Free Camping
Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 08.13.19

    Muddy Roots Survival Guide

    This party ain’t for the weak. But we’ll fill you in on some tips to make it through the weekend like a Phoenix rising from the drunken ashes.

    We’ll add to this post over the next week.

    Tickets include free camping on 126 acres in the outskirts of Cookeville, Tennessee. That’s about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and then cut North towards the Kentucky border. You can almost smell the mountain shine distilleries in the air. We rent a private property known as the Junebug Ranch. It’s basically a biker rally property any other day. They let us do what we want so long a we don’t break anything. That means you can do things like bring your own beer. Hell, you can bring a handle to the stage and rock the hell out. You have freedom to enjoy yourselves BUT you’ll regret the decision to abuse that freedom. We have a fast track to throw folks on the street that act like a dick. Any and every person caught sneaking in or doing anything wrong will be hand delivered to some good-ol’-boy sheriffs and the judge ain’t in til Tuesday. Why did we start this conversation with that tone? Because our field is unlike any other and we want to protect that. We don’t allow people to disrespect each other and we don’t want a sterile corporate, boring ass event. We want you to come, have fun, be cool, and make it home safe. Now we’ll talk about the good stuff.

    Before we do anything we need to talk about tickets. You should buy yours right now by CLICKING HERE! If you want to arrive Thursday for the pre-party with Face to Face you will need an earlybird ticket plus a weekend pass. You absolutely can not get one day pass for that day. We have weekend passes which include Friday-Saturday-and Sunday for $170. Saturday and Sunday together as a 2 day pass is $150. Sunday only is $75. All tickets include free camping and free hot showers.

    Let’s start with things to pack. It’s always wise to prepare for wet or dry weather. It can rain and it can also be hot. Bring plenty of clean socks, sunscreen, gold bond, wet wipes, rainboots, more than one pair of shoes, tons of drinking water, stuff like that. Don’t bring more than one shirt, we’ll be selling you a ton of them. Many of our designs are printed just once for this event.

    Here’s address of the venue. It’s known as the Junebug Ranch and is located at 115 Waterloo Rd. Cookeville, TN. 38506. It’s technically past Cookeville in Overton County once you cross the bridge. It’s a biker owned property that they host their own motorcycle rallies on. Those folks get wild! There’s not much we can do to surprise them. We’re a different kind of party so keep your clothes on. They have very few rules for us so we like to pay that forward to yall.

    We come from Nashville which means we exit in Cookeville and drive out about 20-25 minutes heading North towards the Kentucky border. You’ll feel lost, especially at night. Use your GPS until you get close and then look for FESTIVAL signs with PBR logos on them. We don’t put our name on them because worthless pricks steal them and then people get lost. If you’re coming from the North it will put you on the same road from the opposite direction. Either way you’ll come to the entrance where there is an old vw bug outside that is painted with the words “Junebug Boogie” on the side. Pull in there and come in to the valley. The video above is the wicked fork in the road coming from Cookeville to the Junebug Ranch. Go straight at it, do not follow the main road veering right or you’ll end up in another state.

    Most folks that are flying travel to BNA Airport in Nashville. It is about 87 miles from the venue. You can rent cars there. There are Muddy Roots carpool groups on fb, ubers, taxis, and even a greyhound that gets you to Cookeville, TN.

    You may show up anytime after 3pm on Thursday August 29th. That’s not really an official day for us. We’ll still be getting the field ready. But we know many of you are coming from other countries and far states so we set up this pre-party while we work. Come in and set up camp before the big crowds hit. We’ve got a sick party with Face to Face, Tim Barry, and a handful of punk or roots punk bands.

    More coming soon.



    Here are a few pointers!

    One type of dog is legally protected and welcome at Muddy Roots. The other two will get your ticket revoked without a refund. Mostly because people fake it every year and the their dogs cause issue.

    Do not give me some low-res-internet-print-out-fake card from

    Service dogs in training only have legal access rights, in the state of Tennessee, when accompanied by a trainer from an accredited school and both dog and trainer are identified. Self trained Service Dogs in training do not have legal access rights.

    Service dogs are handler focused and attentive to their owners only. Any dog who causes a disturbance (outside of performing a direct task to mitigate a disability) can be (and should be) removed from the premises by management.

    p.s. I love dogs.

    People might be sleeping in the grass. DO NOT DRIVE IN GRASS AT NIGHT!

    Pace yourself, homie.

  • 07.29.19

    The Muddy Roots Movement

    Tribes, packs, flocks, clubs, bands, groups and hordes of individuals come together to make the Muddy Roots Music Festival happen. Corporate festivals couldn’t achieve this if they wanted because you can’t buy spirit. It’s our 10th anniversary of throwing ourselves in to the trenches for independent music. It’s because we love it. We live for it. And we deeply rely on it. This is not some investor backed, mega packed corporate event. This is all DIY. We all have day jobs and promote the concept of Proud Working Class.

