Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 06.12.17

    Muddy Roots Europe: 6 Years Strong

    7 years ago we our beacon signal was received deep in the heart of Europe. Muddy transmissions were sent from Nashville, Tennessee seeking out Muddy Roots family worldwide. Outside Brugge,Belgium is a gem known as Cowboy Up -American Steakhouse & Saloon. Their return signal spoke of a Muddy Roots stronghold and that inaugural passage was safe. Within a year the Muddy Roots banjo was erected and an entire Muddy Roots scene began to connect, grow and explode. There are now dozens of similar events and venues across both continents.

    mre banjo

    We are proud to return to the Cowboy Up Saloon in Waardamme, Belgium for the 6th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival! Each year the family grows and new bands as well as fans attend. Can’t make it? Tune in all weekend at BILLYBOP

    90 Euro Weekend or 40 Euro day passes are available HERE.

    Hard Copy tickets are available at the Cowboy Up Saloon located at:

    You may also purchase them by email up til June 18th to pay by bank by emailing Nicky VanMoerbeke at

    MRE 17 FINAL

    Now that you have tickets, let’s get you there! Here are some helpful tips from the venue.

    Best way to enter or come to Cowboy Up Waardamme is with public transport.

    From UK : take fast train too Lille Flandres true Eurotunnel. Then Intercity train to Brugge. At trainstation in Brugge (Bruges) you can take bus Line 21 towards Tielt. Stops 200m past MRE. (Stop is called Waardamme-Lariksdreef)

    From USA or Canada : take plane to Brussels Airport. Then take InterCity train to Brugge. At trainstation in Brugge (Bruges) you can take bus Line 21 towards Tielt. Stops 200m past MRE. (Stop is called Waardamme-Lariksdreef)

    Take plane to Charleroi Airport. Then take intercity train to Brugge. At trainstation in Brugge (Bruges) you can take bus line 21 towards Tielt. Stops 200m past MRE. (Stop is called Waardamme-Lariksdreef)

    From Europe: Is best with train to Brugge (Bruges) or with car to trainstation in Brugge. Large parkinglot for youre car. Take bus line 21 towards Tielt. Stops 200m past MRE. (Stop is called Waardamme-Lariksdreef)

    Booking train ticket or see schedule is possible HERE!
    For more info or hotel lodging and help desk? Click HERE !!!
    Maybe you don’t want to camp but you also don’t want to leave the party to taxi to a hotel? You can rent a room in this sleep trailer in the Muddy Roots FEMA camp.
    Just email Nicky Van Moerbeke at as there are only 4 beds left.
    fema camp

    We have some exciting news to tell ya. We got our Belgian based online store up and running! Here you’ll find copies of our records, CDs and shirts that can be shipped from right here at Cowboy Up in Belgium.

    All your Muddy Roots Euro merch can be found HERE!

    Living in the US? All our American Muddy Roots merch can be found HERE!

    We’ll add new product through out the year and especially after each Muddy Roots Europe event.

    Let’s talk about the pre-party! I am flying in Early to be with you at the Cowboy Up Saloon to party with Muddy Roots Record artists Pat Reedy Saturday June 17th! This is some straight up honky tonk music. His first album has a strong Louisiana Honky Tonk vibe while the new record we are recording now is more of an East Nashville sound.
    You can listen to him on all internet platforms including ITUNES HERE!

    Just a few days later we start loading in the field for the 6th annual Muddy Roots Europe Music Festival! Kick off that chip on your shoulder, take off those work boots and forget about your troubles for it’s time to let loos in our field. Celebrate life the Muddy Roots way.

    Camping is free. Hot showers are free. Toilets are free.

    Print out the schedule so you don’t have to remember through a blurry belgian beer cloud of when to be at the stage. Or just stay at the stage until it’s time to sleep. East beer for dinner. It’s delicious.
    mre 2017 schedule

    There are food and fresh fruit vendors from local farms as always.
    TONS OF BEER IN THE TENT. Get your drink cards all weekend.

    And just a few days after the festival we party one last time for Nicky’s birthday and our friends Hillbilly Casino from Nashville!
    hillbilly casino

    Many thanks goes to our hosts at Nicky and Loortje plus the entire Cowboy Up/Muddy Roots Europe family. They work real hard all year long so that we may party this weekend.
    They make their living by supplying us food and drink all weekend. Let’s show some appreciation back for all of their hard work.

    nicky vanmoerbeke working

  • 05.02.17

    Nashville Boogie Survival Guide (2017)

    Everything you need to survive the 2017 Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender & Car Show plus FREE downloads!

