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Ben Sollee with Woody Pines in McMinnville on 06/27/15

Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee set to play at the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground live from the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns

Ben’s music can be heard in film and on TV. Shows like ABC’s Parenthood and HBO’s Weeds have placed songs. In 2013, Ben was invited by director Mark Steven Johnson to write a song for the film Killing Season starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro. 2014 is Ben’s second year performing with the North Carolina Dance Theater in Dangerous Liaisons, a play with music written by Ben Sollee.

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Opening Act: Woody Pines

No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78”s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woody Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

Recently signed by Nashville’s Muddy Roots Records, they will have a brand new album to promote in 2015, produced by Grammy-winner Mitch Dane and Mixed by Vance Powell, renowned as one of the best from studio work with the likes of Jack White, JD McPherson, Seasick Steve and Beck.



The Annie Moses Band in McMinnville on 07/19/15

The Annie Moses Band brings their distinctive style of music to the Emmy Award winning Bluegrass Underground live from the Volcano Room at Cumberland Cavers

A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship.

The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship.

The Band’s innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world – in record breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The members of the Band are also family. Veteran composer, Bill Wolaver, weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making.
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The Volunteer String Band in McMinnville on 08/22/15

The Volunteer String Band is fronted by one of the most singular vocalists in music today, Travis Stinson.

The VSB has been a staple of the Music City scene for over 15 years and can be heard everywhere from Nashville’s famous Lower Broadway, to the cavernous depths of Bluegrass Underground, to the barn stage of Music City Roots, and even the tent stages of Bonnaroo.

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Opening Act: Jimbo Darville & The Truckadors

While the Truckadours’ music is originally derived from truckin’ roots of “raw” ol’ time country and bluegrassy songs along with the outlaw sounds of the 70’s & 80’s, they have certainly taken it to a whole different level! Jimbo Darville & the Truckadours are truly one of very few bands (if not the only one) that write and play “subject specific” music versus “genre specific” songs/styles. In other words, they encompass a variety of musical flavors while maintaining a constant thread…truck drivin’! That’s not to suggest that they roll out an eclectic mish-mash of tunes… it all certainly ties together as they’re pickin’ & grinnin’ about the trials and tribulations of a driver, his rig, truckstops & cafes, smokey bears, & women across the land! They certainly center off more traditional grass-roots sound with original songs like Highway is My Home and Thank God for this C.B., and also encompass a grittier outlaw sound with Anything Leavin’ Town andTruck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun. But their rock backgrounds really shine with originals like Toll Booth Blues and Bad Ride Suicide. If you can’t find a Truckadour song you like, then you just ain’t ‘merican!!!


Lonesome River Band with Old Salt Union in McMinnville on 09/05/15

Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse line up of award-winning players including vocalist and songwriter Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals.


Opening Act: Old Salt Union

old-salt-rooftopOld Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete rebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw inspiration from Bill Evans, Danny Elfman, Punch Brothers, and many more talented musicians. What makes Old Salt Union so special is their ability to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, a catchy hook, and an uncanny pop sensibility. They truly are a new generation of bluegrass in the industry.


Taarka with Front Country in McMinnville on 09/26/15



Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep Americana and gypsyjazz string band music!” Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) Taarka fills out its unique sound with impeccable guitarist Ross Martin and bass powerhouse Sam Grisman on their upcoming release “Making Track Home.”


Opening Act: Front Country

Front Country, formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent. Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012, they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013 lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album “Americana.”


Ray Wylie Hubbard in McMinnville on 10/03/15

Ray Wylie Hubbard

When it comes to down ’n’ dirty roots ’n’ roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012’s acclaimed The Grifter’s Hymnal and his first ever appearance on the Late Show With David
Letterman (“I didn’t want to peak too soon,” quips Hubbard, 68), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian’s Misfortune — his 16th album (and third on his own Bordello Records, via Thirty Tigers) — due out April 7, 2015.

From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That’s when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues, a form he’d admired but steered clear of for decades, thinking its mysteries were beyond his grasp as a basic chord strummer.


Family Day at Cumberland Caverns reconnects families

Reconnect with your family while exploring miles of underground passageways during Cumberland Caverns’ Family Day, every Saturday

Cumberland Caverns Family Days

Cumberland Caverns Family Days

Are you looking for a new and exciting family activity? Do you want to make some special family memories? Take one afternoon and trade in your phones and tablets for flashlights and hard hats. Our all-new Family Day offers an affordable, exciting adventure the whole family will love.

At Cumberland Caverns, the forecast is always the same, a pleasant 56 degrees and no chance of rain (or snow)! We offer two great activities on Saturdays for groups of all ages and interest levels. Choose your underground tour and start making some unforgettable family memories today!

Easy Breezy

The Daily Walking Tour departs every hour on the hour. It is the perfect casual family activity to get you out of the house and creating special memories together. See stalagmites and stalactites, a historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Down and Dirty

Adventurous families will love our Rocky Topper Tour. It departs at 1 p.m. CST. It’s an underground adventure with muddy passages, tight squeezes and cave crawling! Also, your kids will love our world-famous “Ladders in the Caverns.”

During Cumberland Caverns‘ Family Day, kids and adults of all ages can experience America’s Greatest Spelunking Adventure. Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with your loved ones!

Located less than 10 miles from McMinnville, Tn., Cumberland Caverns is a U.S. National Landmark.