Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 11.16.17

    Muddy Roots 2018 Is Stoopid Fresh!

    We’re always trying something new with our events. The 9th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival will follow tradition with new bands from neighboring music scenes as we always do. We tear down those genre lines. You can expect some pretty bad ass curve balls.

    We damn near chose a new spot for next year too! That day will indeed come as we would like to own our own property one day. But we haven’t reached that point yet. We have however renegotiated our agreement with the Junebug Ranch which is allowing us to party it up there for atleast one more year!

    Earlybird passes have already gone on sale. They are too cheap and you don’t deserve them. They’re also half sold out! You better get yours you stinky slacker!!

    WEEKEND PASSES W/ FREE CAMPING HERE

    ONSITE SLEEP SHACKS HERE

    Take a tour of the property with this video by Delane Chavez

    We’ve already selected most our bands for 2018 but haven’t reached out yet. We’ll be doing that soon. We can’t always get through our inbox but if interested in playing send an email to muddyrootsbooking@gmail.com That is the ONLY place to reach us about hiring you.

    We still have FREE showers. We still have FREE camping. You can still camp wherever you like except vendor row. We still don’t have RV hookups but you can still bring quiet generators. You can still bring your own booze. We will still have a literal truck load of Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3 a tall can. You still can’t bring your dogs, knives, glass bottles or fireworks. New rule: NO TRAIN KIDS. Our main rule is still, “DON’T BE A DICK

    Dude, we’re rockin’ dueling stages in 2018. When one ends the other will start. You’re fried bologna in this Southern sammich. You’ll just turn around and continue to rock out. We’re gonna overload ya.

    Here are a few pics from 2017 courtesy of Wilde Company.

    slim cessna

    Pinata Protest

    Muddy Roots crowd

    Muddy Wild Crowd

    Dylan Dorrell

    Muddy Mexico

    Muddy Folks

    katie

    muddy blues

    lincoln gangsta

    and don’t forget about our sweet azz waterfall.

    Waterloo Waterfall

  • 11.14.17

    Soundtrack of Tennessee feature in The Tennessean

    The Muddy Roots Music Festival was one of eight features as the “Soundtrack of Tennessee” in Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper. (USA Today)

    Read the full article and browse multiple photos in their gallery HERE!

    Putting down roots

    One hundred and twenty miles west is Cookeville’s June Bug Ranch, where the Muddy Roots Music Festival is held every Labor Day Weekend. (It’s actually 95)

    Muddy Roots, also a record label, is headquartered in Nashville’s Vinyl Bunker, a record shop filled with Cold War-era military surplus in the bottom floor of a parking garage near the Ryman Auditorium.

    Attendance is usually capped at just over 2,000, making it one of Tennessee’s most intimate music festivals, even with its 50-acre footprint, four stages and 100-plus performers.

    A lot of Muddy Roots devotees grew up listening to punk or metal before getting into country and roots music, said founder Jason Galaz, and the performers reflect that. Past lineups have included acts as different as bluegrass greats Del McCoury Band and sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins.

    It’s not unusual to see a headliner watching another band, or jam around a campfire until the wee hours. Said Galaz, “Nobody’s a rock star here, no matter how big they are.”

    “It’s the people who make Muddy Roots,” said Craig Aldridge, one of many who attend annually.
    Members of the band Tejon Street Corner Thieves pourBuy Photo
    Tennessean Muddy Roots 2017
    Members of the band Tejon Street Corner Thieves pour beer on fans at the 8th Annual Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tenn. on Sept. 3, 2017. Muddy Roots promotes everything from roots and blues to bluegrass and punk rock. (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

    We meet Joachim Vanderzeypen near a sign offering $25 tattoos. It’s his first time in Cookeville. First time in America, actually. He’s from Belgium. He went to Muddy Roots’ European festival and liked it so much he crossed an ocean to attend another one. Wearing socks emblazoned with the Tennessee tristar, Vanderzeypen gets “BLESS YOUR HEART” inked on his knee. He says his mother will think it’s a religious tattoo.

    -Juli Thanki

  • 11.02.17

    Channel 5 Wine On The Rails "Music City Must"

    We were excited to be invited by News Channel 5 to film a “Music City Must” segment recently. Join us as we board a vintage 1950’s train to the DelMonaco Vineyards on an all day wine tasting train excursion! Packages range from classic cars, hotsy totsy party cars, regal first class cars to exclusive 360 view dome seating cars. There are only 3 dates scheduled for 2018. MORE AT WWW.WINEONTHERAILS.COM

    View the Channel 5 News special here!

