Monthly Archives: June 2022

Info On Under The Big Sky Festival.

I have an extensive amount of festivals I report on every year, and the festival season is under full and heavy swing, meaning I am hard at work publishing as much information as I can about all of them.

This one here is packed full of some of independent music’s heaviest hitters like the beautiful Miss Sierra Hull to one of the newest Opry member Mr. Jamey Johnson. Miss Lainey Wilson was just recently announced she was added to the cast of Yellowstone, and in fact, I’ll be seeing American Aquarium at the Ryman Auditorium next weekend.

UNDER THE BIG SKY ’22

Breakin in new boots this July and look who’s making their way to the Ranch

Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours are back in business alongside the best of Texas, Mr, Paul Cauthen to kick off Friday night’s rodeo round-up with some of pro rodeo’s best competitors. The weekend brings us the likes of Lord Huron, Cody Jinks, Black Pumas, Jamey Johnson, Midland, Sierra Ferrel, Trampled by Turtles, and a whole lot more.

We’re also welcoming: more bathrooms, more free water stations & cheap bottled water, more parking, reduced attendance & more open space at both stages.

For the fun stuff, we’re bringing back the rodeo, petting zoo, & all those delicious local beers and eats (in ample supply)!

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4th at 12 PM MST! Set your alarm and if you haven’t already, text HOWDY to (888) 305-2637 to get news and on sale reminders.

 

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OUTRIDERS AT THE OLD SALOON
📍 EMIGRANT, MT
We’re making our way down to the Old Saloon in Emigrant – just outside of Bozeman & about 5 hours from Whitefish – to host our official side shows for folks who won’t be able to make UTBS ’22 the weekend of July 14-17.Official after parties in Whitefish/Flathead Valley coming very soon – if you’re attending the festival you’ll want to wait for these.7.14 Paul Cauthen [TICKETS]
7.15 Jamey Johnson [TICKETS]
7.16 Midland + Stephen Wilson Jr. [TICKETS]
7.17 Shakey Graves + Tre Burt [TICKETS]TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

The Oak Ridge Boys To Play Springfield Tennessee!

My dear friends I am elated right now, because I have been given the blessed opportunity to tell all of my local friends that the Legendary Oak Ridge Boys will be performing here in Springfield Tennessee, at the Robertson County fairgrounds on July 3rd for a FREE SHOW!

Back in June of last year, they released their 32nd album ( not counting their early Gospel albums from the early 50’s, the 60’s and early 70’s ) produced by Mr. Dave Cobb, called “Front Porch Singin”. This album release then culminated into a huge tour which included many amphitheater appearances and Opry performances, including the one I’m telling you about.

As they celebrate 40 years of the album “Fancy Free”, which contains the mega hit song “Elvira”, they celebrate the life of it’s writer Mr. Dallas Frazier who we lost in January of this year. Their current set list includes many songs from that album as well as the staple songs they usually do live.

This band has been a Legendary staple in my life for many decades, and I have so many splendid memories of their music and live shows in my life. All four of these guys have given Country Music so many years of dedication and upholding the traditions of the genre, while maintaining a positive relevance in an ever changing market.

This event will be taking place July 3rd at the Robertson County Fairgrounds and provide a wonderful boost to the economy in my general area. This entire outdoor event has attractions for all ages, and pretty much anybody will be having a blessed time there….please join me!

HERE IS MORE INFO

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the City of Springfield’s Freedom Fest, presented by Grace Baptist Church. Enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, youth games and activities, vendors, food trucks, and more! Gates open at 3:00 PM. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 PM.

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Music begins at 3:45 PM.

Location: Robertson County Fairgrounds

Fee: Free admission.

Stage ScheduleVisit www.freedomfest21.com to learn more.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of food vendors, including The Grilled Cheeserie, Golly G’s Food Truck, Big Thunder Events, J & J Concessions, Retro Monkey Sno, Whitts BBQ, and Robertson County Fair Concessions.

