Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 05.30.19

    No Mo Pinup Show

    We’ve been hosting pinup pageants for 5 years at the Boogie and a few more at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. But this most recent contest will be our last one. Atleast, for now. To be honest, it started to lose the fun. We used to have it as a talent contest which was super cool and silly. We deeply believe in empowerment and expression for all adult ages, race, creeds, body shapes, you name-its. Hosting an event like this without that at the core would feel a bit weird in these current times. Pinup is very much part of the rockabilly scene and we respect that. But we are going to focus our energy on other aspects of the festival. Y’all still show up dolled up if ya like! We just won’t make it a contest.

    I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Ms. Nashville Boogie 2019 winner, Miss Lulu Divine. She was an absolute joy to be around. You could feel her energy and enthusiasm leading up to the event. It was a close call as Nicole Nightingale was in 2nd and almost won the crown!

    There was some confusion about a tie-breaker that I’d like to clear up. We hand picked 5 judges so a tie was literally impossible. I purposely chose a diverse panel with a majority of women and different ethnicities to keep it fair. I think the panel got confused with the pressure of the time slot ending and the next band needing to get on. It ended up with a crowd cheer to decide the winner. I checked with the judges to see who they voted for. The crowd ended up picking the same person despite the confusion. But still, I apologize to Nicole Nightingale for the disorientation and error on the part of the event. It should never have gone to the crowd, that’s why we had 5 judges.

    We had 63 women participate in the contest online. We were honored that they were putting themselves out there and wanted to join us in Nashville. But the general feel of the event got a bit carried away. Some people started taking it too serious, some got shitty with other contestants, some got shitty with me, some got shitty with our host, there were vote fraud questions, some had people trying to bring up private issues in contestants pasts as if we would disqualify them for previous mistakes in life. It became a mess. That is not what our events are about. The few people that were doing that really started ruining it for me.

    And to be fair, I enjoyed the extra promotion from the facebook shares. It helped us get the word out on the event. But it was probably not the best way to go about it.

    But much love to all those that came, had fun, and made it fun!

    I want everyone to feel included at my events.

    I may lose money by having one less attraction at the festival but I don’t think we should continue with the way it is now. I’m not saying we won’t ever have a Ms. Nashville Boogie or Ms. Muddy Roots again. I’m saying it can only happen if it supports expression, community, and fun. It would need to be completely different. So for now, it’s gone.

    p.s. we moved the date and location. We shaved off a couple thosuand tickets. There are only 599 left for 2020.
    You can get yours here.

    We are also about to announce our Music Valley Jamboree which is an even smaller version of the Boogie in the Palace back room. Tickets on sale for that here

  • 05.22.19

    Nashville Boogie Survival Guide

    Welcome back to the 5th annual Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender! We sure hope you have a swell time this week and plan on returning in 2020. There are some pretty big announcements about that in the works. A very limited mount of discounted tickets for that will go on sale this weekend.

    We will keep this short and sweet with some bullet points and tips to get you through the weekend.

    If you’re in town today and looking for something to do, you can head out to the meet-ups at the Pearl Diver Bar and Duke’s. Both are in East Nashville just a few miles from the Boogie. Pearl is more exotic drink style and Duke’s will be a country-western dj night. No cover on either. 10pm to 2am.

    Thursday we will be setting up the vendor hall over at Opryland but y’all can’t some in yet. The party is over at the Nashville Palace. You can get your wristbands at the Nashville Palace starting Thursday. Wristbands are at the Palace all weekend. This is also where staff checks in with Delane. The front room has no cover charge and the back room is where the Boogie is. This is true all weekend.

    Friday the event explodes across 3 venues. The Hot Rod Boogie Car Show loads in at 8am and starts at 10am behind the Nashville Palace.That is a free event to the public. All car registrations go to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. There are bands inside the Scoreboard Grill during show hours. Butch Patrick a.k.a. Eddie Munster will have the 2 hot rods from the Munsters show on display as well. That ends at 4pm. Official bands play in the Nashville Palace backroom as well as the Presidential Lobby at the Opryland Resort. There is a pinup pageant, pool party, headlining acts, Luscious Ladies meet and greet, and a late night record hop at the Resort.

    Saturday is the exact same as Friday with the exception of adding a star studded Western Fashion Show to the Resort. Music will be going til the break of dawn!

    Sunday the record convention opens up at 10am in the backroom of the Palace and goes til 4pm. The backroom closes for 4 hours so we can set it back up for The Cowpokes and Nich Roulette’s Rockabilly Blowout. He has a huge list of special guests that are jumping up on stage

    SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY… We all head to the Opryland Resort for the grand finale show of the weekend. Doors open at 5:30 pm with
    5:30 PM DJ Col. Paco Chaos
    6:00 PM Lonesome Souls
    6:45 PM JD McPherson
    7:30 PM DJ Julea
    8:00 PM Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
    9:30 PM DJ Bloodshot Bill
    10:00 PM The B52s

    You can buy day passes or weekend passes which include all events on the schedule. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE RIGHT NOW

    Tickets are cheaper online

    Next year’s tickets go on sale Sunday. There will be a very limited amount at the discount rate.


    Children are welcome at all events but are not allowed in the bars after 10pm. That would be the Nashville Palace and the Scoreboard Grill. Those are 21+ after 10pm

    There are 17 restaurants at the Opryland Resort but everything is super pricey.