    Channel 5 Music City Must

  • 10.30.17

    Southern Gothic Campout

    We’re heading into witch infested woods. There will be wicked fires,tales of despair and songs of darkness.

    On the tenth and eleventh day in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen, you may find us at the home of the Bell Witch tale, Adam, Tennessee. It’s campfire season and we intend to enjoy it.

    This is not for the faint of heart.

    Red River Canoe
    8002 Old Hwy 41 N, Adams, TN 37010
    Nov 10-11, 2017
    Tickets online HERE or at the gate.

    Those Poor Bastards S 10:00 PM
    Sons of Perdition S 8:30 PM
    Vivita S 7:00 PM
    Whiskey Dick S 5:30 PM
    Reverend Red S 4:00 PM
    Noah Tyson S 4:00 PM

    Freight Train Rabbit Killer F 10:00 PM
    Viva Le Vox F 8:30 PM
    James Hunnicutt F 7:00 PM
    A Man Called Stu F 5:30 PM
    Brook Blanche F 4:30 PM

    Southern Gothic 2017

    We beg of you to make peace with your Lord before you come.

  • 10.06.17

    Wanda Jackson & The Music Valley Jamboree

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Wanda Jackson is set to headline the Music Valley Jamboree Friday November 3rd at the world famous Nashville Palace! Tickets are just $20 per day pre-sale and can be found HERE.

    This is a whole weekend full of rock n roll and country western fun! 12 bands and 4 DJs are performing the large parlor room, numerous bands perform the front room at no extra charge, there are vendors on site, there is an all day cruise-in on Saturday, and we finish off the weekend with a FREE record convention on Sunday!

    Music Valley version 3

    Hosted by internationally known radio dj James Riley!
    James Riley 2017

    Big Parlor Room Schedule aqui.

    Friday:

    3:30 pm DJ Col. Paco Chaos
    4:30pm Kyle Eldridge & The Rhythm Rounders
    6:30pm Billy Harlan
    7:30pm DJ Krazy Kat Daddy
    8:30pm The Cowpokes
    10:00pm Wanda Jackson
    11:00pm DJ Laura Palmer

    Saturday Lineup:

    12:00pm Jane Rose
    1:00pm Screamin’ Rebel Angels
    2:00pm Josh Hi-Fi & The Rhythm Kings
    3:00pm The Highjivers
    4:00pm DJ Juke Joint Jenni
    5:00pm TJ Mayes
    6:00pm DJ Laura Palmer
    7:00pm James Intveld
    8:30pm DJ Col. Paco Chaos
    9:30pm Bloodshot BILL
    11:00pm Hillbilly Casino
    12:00am DJ Krazy Kat Daddy

    Front room schedule:
    Friday:
    11:00am John England (solo)
    1:00pm Jay Bragg (duo)
    3:00pm The Nashville Palace Band
    7:30pm Celine Lee & Her Texas Three
    9:00pm Nathan Belt & The Buckles
    12:00am Chris Casello Trio
    1:30am Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley

    Saturday:
    11:00am John England (solo)
    1:00pm Jon Byrd & Byrd’s Auto Parts
    3:00pm Wendy Newcomer & The Good Old Timers
    7:30pm Stu Arkoff & Co.
    9:00pm Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
    1:00am Anthony Castagna Combo

    Saturday Car cruise-in (FREE) is 10am to 10pm. Park out front and to the side of the Palace. All oldies are welcome.
    car cruise in

    Record convention is Sunday 10am-5pm (FREE)
    record convetion nashville

    Children are welcome before 10pm both days. Must be supervised!

    Tickets are limited to room capacity.

    The word is out on this now that we literally painted a HUGE mural here in East Nashville to spread the rock n roll gospel!!

    wanda jackson wall mural

    Jamboree 2017

  • 08.27.17

    Muddy Roots Fest Survival Guide

    Welcome friends old and new!

    Can you believe it? What started as a small 300 person festival has spawned in to multiple boutique fests worldwide and a record label. It means there are more folks out there who love the music we love. That’s old country, bluegrass and blues all the way up to punk rock and everything in between.