    We aren’t trust fund babies. We aren’t business men trying to get rich off you. We are you. And all these folks recognize that. It creates a better, more authentic experience.

    Let me give you an example of why this is different than most festivals. It draws folks from around the world to support. I don’t mean we just sell tickets to people. I mean entire groups of people are making their way just to help. Especially other promoters and business owners. It’s about community and they know we want to help them grow too.

    8 of the Muddy Roots Europe crue are coming in from Belgium as reinforcements to help with the crowd swell in the field. These folks are of the most dedicated of the Muddy Roots family.

    Justin Boot, the promoter of the Trapper Creek Music Festival in Alaska is returning to provide and host the Open Mic stage. But this time he is bringing a truckload of friends to help us get our event greener. The Trapper Creek folks are going to set up recycling stations and will be sorting trash onsite. Please help us keep the field clean.

    Our pals at The Crying Wolf Bar in East Nashville are known for their big ass pool parties called “Splashville.” They’re hosting one the week prior to our festival and then are bringing the entire thing to our field! Big pools, lil pools, a 2 story slip n slide waterfall blowup thingy, a stage, and a photo wall. You bes’ believe you have to hose your ass down before you get in. We’re plopping it right down on vendor row.

    You ever been to Duke’s in East Nashville? Jason, your promoter DJs there every few months. He’s actually spinnin’ rekkidz at this bar Friday Aug 23rd. Stop by if you want your good time ruined. It’s a super diverse and not very fun dj set. Anywayyyyy, Duke’s is known for having a new person play records every night. Well, they’re packing up a couple van loads of DJs to come play records in the Duke’s Lounge Tent at Muddy. Think fans, nice and cool fans to sit in front of. Picnic benches and couches.

    Ryan Sweeney, the promoter of Sweet Time Fest has curated an entire stage for us. He wrangled 16 bands for us! And you’ll see a lot more of that next year. You should check out his festival the week prior to ours in Nashville. HERE.

    Oh these guys, yeah they’re Muddy Roots too. Not official staff but always on point when we need them. And they roll deep.

    There are so many more. It truly takes a community and we have that. Check back for more details.
    Here is the almost final lineup. Just going to add in the Duke’s DJs on the next one.
    Share it. Spread the Muddy Roots Gospel.
    Let the freaks, weirdos, uppers, downers, all-arounders know they are home in our field.

  • 06.19.19

    23 Festival & Event Announcements!

    We’re moving at lightning speeds and have too much info to send out to ya. We decided not to risk it to getting lost in algorithms on social media and are putting it all here. Plus, some of y’all like more than one of our events! Bands go on tour and announce their schedule. This is kind of a Jason Galaz tour of events across the U.S. and in Europe. More will be added down the line but this is your schedule for the next year.

    First, we should tell you that we added some new events. We’ve also lowered the cap on some others. The focus from this point forward is a better experience, not a bigger one. You’ll notice this most with the Nashville Boogie. We moved the date and capped it at 1000. This cuts off a couple thousand attendees. We’ll chat more about that below.

    There are a couple new events on our roster. Most of them cap at 500 tickets. Honestly, we want to have fun too! We’ve never started these events to get rich so we really don’t give a damn about getting y’uge.

    There are 22 music festivals and events to give you updates on. That includes lineup announcements, ticket info, and any changes.
    This will go in chronological order.

    Muddy Roots Europe Festival
    June 28-30, 2019
    8th Annual
    Waardamme, BE.

    A couple bands had to cancel. This is the most current lineup.
    Tickets include free camping and hot showers.
    You MUST have a ticket to enter the field. I say this because the music tent is fenced off but the event is the entire field.
    This place is the center of all things Muddy Roots on the European continent and is partnered with my good friend Nicky VanMoerbeke at the Cowboy Up Saloon.
    You can fly to Brussels, take a train to Brugges, and a bus to the property. It’s easy!

    Wine On The Rails
    Summer 2019
    July 27th
    10 hour round trip to a winery on a vintage train from the 1950’s.
    We enjoy wine tastings on the way to the DelMonaco Vineyards. A few bands go car to car on the way back to keep the party rolling!
    Must be 21 to even think about going.
    Wine On The Rails

    East Nashville Tomato Arts Fest
    Muddy Roots Stage
    August 10th, 2019
    11th & Russell near 5 Points
    We’ve had a booth or a stage at this event for 7 years now. OG EAST NASHVILLE, HOMIE.