 

final Freedom Fest 2022 full Poster

These items are not allowed into Freedom Fest:

NO pets (except for service animals).
NO alcoholic beverages.
NO drugs and drug paraphernalia.
NO coolers.
NO outside food or drinks.
NO flash photography, camcorders, or recording devices after 7:00 PM. (Exception to policy: media reporters & official photographer).
NO offensive/obscene language.
NO roaming solicitation of any kind.
NO amplification devices.
NO drones over the event area.
NO unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are allowed in or around the venue.
NO glass.

Any violation of these policies will result in expulsion from the festival.

These items are allowed into Freedom Fest:

YES chairs and blankets
YES sunblock
YES baby food/formula (no glass)
YES food for medical purposes
YES service animals
YES purses and handbags (subject to search upon entrance)
YES mobile phones
YES hand sanitizer and baby wipes
YES baby strollers and wagons with accompanying child

Lost child station: There is a Lost Child Station located at the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office command post. The command post is shown on the festival map.

CAROLINA CALLING, New Series from the BGS Podcast Network and Come Hear NC, Premieres January 31

CAROLINA CALLING, New Series from the BGS Podcast Network and Come Hear NC, Premieres January 31
Featuring appearances from Rhiannon Giddens, Hiss Golden Messenger, Nnenna Freelon, Alice Gerrard, and more, season one explores the history of North Carolina as told through the music and musicians that made it.
January 26, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Bluegrass Situation is excited to announce its latest addition to the BGS Podcast Network, CAROLINA CALLING, a podcast produced in association with Come Hear NC that explores the history of North Carolina as told through its music and the musicians who made it.
Season one delves into five distinct locales: Asheville, Shelby, Greensboro, Durham and Wilmington, that each influenced various musical styles across the U.S. and beyond.
Carolina Calling’s first episodes aim to connect the roots of these progressions and uncover the unique spark and story within five different artistic communities. From Asheville to Wilmington, we’ll be spanning the state to dive into cities and regions that have cultivated decades of talent as diverse as Blind Boy Fuller to the Steep Canyon Rangers, from Robert Moog to James Taylor and Rhiannon Giddens.
Hosted by writer David Menconi — longtime North Carolinian, frequent BGS-contributor, and author of the award-winning 2020 book Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Music (University of North Carolina Press) — the series’ first episode premieres Monday, Jan. 31 and focuses on Asheville with appearances from Pokey LaFarge, Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Gar Ragland of Citizen Vinyl and more.
“It’s been my pleasure to spend the past three decades immersed in the music of North Carolina,” says Menconi. “I’m excited to be a part of carrying that forward and spreading the word to an even wider audience through this new series.”
Listen to the series trailer here and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Host interviews, episode previews, and exclusive clip premieres available upon request.
More About Come Hear NC:
Come Hear NC is a promotional campaign of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources designed to celebrate North Carolinians’ contribution to the canon of American music. Musicians from North Carolina have made brilliant, groundbreaking contributions to many of America’s most important musical genres: John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Thelonious Monk in jazz; Charlie Poole, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson in bluegrass; Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, and Etta Baker in Piedmont blues, well, you get the idea. Today new generations of North Carolina musicians are building on this rich legacy by making their own mark in hip hop, indie music, and more. North Carolina music is American Music.
More About The Bluegrass Situation:
The Bluegrass Situation [BGS] is the world’s largest community for American roots music, culture and lifestyle. What began as a blog for like-minded Angelenos pining for bluegrass in Southern California has morphed and grown over a decade to become an international standard-bearer for all the things we love about bluegrass within every branch and offshoot of the roots-music family tree — from vibey pop-folk to ravishing alt-country; plus blues, singer/songwriter, Americana, old-time and everything else above, below and in between. The Bluegrass Situation proudly represents a unique gathering place, even in a global pandemic lockdown, producing virtual events such as online variety show Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, presented by BGS co-founder Ed Helms, and the fifth annual Shout & Shine showcase celebrating equity and inclusion in bluegrass. BGS is proud to support and uplift the rich, diverse and varied history of these musics while looking ahead with a progressive vision to transform these folkways and traditions into a carefully curated, 21st-century lifestyle open to all. Discover more at TheBluegrassSituation.com
CAROLINA CALLING SEASON ONE URL:  http://hyperurl.co/carolinacalling

Sunny Sweeney To Release “Married Alone”.

