and Allison Russell.

Here is the full breakdown on the artists and the schedule:




·    The Lil Smokies – Blending virtuosic instrumental acrobatics with riveting lyrical craftsmanship, The Lil Smokies have earned a reputation as one of the most electrifying acts in modern American roots music thanks to their exhilarating live show and critically acclaimed studio output.

·    Kitchen Dwellers – Kitchen Dwellers twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues.

·    Della Mae – Della Mae is a GRAMMY-nominated all-woman string band and have traveled to over 30 countries on a mission to showcase top female musicians, and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

·    Darin & Brooke Aldridge – IBMA award-winning husband-and-wife bluegrass duo, Darin & Brooke Aldridge continue to rise to new heights of the music industry while maintaining their easy-going, down-to-earth connection with audiences everywhere.



·    Iron & Wine – The musical project of singer-songwriter Sam Beam, Iron & Wine has garnered both critical and popular acclaim. As a leading voice of the indie-folk/Americana scene, Iron & Wine has captured the emotion and imagination of listeners with distinctly cinematic songs.

·    Watchhouse – Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse bring profound chemistry to the stage with songs that encompass the unknowable mysteries, existential heartbreak, and communal joys of modern life.

·    Bill Miller – Bill Miller’s music has amplified the whispers of Native peoples’ hearts, while bridging cultures around the world with his signature sound: thunder (the voice), wind (the Native American flute), water (the guitar), and soul (the story).

·    Harley Kimbro Lewis – Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro and Sam Lewis make up Harley Kimbro Lewis, a collaboration that MOJO Magazine (UK) describes as “the roots equivalent of a Crosby, Still & Nash album.” This is acoustic Americana at its finest.



·    Peter Rowan – Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

·    Sierra Ferrell – With songs beautifully unbound by genre or era, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself, who spent her early 20s hopping freight trains, busking for tips, and living out of her van. In 2022, she was crowned “Emerging Act of The Year” by the Americana Music Association.

·    Allison Russell – Accolades for Russell’s debut album Outside Child include three GRAMMY award nominations and Album of The Year at the 2022 American Music Association Awards. It’s no wonder the New York Times ranked Outside Child the #2 Best Album of 2021.

·    Cedric Burnside – The blues is music for all time—past, present, and future—and few artists simultaneously exemplify those multiple temporal moments of the genre like North Mississippi’s GRAMMY-winning and NEA National Heritage Award recipient Cedric Burnside.



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