    Mary Richards 10pm
    Ben Jarrell 12pm
    Todd Day Wait 2pm
    Open turntables 3pm


    Wine On The Rails
    5 hour roundtrip to the Lebanon Square and back
    Lunch at the Capitol Theatre
    Live music at the theater and aboard the train ride home.
    Tickets range from $55 to $135 and can be found HERE
    Capitol Theatre

    Muddy Roots Music Festival
    Aug 29-Sep 1, 2019
    10th Annual

    The schedule is being added to the website today. There are no conflicting time slots between stage 1 and 2. Stage 3 is on it’s own, yo.
    You can find that HERE.
    You can watch videos of each band playing HERE

    We’ve added some really cool stuff like a Reggae, Ska, Dancehall tent. A few soul DJs are being added to the roster as well.
    ska skinhead

    An indie film tent/ local craft beer tent, furnished with places to cool off with a cold beer will be playing films from our community.
    An updated roster will be posted. 2 immediate highlights will be on “When It Breaks” by Possessed By Paul James and Milk Products Media and “Negro Terror” by John Rash. You can find that one on Amazon Prime if you aren’t coming to the field.

    Pabst Blue Ribbon is planning a pop-up party during the weekend. I can’t tell you about that. You’ll know when you ee it or hear about it. They also sponsored Jason and Milton to paint a big ass wall in Nashville. You may recognize the gal from the series of posters we put on the interwebs illustrated by Adam “The Kid” from Kustom Thrills Tattoo. It was part of National Mural Day. We plan on painting in the field and presenting to yall when the gates open too!

    It’s important to know that your weekend passes are from Friday through Sunday. They do not include Thursday. We typically host a small pre-party while we finish wrapping up but this year it got cray cray. It’s an additional $15 online or $20 at the gate. THERE ARE NO DAY PASSES AVAILABLE EXCEPT SUNDAY.
    face to face

    Here’s the current lineup. You’ll see a few more people in the field though.
    Share it out! Designed by Olafh Ace from Muddy Roots Mexico

    Americana Roots, Whiskey & Wine Train
    A rolling music festival through the Tennessee countryside aboard a vintage passenger train from the 1950’s.
    We head up to the Carthage Junction in the Upper Cumberlands and back.
    Tennessee Whiskey, Wine, and Beer tastings will be distributed on the train.
    You must be 21 to even read this. No minors allowed on the train. We do have lunch boxes ready for ya though!
    Bands will be performing throughout the trip in different cars.

    First announced bands are Ben Jarrel, John R Miller, and Allen Thompson.

    About 240 tickets left for this wild ride.
    Tennessee Whiskey

    Live At Heart Newfoundland Conference
    Jason Galaz Keynote Speaker
    Fancy AF
    Sep 27-29, 2019
    live at heart conference
    Join me up at the edge of the world in Canada.
    No, seriously. They invite bands to apply. HERE IS THE LINK

    IBMA- World of Bluegrass
    Sep 24-29, 2019
    Power Merch/Merch Kitchen team for conference, amphitheater, and street festival. Total attendance 200,000+
    This time we get to work behind the scenes printing and selling merch for the events as well as the bands performing the Red Hat Amphitheater.

    Mudfolk Mexico 2019
    October 5th, 2019
    2nd annual event hosted by Olafh down in Mejico.
    Cash at door. Old school. Underground.

    Wine On The Rails
    Autumn Leaves 2019
    November 9th
    10 hour round trip to a winery on a vintage train from the 1950’s.
    We enjoy wine tastings on the way to the DelMonaco Vineyards. A few bands go car to car on the way back to keep the party rolling!
    Must be 21 to even think about going.
    Wine On The Rails

  • 05.16.19

    GZA Brings A Piece Of Wu-Tang To Muddy Roots

    GZA was originally booked for the 10th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival as a special guest to The Soul Rebels. They are no longer able to make it so GZA is now bringing his own band! This will be the very first full hip hop act booked in our field. I can’t think of anyone better than an original member of the Wu-Tang Clan! GZA a.k.a. The Genius is still set to perform Sunday evening. You can expect a set chock full of tracks from one of the most important records of East Coast Hip Hop, “LIQUID SWORDS!” Weekend and Sunday only passes are available at : Your text to link here…

    gza wutang
    You don’t understand what I’m saying, but you must choose.

  • 04.24.19

    AVAIL Reunion at Muddy Roots 2019

    You read that right. AVAIL is playing a reunion show at Muddy Roots!
    Many of you haven’t seen them in 2 decades. Well, you know how we get down in the field.
    Get your ass there!


    They headline one of the stages Friday Aug 30th, 2019. That means you need to purchase a full weekend ticket to see the show. No day passes are available.

    But wait, THERE’S MORE! Grab an add-on early arrival ticket and catch Tim Barry playing his solo set the night before. Face To Face, Dead Bronco, El Escapado, and Moonshine Wagon also play Thursday night.

    We’ve been announcing bands one at a time with an occasional full flyer posted. 2 current flyers have been posted. There is only one left to post. We have just a few bands left to announce.

