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!


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.


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.

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