    The resort JUST opened their waterpark. You have to be staying at the hotel PLUS pay an additional fee to go.

    The Presidential Ballroom is in the blue carpet portion of the resort

    The Magnolia Ballroom is in the yellow/brown portion of the resort.

    They are right next to each other.

    The shuttle runs Thursday through Sunday 11am to 3:30 am. It picks up in front of the Nashville Palace and takes you to the Presidential Portico entrance of the resort. It is free to ride. There will be 2 of them circling at times. They may stop for breaks but otherwise should be running non-stop.

    The Resort has very expensive parking daily rates. There is FREE parking at the Nashville Palace and at the Opry Mills Mall. There is a walkway connecting the mall area to the resort.

    Although there are package stores nearby, you are 100% NOT ALLOWED TO BRING IN ALCOHOL TO THE NASHVILLE PALACE. It is super illegal and will get you thrown out by bar staff. You will lose your wristband. Respect the Nashville Palace and Scoreboard Grill. What you do in your hotel room is your business though.

    Ladies, bring flats. The campus between both venues is HUGE. Your feet will wear out.

    We have pool parties and it is going to be hot as hell all weekend.

    We will add more tips tomorrow.

  • 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…

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

  • 05.16.19

    Tennessee Whiskey & Wine Train 9/14

    Ride an original 1950’s steel streamliner train through the Upper Cumberland to Carthage Junction! We’ll be sampling local distilled whiskey and wine while aboard. Bands will be performing in each car on the way home. That’s when the party kicks in! Well get back to town around 5pm which will be just enough time to get to the AmericanaFest! We always love that event. Americana, Country, Blues, and Bluegrass pair well with Whiskey and Wine!

    We’ve been running vintage wine train excursions for 4 years now. It’s exciting to explore new options to our palette.
    Pics to those events can be found at or on facebook HERE

    Early bird tickets are on sale now at a discount HERE

    Initial brands to expect tastings of on the train are Tennessee Legend Distillery and Beachaven Winery. More whiskeys and bands announced soon!

    Tennessee Whiskey

  • 05.07.19

    Ms. Nashville Boogie 2019 Top Contestants

    Boy, oh boy, that was a wild ride! We laughed, we cried, we survived scandals and some of us earned digital scarlet letters.

    So, here’s the deal. 63 women joined in the online portion of the Ms. Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender contest. The goal was to share out the pics we uploaded to get as many likes on them which counted as votes. The top 20 earn free passes to the upcoming music festival. We originally planned for the top 10 to take the stage and compete. Well, we had a weird anomaly where a couple of the gals pics had some voting errors with fake profiles. Damn Russian bots!! The contestants contacted us immediately. Most the voted disappeared but a few stated on. We went through and removed these from the total counts but felt it still left room for error and didn’t want to create an unfair situation.

    In the interest of fairness and inclusion we have decided to make a Top 20 that get free passes and Top 15 that compete on stage. #16 – #20 should be ready to compete on stage in the event #1-#15 don’t show. There will be a photo opp with all the gals right before the event.
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    Sabina Kelley and King Dado are the hosts. Roy Varga, Ava Couture, Tammi Savoy, Sabina Kelley, and Chris Saint Clark are the judges.

    This is supposed to be light hearted and fun. But the internets has proven to be a jerk so we will change the way votes are counted in 2020.
    We are also adding in a “Sportsman’s-Like-Conduct” rule to disqualify anyone being rude to other contestants.

    Reach out to Jason Galaz at for your tickets.
    Reserve your rooms now at for only $154 night!

    Bonnie Belair
    Nicole Nightingale
    Dandy D’Lish
    Kitty Von Braun
    Cindy S Fontaine
    Miss Lulu Devine
    Naty Karlof
    Stacks Cadillac
    Tallulah Lane
    Malace Mae
    Miss Mia
    Birdy Mercury
    Milly Michelle
    Toshia Cloud

    Spookie Susie
    AJ Diamonds
    Banjobones Mama
    Flora Foxwell
    Christini Martini

  • 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!

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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


  • 03.14.19

    Get Paid To Go To Car Shows

    We’re looking for folks to pass out flyers at car shows in the South and some larger shows across the whole midwest. Heading to a show and want to make a few bucks? Just want to support the cause? We’ll pay you anyway. We appreciate our street teamin’ friends!

    Pay ranges from $20 to $200 depending on the gig.

    We’re promoting the 5th annual Hot Rod Boogie Car Show. This is a fun 2 day outdoor car show behind the Nashville Palace in Music Valley. The show itself is FREE to the public. It’s $25 to register a car, bike, or truck. All of that money will be donated to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. They are an incredibly generous hospital funded by contributions and donations.

    We’ll have vendors and bands right there with you! No extra charge to watch the car show bands. You’d be crazy to miss out on this fun. New cars will show up each day.
    We’d like your help getting the word out. Please contact Tina West at if we can mail you a box of flyers and posters to distribute at a car show near you.

    We are looking for shows within 200 miles of Nashville. If it’s a bigger show that is outside of that range we will still flyer it.
    Thank you in advance!
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    Here’s the extra cool part. The car show is actually part of a bigger festival called the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender. We’re talking dozens of bands, a western fashion show, a pinup pageant, a huge vintage vendor market, record hops, a record convention and a pool party. That’s $135 for the weekend or $50 a day. If you’re onsite and decide to extend the party you’ll be able to grab a day pass. We also have discounted rooms at the Opryland Resort. All that information is at

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