This album feature and review will be updated a few times in the near future, so like many of my other articles you should keep in touch with me on here to stay informed in all things local music. Summer of 2022 is already hot and it is even hotter with new releases from a plethora of different bands, including one that I have been salivating over, and that is my good friend Miss Sunny Sweeney.

I’m going to be writing my own piece on this album, as well as include the press release and some of her tour dates. I got all sorts of new music news up on all of  my current articles, as well as dates and information on over 200 festivals across this nation. Who cares what people are arguing about over on social media, music brings people together!

This album means A LOT to me as two of the most amazing people in the business are heavily involved in making her finest album yet. I have been an avid fan of Sunny Sweeney since her early days of “Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame”, and her stint with Big Machine Records. Back then, she was one of the most overlooked artists out there, and she has earned my adoration due to her passionate love for the Opry and it’s core foundations.

I inject this portion into EVERY article I write about her and her music, I myself as an avid fan and patron of the Opry, feel that she has more than earned a place among the ranks of membership. There is no doubt in my mind that she would join with the current members that ACTUALLY DO play there, and uphold that tradition.

I am going to skip around on the songs here, as I am still taking all of this in over here. I want to focus now on the title song called “Married Alone”. Even though Miss Sunny is not one of the writers, her vocal delivery of the lyrics convinced me as a listener that she is indeed LIVING the song. And she has….and one of the co writers has.

Mr. Josh Morningstar is one of my favorite people in the game in many ways. He is a good friend, and a truly talented man. This quickly became my favorite song he has ever had a co write on, and I am very proud of the songwriter he has become. However another song on the album he co wrote with Miss Sunny and Mr. Channing Wilson ( who wrote “Black Jesus” for Mr. Jason Eady ) , called “How’d I End Up Lonely Again”. This song marks the absolute end of a marriage and the time that your body and soul winds up in the embers of the aftermath.

What made it even MORE special was the guest vocals by one of the people from the 80s Country scene that I consider a Legend….Mr. Vince Gill. That right there is simply the icing on the cake. Many of us that have been through a divorce to where you and your spouse simply grew apart while together.

Overall this album is by far one of the saddest Country albums I have heard in the last 10 years, adding yet another emotional chapter of her own life for her fans to absorb. Her albums in succession take you on a wild ride of her own life’s ups and downs, where her fans can identify with how she was feeling at that particular time. Her albums have themes of the high points of being married and being on top, and they stretch toward thee bitter end…..and that is where this albums culminates.

One of these songs I do remember hearing live a few months ago was the song “Tie Me Up”, a song of   irreverent  feelings for a relationship’s rules and conduct. It is a witty anthem for the single people that live on the edge of taunting people who are “tied down” to an exhausting routine of a relationship.

This album once again features some mighty fine songwriting from Mr. Buddy Owens again, as he wrote two songs on her third album ‘Provoked’. One of the songs that resonated to me the most on here was the song ‘Wasting One On You”. When you meet someone you think may be a good fit to have a relationship with, even if you are in denial, this song is a push out the door of the world and give it a try.

Sunny Sweeney, With The Help Of Paul Cauthen, Paints A Beautiful Picture Of A Hard Reminder In “A Song Can’t Fix Everything,” Co-Written with Lori McKenna

From upcoming album Married Alone, out September 23rd via Thirty Tigers; Produced by Cauthen and The Texas Gentlemen’s Beau Bedford; Tour continues tonight in Mesa, AZ

“Sunny Sweeney has a lot to say, I knew that from the beginning. The opportunity [to produce] arose from heaven’s gates. I believe truth and honesty outweighs any sex or genre. This is undeniable…don’t put it in a box and if you do, the box is Sunny’s. Listen to what is real.” -Paul Cauthen

 

June 3, 2022 – Nashville, TN – “I was stepping into the elevator at my hotel as we were leaving Chicago after a great run, and this title popped into my head,” says prolific songwriter and singer Sunny Sweeney of her new tune “A Song Can’t Fix Everything.”

Sweeney, an artist known for her uncanny ability to straddle the line of demarcation between Texas Country and Nashville Americana, recounts the lightbulb moment, saying, “Despite the fact that music is so special to me, and always has been, and can lift me up and bring me out of a funk, I was having a shitty day. I only wanted to stay in bed and listen to Tom Petty.”

