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Bluegrass Underground - NEW SEASON!!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
October 1 – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Leaving behind the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, DC, Frank Solivan (also a master chef) quickly earned a reputation as a monster mandolinist and turned his band, Dirty Kitchen, into the DC-area’s hottest acoustic act. With a sturdy matrix of bluegrass veined with jazz, blues, country and jam band, Solivan and Dirty Kitchen deliver on their main rule: “No filler.”
October 8 – Hurray for the Riff Raff
Raised in the Bronx by her aunt Nereida, Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra developed her eye for life as a young teenage punk hopping freight trains across America before settling in sultry New Orleans. As NPR rightly put it, "Segarra's morning-after alto might be the least showy great voice to hit the national scene." Call it folk-blues, call it Americana, call it what you will, but Hurray for the Riff Raff promises to turn the Volcano Room into the French Quarter with a high-energy, funky, folky N’Awlins groove.
October 15 – Mac McAnally
Mac McAnally’s amazing career: Grammy winner, eight-time CMA Musician of the Year, soulful singer, Top Ten hit songwriter, Muscle Shoals session musician, chart-topping record producer, composer and lead guitar slinger for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. This Mississippi-raised musical force of nature enjoys a deep and broad following of fans devoted to the art of the song.
October 22 – JJ Grey & MoFro
Described as a mash-up of jam band, blues, funk, soul and Southern rock, JJ Grey’s songs reflect the steaming region around Jacksonville, Florida, where he was raised. Grey’s influences include such widely diverse Southern artists as country icon Jim Reeves, rock greats Lynyrd Skynyrd and Memphis soul man Otis Redding, as well as NYC hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.
October 29 – The Cox Family
One of the finest vocal trios in bluegrass and trad-country ever to call the state of Louisiana home, Suzanne, Evelyn and Sidney Cox returned to the national music scene a few months ago with their first album in almost 20 years, the critically-acclaimed Gone Like the Cotton. The Grammy-winning Cox Family contributed several songs to the Grammy- and Oscar-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? film/soundtrack, the best-selling roots music album of all time.
The Contenders – 16 for ’16
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.
October 4 – Hart/Jackson: The Visionaries
Examine the stories of the charismatic Sen. Hart and Rev. Jackson, forward-leaning aspirants determined to tackle the biggest foreign policy and domestic issues of the day. Equal parts brain and brawn, both were ready to upend American politics.
October 11 – Goldwater/Reagan: The Conservatives
Follow the political career of Barry Goldwater, whose conservatism ultimately sowed the seeds of Ronald Reagan’s entry into politics. Though they lost their presidential bids in ’64 and ’76, these influential Republicans, it’s said, won the future.
October 18 – Perot/Nader: The Independents
Follow the third-party campaigns of H. Ross Perot, who in 1992 launched his campaign on a lark during a TV interview, and Ralph Nader, a consumer advocate whose candidacy in 2000 may have changed the course of history.
October 25 – Ferraro/Palin: The Trailblazers
Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage in 1984 as the first woman on a major party presidential ticket. In 2008, Sarah Palin added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign. See how both women fought to break the glass ceiling.
Downton Abbey, Season One on Masterpiece
Thursdays at 7:00pm
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course.
Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece
Sundays at 8:00pm
Keeley Hawes stars as a widow who transplants her four unruly children from Britain to sun-drenched Corfu in 1935. Based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical trilogy, the series was lauded as “completely satisfying” when it aired in the UK.
October 16 – episode 1
Louisa Durrell and her four headstrong children, ages 11 to 21, arrive penniless on the bucolic Greek island of Corfu in 1935. They soon fall in with the locals and a menagerie of animals.
October 23 – episode 2
At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table. Larry bites the bullet and goes hunting—bad idea. Meanwhile, Margo, Leslie and Gerry pursue their various love interests.
October 30 – episode 3
Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background. Leslie suffers the pangs of heartbreak. Louisa has another go with Sven. And Margo takes a stab at the medical profession.