    We thought we’d take this opportunity to inform new folks and remind returning attendees of the rules as well as some basic info.

    Looking for tickets to this festival? We have weekend and select day passes “HERE.”:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muddy-roots-music-festival-2017-tickets-27444768040

    There are a limited amount of 2018 hard copy (early bird) tickets available at the merch booth for $75. They go to $100 after that.

    Want to arrive onsite early? You can show up anytime after 2pm on Wednesday. It’s just $10 extra for the DIY pre-party at Junebug. You may only come to this if you have or are getting a weekend pass. The doors will open to the public for standard arrivals Thursday morning at sunrise. Enjoy the weekend. Come and go as you please. We go home Monday. It’s a sort of trickle out scenario so no rush to get off the property Monday morning.

    Let’s start now with rules. We have a saying at Muddy Roots which encompasses all the rules in to one, “DON’T BE A DICK” Seriously, we are all adults here. This is not some teenage house party. We all know how to act in public, when to stop drinking and not to touch things that aren’t ours. We are super laid back but will make a point to throw you out if you bother anyone. For legal reasons we are going clearly define some rules whether they be the venues or ours.
    1) You may not bring any weapons. This should be obvious. That includes your belt knife.
    2) Folks sneaking in aren’t funny. It’s theft and we will prosecute.
    3) Don’t touch things or people. You aren’t 6, we shouldn’t have to tell you that. Thankfully we haven’t had problems yet.
    4) NO FIREWORKS! Might as well call the cops yourself.
    5) NO PETS! Medical dogs with papers, tags, and a legit story are approved. Don’t try to bullshit us. We can tell you are lying. (I’m looking at you train kids.)
    6) Have fun. Stay up all night singing. But be courteous of people trying to sleep nearby.
    7) NO DRIVING IN THE GRASS AT NIGHT!! People sleep in it. We also have drainage ditches that people have driven in to.
    8) No minors without parental supervision. You will be asked to leave.
    9) You may not drive golf carts on the property. But we do have a golf cart taxi vendor that can haul you around.
    10)Drunk driving will get you arrested on and off the ranch.

    Muddy Roots Pool
    Bring your kiddie pool if ya like. The venue will fill it up for a small fee.

    Here are a few things that you MAY do.
    1) You can bring your own beer. Although the 2 bars onsite have super cheap beer. Them selling brews is how we are able to use the property. So buy one of those $3 tall PBRs!
    2) You may cook your own food. Although we have some rad food vendors.
    3) You may bring a kiddie pool and have the venue fill it for a small fee.
    4) You may stay stay up all night long at campfire jams, get drunk and be merry. Be mindful of your neighbors.
    5) You may park and camp anywhere except vendor row. But don’t drive your car in the grass at night. You never know where people are sleeping.
    6) You may have campfires. Be careful.
    7) You may come and go. Be sober when you do.
    8) You may come anytime after 2pm on Wednesday. The gates will not close until Monday morning.

    Del McCoury Muddy Roots
    Here are some helpful tips and basic info:

    1) Tickets for 2018 are available at the merch booth for only $75. Online goes to $100. Buy early to save.
    2) You can buy our merchandise and vinyl records from the merch tent and opt to have them shipped to your home. Just ask!
    3) Want to be a vendor next year. Ask Jason at the merch tent for an app.
    4) Want to advertise to our crowds. Also, Jason.
    5) Please drink water and moderate the booze. Dehydration can put you in the hospital.
    6) You will receive a trash bag upon entry. Please keep your campsite clean.
    7) The venue has the portapottie folks come by twice daily to clean the toilets but it wouldn’t hurt to have extra TP on person. Tip them!
    8) Baby wipes and Gold Bond are your friends.
    9) The venue sells beer cheap. Like $3 tall cans. Not festival pricing at all.
    10) We have a variety of vendors ranging from clothes to brisket chili. Get some.
    11) Be cool man. If you see the bands or famous folks walking around the crowd watching bands leave them alone. Say hi of course but let them check out the bands too. We all just want to enjoy ourselves. This is the beauty of Muddy Roots. There is no division between fans and bands.

    That’s mostly it. Just have a good time and look out for each other.

