Skyville Live, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, ‘Bluegrass Underground’ Earn Regional Emmy Awards

Pictured (L-R): Jim Yockey, Todd Jarrell, Steve Schweidel, and Todd Mayo. Photo: Tommy Lawson

Several music-related programs were honored during the Regional Emmy Awards, which were held Jan. 21 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Bluegrass Underground earned several Emmys, in the Entertainment, Technical, Director/Program, Lighting, and Audio categories. The monthly musical event is hosted at Cumberland Caverns, and began airing nationally on PBS in 2011.

Skyville Live won two honors in the Audio and Director/Program categories.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the TV Academy,” said Skyville Live creator Wally Wilson. “We will continue to bring nights of can’t-miss moments! Expect more fantastic entertainers to be announced soon.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s PBS special, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends-Fifty Years, Circlin’ Back! earned a Midsouth Regional Emmy for Special Event Coverage. Produced for PBS by Todd Jarrell, Todd Mayo, Steve Schweidel, and directed by James Yockey, Circlin’ Back ran nationwide in conjunction with a PBS pledge drive in March 2016.

The band’s project was recorded live at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and early Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson, while a sold-out crowd sings along in the background.

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