Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 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!

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    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

  • 12.08.18

    Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes and JD McPherson added to B-52s show!

    Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, one of the most popular groups from the 1960s is joining us at the Boogie! Among the Ronettes’ most famous songs are “Be My Baby”, “Baby, I Love You”, “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up”, and “Walking in the Rain”, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Also performing is JD McPherson is known for a retro sound rooted in the rock and roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. McPherson’s band will be performing his early hits such as “Northside Gal” and “Firebug” as well new rockin’ songs.

    The headlining act of the evening will be new wave band, the B-52s!!

    They’ll all be closing out the festival in the Presidential Ballroom at the Opryland Resort at 9pm. Day passes are available for just this portion of the festival for just $50. Weekend passes get you 4 full days of bands, a car show, vintage vendors, a Mr. & Mrs. Nashville Boogie pageant, and a western fashion show for just $135. ANNDDDD, we got the resort to give us $269 dollar rooms for $159 a night. That’s rare in this “hot city.” Get all that HERE at NASHVILLEBOOGIE.COM
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  • 10.15.18

    The B-52s to Headline the Nashville Boogie!

    Y’all know the beehive sportin’ retro influenced band that rocked the world from lil ol’ Athens Georgia right? Well, they’re coming to party down with us at the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender May 26th, 2019. They’ll be closing out the festival in the Presidential Ballroom at the Opryland Resort at 9pm. We’ve got swell opening acts that are just as exciting yet to be announced. Day passes are available for just this portion of the festival for just $50. Weekend passes get you 4 full days of bands, a car show, vintage vendors, a Mr. & Mrs. Nashville Boogie pageant, burlesque, and a western fashion show for just $135. ANNDDDD, we got the resort to give us $269 dollar rooms for $159 a night. That’s rare in this “hot city.” Get all that HERE at NASHVILLEBOOGIE.COM

    You better know more than “Love Shack.”

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    Check out this rad footage of them in 1978 in Atlanta.

  • 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!

  • 07.05.18

    Muddy Roots Fest Seeks Visual Artists

    The Muddy Roots Music Festival is inviting visual artists to participate in the festivities this year! We’re known for constructing large banjos and placing them at our venues worldwide. That’s been the hard work of good friends with heart. We also paint murals all around town to promote the festival and sometimes just other artists we love. We do these ourselves.

    We’re open to all mediums and expressions. THINK BIG! It’d be cool to see large sculptures, paintings, and interactive pieces in our field. Maybe a wild boar with a banjo made out of wire? A giant horse & guitar made out of 2×4 wood? A woman’s face carved out tree trunks and covered in Christmas lights? The world is yours.

    Or maybe you want to paint a mural in your hometown? That’s cool too. We may sponsor it.

    Submit your proposal to muddyrootsevents@gmail.com by July 31st to be considered.
    Include your concept, sketches, budget, and all important information needed to complete the task.

    Be BOLD.


    20ft wall in East Nashville


    16 ft tall wooden banjo. Muddy Roots TN


    20 ft tall banjo made from old barn roofing. Muddy Roots TN.


    Hand painted, wooden Muddy Roots banjos in Brasil.


    Large Muddy Roots Europe banjo updated annually in Belgium.


    Wall in East Nashville.


    Wall at G’z BBQ in East Nashville.

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