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Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 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!

    AVAIL BAND

    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!

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    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.

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    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

    Respect.

  • 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.”

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    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 www.findahomeintn.com


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  • 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

  • 12.12.18

    Orange Goblin's Last Show At Muddy Roots?

    The Heavy Metal band Orange Goblin from the U.K. has been hitting it hard since 1995 but that all may be coming to an end. Upon announcing their upcoming show at the Muddy Roots Music Festival they also mentioned that it might be one of their very last shows as a band in the U.S. Don’t wait around for another tour cuz it might not happen. Get your tickets HERE!

    orange goblin

    Life is short folks. Don’t let it pass ya.

  • 12.10.18

    Muddy Roots 2019 First Bands Announced!

    Cock Sparrer, The DAMNED, MC50, John Garcia & The Band of Gold w/ Nick Oliveri (Both formerly of Kyuss,) OFF!, FEAR, The Adicts, The Soul Rebels w special guest GZA, Weedeater, Hank Von Hell, The Dwarves, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Fishbone, The Queers, Orange Goblin, Possessed By Paul James, The Goddamn Gallows, Koffin Kats, The Mudfits, The Calamity Cubes!, James Hunnicutt, Black Venus, The Urban Pioneers, Bridge City Sinners, The Hillbilly Casino, Nick Oliveri’s Death Acoustic, Sierra Ferrell, Black Eyed Vermillion, Gallows Bound, Heavy Temple, Viva Le Vox, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Black Irish Texas, Nancarrow, Black Tarpoon, Imperial Rooster, and The Rsging Nathans.

    TICKETS HERE

    SPOTIFY LINK

    VIDEOS OF ALL PERFORMING BANDS

    The 10th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival is Aug 30- Sep 1, 2019 in Cookeville, TN. Camping is FREE. Showers are FREE. Tall can PBR is $3. You can BYOB. Tons of food vendors onsite but you can cookout at camp. Kids are ok ONLY with adult supervision at ALL times.

    Come out and have fun. Don’t be a dick to folks and you’ll have a good time

  • 08.22.18

    Third Man Records at Muddy Roots

    Third Man Records is rolling deep with their posse to the Muddy Roots Music Festival! They’re literally driving their rolling record shop to the fest grounds to slang some vinyl. That includes a fresh release from SLEEP available next week who just so happens to be headlining this rad event.

    Two versions of SLEEP 12” come out. The colored one is very limited and they’ll keep back to over-the-counter only. So you better be there to score one!

    But wait one minute, that’s NOT THE ONLY THIRD MAN BAND playing Muddy Roots!!

    Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds are rad as hell. They stand on their own but it sure the hell makes it even cooler knowing Kid Congo Powers played in The Cramps, Nick Cave’s Band, and the Gun Club.

    You know those dudes from Ranch Ghost?
    They’re pals from the TMR crew too.

    Grab a ticket for the festival HERE!
    It includes free camping, free showers, and byob is ok.

  • 07.23.18

    Muddy Roots Fest Schedule 2018

    Welcome to the first official day of the Muddy Roots Music Festival! Many arrive the day before for the pre-party. The gates stay open 24 hours a day all weekend long. You may come and go as you please. Your weekend pass is good for today through Monday morning and includes FREE camping. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE OFF.

    TICKETS HERE

    MORE INFO HERE

    ONLINE PROGRAM HERE

    There are 3 official stages. Open mic stages also pop up occasionally throughout the event.
    THURSDAY

    3:00 PM ToeKnee Tea
    4:00 PM Gunsafe
    5:00 PM Black TarPoon
    6:00 PM The Pine Hill Haints
    7:00 PM Moonshine Wagon (Spain)
    8:00 PM Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
    9:00 PM Freight Train Rabbit Killer
    10:00 PM Viva Le Vox
    11:00 PM Hillbilly Casino
    12:00 AM Reverend Beat-Man (official) & Izobel García
    1:00 AM The Mudfits

    Friday is the hump day of the fest but the first day that the crowd will swell. Most folks are onsite and settled in by Friday morning. The gates are open 24 hours a day. Your weekend pass or Fri-Sat-Sun pass will get you onsite. Camping is FREE with your ticket. There are no day passes as we don’t fence off camping areas from the stages.

    FRIDAY
    1:30 PM Kitty Dearing & The DagNabbits
    2:00 PM Rebecca Jed
    3:00 PM Heavy Temple
    3:30 PM Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley
    4:00 PM Blackgrass Gospel
    5:00 PM Raelyn Nelson Band
    5:30 PM Scott Kelly (Neurosis) & John Judkins (Rwake)
    6:00 PM Everymen
    7:00 PM Call Me Bronco
    7:30 PM Kings of the F**king Sea
    8:00 PM Wovenhand (official)
    9:00 PM Fu Manchu
    9:30 PM Rock Bottom String Band
    10:00 PM Mondo Generator
    11:00 PM Sleep
    12:30 AM JAMES HUNNICUTT
    1:00 AM Brea Burns and the Boleros

    Things are getting pretty wicked on Saturday. Almost everyone has been partying for a few days now but some folks still arrive on Saturday. The gates are open 24 hours a day. Your weekend pass or Sat-Sun pass includes camping through Monday morning.

    PACE YOURSELVES

    SATURDAY
    12:00 PM Blue Cactus
    1:00 PM Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
    1:30 PM Midnight Larks
    2:00 PM Pinata Protest
    3:00 PM The Maness Brothers
    3:30 PM Mudtown
    4:00 PM The Goddamn Gallows
    5:00 PM Stump Tail Dolly
    5:30 PM Rachel Kate
    6:00 PM Murphy’s Law
    7:00 PM Oxbow
    7:30 PM Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
    8:00 PM Reagan Youth
    9:00 PM OM
    9:30 PM Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds
    10:00 PM T.S.O.L..
    11:00 PM High On Fire
    12:30 AM Those Poor Bastards
    1:00 AM Neurosis

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    If you survived the other days at Muddy Roots then Sunday will surely finish you off. Day passes are available for this day only and include FREE camping. We all pack up and head out Monday morning. Throw your damn trash AWAY on your way out you slobby bastards. This ain’t no corpo fest.

    1:00 PM Ranch Ghost
    1:30 PM Smoky White Devils
    2:00 PM Grassfed
    3:00 PM Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
    3:30 PM The Tillers
    4:00 PM The Dexateens & Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
    5:00 PM Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners
    5:30 PM Joshua Black Wilkins music
    6:00 PM DBUK
    7:00 PM Dead Boys
    7:30 PM Left Lane Cruiser
    8:00 PM L.A. WITCH
    9:00 PM Meat Puppets
    9:30 PM Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band
    10:00 PM Cutthroat Shamrock
    11:00 PM X (the band)
    12:30 AM The Ghost Wolves
    1:00 AM The Calamity Cubes!

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