What she and Lori McKenna wrote in the final version of “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” is at once uplifting and heartbreaking.“That song can’t bring my mother back to life,” Sweeney sings at the song’s start, before recounting the many ways that music may be able to transport us to the past but can never fix it. “It’s about just trying to find those three minutes of happiness you get relating to something and taking yourself out of your everyday life,” says Sweeney.

“Letting yourself slip away, it can feel like it’s going to be ok, even if, ultimately, it may not be.” Sweeney is joined on vocals by the song and album’s co-producer, beloved Texas musician, and larger-than-life personality Paul Cauthen.

“A Song Can’t Fix Everything” is the first single from Sweeney’s upcoming album Married Alone—out on September 23rd via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Cauthen and the Texas Gentlemen’s multi-hyphenate Beau Bedford, Married Alone is Sweeney’s finest work yet, bringing together confessional songwriting, image-rich narratives, and no shortage of sonic surprises for a loosely conceptual album about loss and healing.

Recorded at Dallas’s Modern Electric Sound Recorders and was mixed by the whole team with the help of Jeff Saenz—beloved Dallas-based producer and owner of Modern Electric—upon his unbelievable return to work after being electrocuted in a freak accident. Fans can listen to “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” now at this link and pre-order or pre-save Married Alone ahead of its release right here

In addition to the release of Married Alone, Sweeney has a song featured in the upcoming film VENGEANCE, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office) and her tour resumes tonight in Mesa, Arizona. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at sunnysweeney.com/tour.

More About Married Alone: Opener “Tie Me Up” declares that, despite its loose theme, Married Alone is not a somber record, with Sweeney in full spitfire mode and cheekily declaring to a would-be suitor, “You can tie me up, but baby you can’t tie me down.” Cauthen’s and Bedford’s production especially shines on the track, which would sound at home at a roadside juke joint or in front of thousands of fans at a festival.

Cauthen joins Sweeney on the aforementioned “A Song Can’t Fix Everything,” one of the album’s rawer moments. “Want You to Miss Me” is an honest take on the complexities of a difficult breakup, with Sweeney’s nimble vocal wavering between defiance and doubt. “Easy as Hello” is Sweeney’s writing at its finest, channeling the heartache that comes with the end of a treasured relationship, for a track that recalls—vocally and lyrically—the work of Stevie Nicks.

“Someday You’ll Call My Name” reads like a break-up kiss-off—and it’s a great one, at that—but the song, pulled from Sweeney’s vault, was originally inspired by her early days as a musician, longing to be recognized by major country institutions like the Grand Ole Opry. She and co-writer Brennen Leigh reworked their 10-year-old version of the track to better fit Married Alone, and that session helped set the tone for what would become the full album.

The full potential of the album really revealed itself, though, when a friend sent Sweeney a demo of what would become its title track, “Married Alone.” Though she wasn’t a co-writer on the track, Sweeney felt her own story reflected in its lyrics. The song, which features a particularly emotional guest vocal from living country legend Vince Gill, charts the painful moments sometimes experienced in marriages that have run their course. “There may be rings on our fingers, but we’re married alone,” she and Gill sing, over weeping pedal steel and reverbed guitar.

“My jaw hit the floor when I heard that song, because I had just gone through my second divorce, which is also cliche of a country singer,” Sweeney says, with a laugh. “I was still pretty raw about my divorce, but also very candid and trying to find levity in the situation. You have to be able to laugh at yourself at some point and not let it just totally get you down.” A few months after securing the song and mining her own vault for a tracklist, Sweeney traveled to Dallas, TX, to record—alongside Cauthen and Bedford—what would become Married Alone.