  • 08.25.17

    Remembering LC Ulmer at Muddy Roots

    LC Ulmer was a blues musician from another time. He had that old time sound you just don’t hear anymore. The youngest of 14 children on a plantation in Mississippi where folks like Jimmie Rodgers frequented. Wiki says Blind Roosevelt Graves was his earliest influence but I can remember him telling me old stories of having a guitar as a youngin and stories about his brothers. He did a whole lot of teachin’ himself. A voice and sound directly from that Southern ground.

    Ol’ LC was a hoot man. He had plenty of “old man wisdom” cracks like warning me about the dangers of eating black pepper. He had a beautiful heart and liked to share music. He’d charge you $6 an hour to learn how to play guitar. Good Lord man. $6 an hour to be taught by one of the original bluesman of the South? Pure gold. One time at the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Indiana a young teen boy took him up on that offer. His father drove him to the fest just to meet LC and he ended up with a porch blues lesson. Unreal. Kid’ll probably grow up to be a rock star.
    lc ulmer indiana

    He was a brother and one of our most revered Muddy Roots musicians. He is missed dearly. Luckily we got recordings of atleast one of his performances at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. We’d like to share that with you now.

    LC MUDDY ROOTS
    Photo by Moloich Photos.

  • 08.16.17

    Music Valley Jamboree 2017!

    We’re bringing the Music Valley Jamboree back and it’s only $20 a day! There was a time when we were the primary event planners of the Nashville Palace. As our schedule filled up and we slowly let it drift off. Well it’s time to get back to it!

    You’re going to get an intimate version of the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender with the Music Valley Jamboree. 2 days of rockabilly, country and western music with a free car cruise in and a free record show. All for just $20 a day! Pre-sale price of course. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

    This is a family friendly event up til 10pm. After that it is adults only in the Nashville Palace.

    Jamboree 2017

    Music Valley is a hot bed for country music history. Many of the Grand Ole Opry stars have been known to frequent the food joints here. Many have played the Nashville Palace including Webb Pierce, Randy Travis, Little Jimmy Dickens, pretty much anyone alive in the 1980’s. The Ernet Tubb Record shop was here for ages. It’s closed now but you can still peak in and see his tour bus in the old record shop in the back of the parking lot.
    ernest tubb shop

    The Texas Troubadour Theater has been hosting the Midnight Jamboree on WSM 650 am for over 70 years. Many of the greats have performed there. Not to be confused with our Music Valley Jamboree. They also host Cowboy Church with Roseanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s sister every Sunday morn.
    Troubadour

    There was an old Country Music Wax Museum next to the Nashville Palace. It closed aftert a major flood but you can still go see all the starts hand and foot prints in the concrete outside. We consider this a historical treasure!
    george strait museum

    Let’s talk about the cruise-in!
    It’s absolutely FREE to park your car and hang out at in the back lot behind the Palace. We’re working with Scoreboard’s to see about adding a band or two to their outdoor stage. Come in anytime between 10am and 10pm. Keep it old school. No new cars. Outdoor vendor spots are only $25 and can be reserved by emailing Jason at muddyrootsevents@gmail.com
    Voodoo Larry
    Photo by And How! Imaging.

    Do you dig old records? We’re also bringing back the Music Valley Record Convention! It’s Sunday from 10 am to 5pm and it absolutely FREE! www.recordconventions.com
    record convetion nashville

    Hey guess what? There are FREE bands in the front room every day 11am til 2am!! Just get on down here!
    nashvile palace front room

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

    Here are a list of hotels within walking distance.
    *Courtyard by Marriott at Opryland 125 Music City Circle Nashville, TN 37214 615-882-9133 www.marriott.com/bnaco

    *Days Inn Opryland 2460 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-0090 www.daysinnopryland.com

    *Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opryland- Nashville 211 Music City Circle Nashville, TN 37214 615-872-8939 www.marriott.com/bnaop

    Fiddler’s Inn 2410 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 Guest House Inn & Suites 2420 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 615-885-4030 www.guesthouseintl.com/hotels/musicvalley Hampton Inn & Suites 230 Rudy Circle Nashville, TN 37214 615-620-2500 www.nashvilleoprylandsuites.hamptoninn.com Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nashville- Opryland 2461 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37214 615-829-7777 www.hiexpress.com/opryland Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel 2401 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-0800 www.theinnatopryland.com Comfort Inn 2516 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-0086 www.comfortinnopryland.com

    We have a room capacity of 700 each day. DON’T WAIT TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

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