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New PBS Concert Series Takes Place at Underground Venue

Since the first show in 2008, Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns has become a hot location for top bluegrass and acoustic musicians from around the United States.

Shows take place 101 meters (333 feet) below ground inside a natural amphitheatre known as The Volcano Room.

When first considered as a possible venue for music events, sound engineers were called in to take a look. The result of their analysis was astonishing. The jagged walls of the cave helped give it better acoustics than any man-made structure, allowing performances to be entirely un-amplified, similar to seeing a live concert inside a recording studio.

To even further increase profile one of the United States’ most concert spaces, a new weekly television show kicked off this past September on PBS and features acts like Ricky Skaggs, Darrell Scott, Justin Townes Earle, Mountain Heart, The Farewell Drifters and 18 South.

A second season’s worth of shows is already planned and will be taped early next year. Hopes are that it will one day be as popular as other PBS mainstays like Austin City Limits and Soundstage.

Since being discovered in 1810, Cumberland Caverns has been explored to more than 32 miles long making it one of the longer caves in the United States.

New PBS series plums the depths of bluegrass [ via reader Kim DeCero]

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