Married Alone track listing:

1. Tie Me Up (Sunny Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Galen Griffin)
2. Easy As Hello (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna/Heather Morgan)
3. Married Alone ft. Vince Gill (Hannah Blaylock/Josh Morningstar/Autumn McEntire)
4. Someday You’ll Call My Name (Sunny Sweeney/Brennen Leigh)
5. How’d I End Up Lonely Again (Sunny Sweeney/Channing Wilson/Josh Morningstar)
6. A Song Can’t Fix Everything ft. Paul Cauthen (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)
7. Want You To Miss Me (Sunny Sweeney/Caitlyn Smith)
8. Wasting One On You (Sunny Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Monty Holmes)
9. Fool Like Me (Waylon Payne/Kendell Marvel)
10. All I Don’t Need (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)
11. Leaving Is My Middle Name (Sunny Sweeney/ Buddy Owens/Galen Griffin/Scotch Taylor)
12. Still Here (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)

Catch Sunny Sweeney On Tour:

6/3 – Mesa, AZ – Rooster’s
7/6 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
7/7 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll
7/8 – McKinney, TX – Hank’s Grill
7/9 – Coupland, TX – Coupland Dancehall
7/10 – Fort Worth, TX – Fort Brewery
7/12 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
7/13 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
7/15 – Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar & Grill
7/16 – Kahoka, MO – Clark County Fair
7/17 -Yorkville, IL – The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
7/20 – Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s Night Club
7/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
7/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
7/24 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
7/27 – Manitou Springs, CO – Lulu’s Downstairs
7/29 – Cheyenne, WY – The Outlaw Saloon
7/30 – Sheridan, WY – WYO Theater
7/31 – White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Music Festival
8/2 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge
8/5 – King Ferry, NY – Treleaven Wines

News On The Del McCourry Album.

 

Almost Proud is packed with songs from a wide variety of writers—well known and obscure—and includes a few performances from old friends. There are new songs like the aforementioned “Running Wild” and “Almost Proud,” a song written by his good friends Eric Gibson and Mike Barber that was cut just hours after it was written. Just like his live performances, McCoury started Almost Proud with his regular point of view: “If I’m not interested, how can I expect the audience to be?” At the end of the day, Del may be almost proud of what he’s accomplished, but he’s always proud of the music he records.

With all of the fun going on right now at DelFest, I found it pertinent to post some exciting information on the new album from Mr. Del McCourry. He and his band of family is now being featured in a plethora of music festivals that I could name here in 2022, and this ( may be an inaccurate count ) is his 26th album ( including his solo albums ).

To say that Mr. Del McCouury is a Bluegrass Legend would be an understatement. He has embellished not only Bluegrass Music, but many other genres as well. He has influenced and mentored a long list of other artists, he has ardently upheld his Opry membership appearances and he holds true the traditions and dignity of Bluegrass.

Even though the songs on this album bare a strong affinity for alcohol consumption and other social misfit deeds, you can easily see the purity and love he has for the traditions of the past in his new songs. Even right now, Mr. Vince Gill remains one of the most overlooked stars of the 1990’s and I fully regard him as a Country Music Legend just as much as the ones whom came before him.

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Vince Gill with The Del McCoury Band – photo by Chris Hollo © Grand Ole Opry

Nashville superstars Del McCoury and Vince Gill are singing together on the latest single from The Del McCoury Band. Honky Tonk Nights finds Vince and Del trading verses, and tenoring each other. Oh my!

The song has that funky, bluesy sound that Del and the Boys have made famous, and will be included on their next album, Almost Proud, set for release on February 18.

Vince shows that he hasn’t forgotten a thing from his years in bluegrass before hitting it big in country music. Del, of course, doesn’t miss a lick, despite his 82 years, and his band of sons Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass, gives this track the perfect sheen.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show At The Caverns Adds More Friends!

