I’ve been very fortunate to have attended some wonderful concert events over the years. There have been memorable moments at cool venues and so many great artists. When I heard about Bluegrass Underground here in Tennessee, I was certainly intrigued. It was time to go see this for myself.
I set out from my house in La Vergne on February 25 and drove about an hour to the same exit that Bonaroo is held each year. From there, it was winding roads most of the way till I ended up at Cumberland Caverns. I parked and walked through the gift shop to the entrance of the cave where a TV production truck was camped out. They were in the middle of capturing 13 bands over 3 days, each band playing under an hour. The Civil Wars performed their set the night before and tonight, Vince Gill was headlining.
I worked my way down into the cave and in about 3 minutes was in the Volcano Room. The room is big enough to hold an audience of about 500. I had arrived just in time to catch a group that Vince has been a part of for a while called The Time Jumpers. Great traditional Western Swing but new songs.
After a quick changeover, Vince Gill and band were up. Vince has been singing on a KSM9 since its introduction many years ago. FOH Engineer Hugh Johnson has mentioned many times that it’s the first mic he has found where he can leave Vince’s vocal channel as close to flat as possible, not having to add much or take away much in frequencies. Vince performed a string of favorites for the crowd and told a few humorous stories. He is such a genuine artist and a pleasure to know.
I am not sure when the next tapings will take place for this series (which the first season is now on PBS) but if you visit the Bluegrass Underground Website, they may post the next time they will. It’s a cool experience in a great setting.