    We will most definitely reach our max ticket count this year. Don’t be a foolio and be caught slippin’ with no ticket.

  • 04.22.19

    Omar Higgins of Negro Terror Dead At 37

    It took me a solid day to shake out of the shock on this one. I kind of hoped it was an elaborate hoax when I first heard it. That was just me in denial. Truth is, I never met Omar in person. But I dug his music, his personality, and his courage. We booked his band Negro Terror for the 10th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival based on what we saw and heard online. Negro Terror is an all black hard core band from Memphis that was gaining notoriety when they took a famous white power band’s song and made it their own. Now there’s a damn statement!

    negro terror memphis

    We chatted online a bit about how they did not want to miss the band Cock Sparrer coming in from the U.K. as they NEVER play the South. I even tried to get Negro Terror to come down to the Bunker so we could film a video of them playing in there as a secret show. I would’ve loved to press their music to vinyl. I just wanted to bring these dude’s in to the Muddy Roots family in anyway possible. Good folks who get down on stage.

    Unfortunately, that was about as far as we got in our conversations. There were posts just a week or so back about how he had flu-like symptoms and needed to go to the hospital. It turned out he had suffered a stroke and a staph infection. There was a GOFUNDME shared around to help with medical bills. We all know how damn hard it is to access treatment in this country. I believe this is now helping his family with funeral arrangements.

    omar higgins memphis

    Damn,he would’ve loved our field and yall would’ve love this band. It was a perfect fit.
    Let’s do something real nice in his memory while we are out there.
    This is also an opportunity to help his family through this. Click that link and send a few bucks.

    Dig the video

    Dig the documentary too


  • 03.05.19

    Muddy Roots Attendees Buy Waterloo Falls

    It’s been a long tradition of Muddy Roots Music Festival attendees to visit the local waterfalls and now 2 of them just bought it!
    Here’s the kicker, your promoter represented them as the buyer’s Realtor.
    We really are one big family!

    Warerloo Falls
    Photo by Wilde Company.

    Waterloo Falls is located about a half mile from the gates of the Junebug Ranch that we host the festival on. On sunny days you can see truck loads of attendees venturing away for a cool dip. The property has always been privately owned and remains that way, but by one of our own “muddies.”

    san diego alice
    Alice Weaver and Nathan Davey made the drive out from San Diego, California in 2018 to attend the 9th annual Muddy Roots Fest. It seems only in our field could you go on a cross country adventure to a festival and come back owning a waterfall. How cool is that? There have been mentions of an official shuttle to the falls from the Junebug as well as potential RV spots. We’ll update you as we see them develop the land. One thing is for sure though, they want to keep it as close as possible to what it is now. Just add in some space for folks to camp. These are good people!

    Listing agent was Skender Newton Realty
    Buyer’s agent was Jason Galaz at EXIT Realty Elite

    exit realty elite waterloo falls

    Do you want to own a Tennessee waterfall too? My office has another one for sale just a few towns over.
    gainesboro waterfall
    1963 Ranch home with a large pole barn on 104 acres. Hiking trails and 30 ft waterfall included. $399,500
    Click this link to see the listing

  • 12.20.18

    Lost Footage of 2011 Muddy Roots & It's Historical Relevance

    2011 was our 2nd year hosting music festivals. It was more of hillbilly-rock-n-roll-punk-rock-blues-bender-in-a-field. There were just about 700 of us in the field that year. We evolve each time but you can really see how we were back in the days. There was even a pinup pageant hosted by Sabina Kelley and a car show. Some of our stages were just a tent over some mud with a bail of hay. DIY til we die.

    We stumbled across this unfinished documentary hosted by Rebel Music TV. That was the year that Wanda Jackson played despite a massive flood in the tent. Good times.

    What we love most about this footage is the legendary Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose sharing a bit about his history and how his band influenced legends to come. He mentions how he thought his band was forgotten seeing as how it started in the 1930’s. Brother, not in our field. We recognize the roots and this band was the roots of both country and rockabilly. They were a high energy hillbilly boogie band that blew up from the 30’s to 50’s. The Maddox Brothers and Rose were before country music, pioneered the Bakersfield sound, and inspired Elvis to liven up his wardrobe.

    Check the footage here.

    It wasn’t too much longer that Don was back in Nashville at the opening of the Bakersfield Sound exhibit. We brought him back to play the Muddy Roots Music Festival once more as well as the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender. Don is well in to his 90’s now so we let him rest. But boy o’ boy are we grateful for his time at our events.

    Here’s a photo of Little Jimmy Dickens and Don Maddox hanging out on vendor row at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. They were right outside my camper despite the 90 degree weather. Jimmy even played in his fully rhinestoned suit. Toughest generation this country has seen!

    -Jason Galaz

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