It’s Not A Hootenanny Without Friends!
Old Crow Medicine Show Welcomes Special Guests Joshua Hedley, Town Mountain and Willie Watson to Join Their Hootenanny at The Caverns Amphitheater Grand Opening
Before I list all of the information from the press release here, I wanted to share a few thoughts myself on behalf of the venue and other shows that are being advertised here. I had the opportunity recently to see the field and the stage behind “above if that’s what you consider it” the cave itself, and it is amazing!
I am extremely excited about this particular show here for one main reason…they just announced Mr. Willie Watson. As you may or not know, there is a truly amazing history between him and Old Crow Medicine Show. He was one of the original members of this band that has an ever changing list of members. Each and every one of the current and past members brought a special talent to the sound of this band.
The last album that Mr. Willie Watson appears on is one of my favorite albums of their called “Carry Me Back”, and the song “Levi” is one of the best ones on that album for sure. One of the more overlooked songs in their catalog is the song called “Sewanee Mountain Catfight”.
I haven’t had the pleasure to run into the guys from Town Mountain for some time now, but I have had the chance to cover their set in the past at many festivals.
Even though I haven’t heard a new album from them in a few years, they remain relevant and fresh through their rigorous tour schedule.
I’m going to be talking heavily about the man leftover here by the name of Mr. Joshua Hedley. He recently released his second album on New West Records called “Neon Blue”. As of this particular time here, I do not have the article written yet, I am still in the absorbing stages of the entire album. I will return here and embed the link in this article.
From the website:
Saturday, June 25th marks The Grand Opening of The Caverns Amphitheater and to celebrate Old Crow Medicine Show is having a proper Hootenanny! Recently announced, they’ll be joined by some exciting special guests; neon blue country artist Joshua Hedley, the swaggering new-age bluegrass outfit Town Mountain, and modern folk troubadour Willie Watson.
Not only will there be great music and great views at the base of the mountain, but we’ll also be hosting delicious food trucks and serving ice cold brews at our brand new concessions building.
Looking for a lodging option that won’t break the bank? Our on-site campground will be open! Come enjoy the show, spend a night under the beautiful Grundy County stars and wake up to this dreamscape!

CAVEFEST

Headliners Include Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band

2-Day Tickets for Inaugural Festival Go On Sale to the General Public on Friday, April 22nd. Apparently, this festival is going to be considered to be an annual event and they plans to have an annual event here. There are plenty of places to stay for the lodging and plenty of wonderful places to camp out for.

Stay tuned on this website for all the inside info on this event.

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On October 8th and 9thThe Caverns will present its own festival, CaveFest, featuring a curated line-up including headliners Sam BushLeftover SalmonInfamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band, plus artist-in-residence Lindsay Lou, on-site camping, cave tours, delicious food trucks, local vendors, and much more.

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“Fall is an absolutely gorgeous time to visit Tennessee, and that’s why we picked early October for our first CaveFest,” says The Caverns owner Todd Mayo. “With the addition of our new campground and full capacity outdoor amphitheater combined with our caves, we’re excited to welcome guests for a 2-day festival experience that only The Caverns can deliver.”

Scheduled for a holiday weekend, the inaugural festival will take full advantage of what The Caverns has to offer above and below ground. Main performances will take place at The Caverns Amphitheater with its ample space for blankets, chairs and dancing and surrounding views of the majestic Cumberland Plateau. The Caverns world-famous underground concert hall will host daily jam sessions, cave yoga, old-time square dancing, and more to-be-announced activities.

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CaveFest line-up includes: Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rising Appalachia, Jim Lauderdale, Kitchen Dwellers, The Lil Smokies, Sierra Hull, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Lindsay Lou, Larry Keel Experience, Volunteer String Band, Pressing Strings, Sicard Hollow, Kendall Street Company and Taylor Scott Band. Daily lineups to be announced at a later date.

In addition to Lindsay Lou’s performance slot with her full band, she will be staying at the festival and sitting in with other artists all weekend as the CaveFest “artist-in-residence.” The singer fRoots Magazine describes as “the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse” will be creating memorable collaborations by popping on stage for surprise collaborations to create magic CaveFest moments.

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Of course CaveFest will also feature cave tours and underground adventures. Guests will have two days to get deep and explore beneath the Earth’s surface. The Caverns will offer 60-minute walking tours through the otherworldly Big Room Cave that entwine the unique history of the area, geology and mythology of cave lore. For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, Adventure Cave Tours will be available to take guests beyond “Tombstone Pass” to see an underground river, a chamber of soda straw formations, and more.

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2-day tickets for CaveFest, which include camping, start at $99 and go on sale at 11a CT on Friday, April 22 here. Additionally, VIP 2-day tickets with camping and overnight packages will be offered. Pending availability, single day tickets will be released at a later date. $1 from every CaveFest ticket will go to the Sewanee Mountain Grotto to support their cave conservation efforts.