    Before we get started we want to let you know that hotel rooms and earlybird tickets for 2018 just went on sale. We know there is a ton of chatter out there about folks planning to be in Nashville for the 2018 Boogie. We’ve made it easy for you to plan by reserving today HERE!
    The first 26 Bands and DJs have been announced for 2018! They’ve committed to Nashville and so should you.
    Boogie 18 first 26

    The 2018 Facebook event link is HERE to stay up to date with posts.

    We should mention that there are still rooms available at the beautiful Opryland Resort Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just ask for the Nashville Boogie discount! They are $152 which is almost half price. Fancy resort living on a Holiday Inn budget.

    Join our facebook group to post your post questions, pictures or any Boogie related things HERE!

    I painted a mural in East Nashville next to Ellie Monster’s Western Shop. Tag us if you take a pic in front of it.
    #nashvilleboogie @nashville_boogie
    East Nashville Mural

    Getting in town early? Meet us at the Pre-Party at one of Nashville’s oldest bowling alleys Wednesday night! The Donelson Bowl was built in 1959 and has been open since. $10 gets you in the door. There are DJs, bowling and shoe rentals included in price. Lanes are “first come” but be mindful and share. Music City Wienery will be out front with all your hot rods and classic cars. Pay at door. 6pm-10pm
    Donelson Bowl

    Thursday you can pick your wristband up at the Nashville Palace where the event kicks off. Ticket booth open all day and night here.
    Nashville Palace car

    If you are a vendor or are loading in the car show you will be able to grab your wristband as you load in on Thursday. You will be receiving a load-in email tomorrow with a map and details. In short, You’ll be loading in 11-5pm at the Ryman Hall around back and to the left of the resort. You’ll pass the Magnolia lobby.
    Nashville Car Show

    Thursday’s entertainment:
    Thursday Boogie

    Starting Friday morning you can pick up wristbands at the Opryland Resort in the Tennessee Ballroom Lobby and at the Ryman Hall Car Show area. The ticket booths stay open the whole time bands are playing. Here is a pic of the TN Ballroom Lobby although they have since changed it to a modern brown carpet.
    Tennessee Lobby Opryland

    Friday we kick in to high gear! The indoor car show opens at 10:00 am in the Ryman Hall of the Opryland Hotel. If you are indoors you’ll just go downstairs from the Magnolia Center/Tennessee Ballroom to the 200,000 sq ft car show. This includes the vendor market and the Ryman Stage. This portion of the show is included in your day or weekend pass as all events are but is also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR JUST $5. Next year it is $10. It’s our way of filling that hall with guests to shop the market and check out the cool cars so that next time they come back as weekend attendees. Car show is open 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday. We are totally NOT supposed to tell you that there is FREE parking at the mall next door just outside the Delta area of the Hotel. So we won’t.

    Nashville Billboard

    Inside that car show are bands playing and a pinup contest for the ladies that want to be Ms. Nashville Boogie 2017. Ms. Bonnie Valentine was Ms. Nashville Boogie 2016 and was published in Car Kulture Deluxe along with the car the won Best Pick. This year the winner will take home $300, will have an onsite photoshoot with Roy Varga, will take home some Bettie Page Wine and will be published in Grease Inc. Magazine!
    Car Kulture Deluxe Bonnie

    Bettie Page Rum

    Grease Inc Magazine

    You don’t need a festival pass to get in the car show area. It’s just $5 to the public to get in.
    Nashville Car Show Good Guys

    The bands in the car show area will require a festival weekend or day pass after 4pm.

    SO now that we’ve talked about the Ryman Hall let’s touch on the Ballroom stage. This is considered our “Main Stage” for traditional rockabilly while the Ryman can be more heavy rockin’ at times. This room becomes a huge record hop til 4:00am Friday and Saturday nights. You will need a day or weekend wristband to attend any of the shows in this room.
    Sundel Perry Photography
    Dance lessons are included in your weekender or day pass. Friday it’s in the Ballroom at Opryland and Saturday it is over at the Nashville Palace.
    Jive Lessons

    Back over at the Nashville Palace two stages will be kicking off. The front room at the Palace is open from 11am to 2am daily. The back room kicks off in the early afternoon and stays open to 2am. You’ll find more Americana, Honky Tonk, Western Swing bands in the back and a mix of rockabilly added in on the front stage. A little bit of everything but typically more “rootsy.”

    Friday’s schedule:
    Boogie 17 friday
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    SATURDAY….. or as we say back home, SABADO GIGANTE!!

    The Palace will be back open at 11am in the front room. Back room fires up in the early afternoon. Both open til 2am again.

    Did we tell you there are shuttles going back and forth from the Resort to the Palace all weekend? We probably should have mentioned that before. They will run the entire time the festival is on to keep you moving where you need to go. It’s FREE! We’ll do out best to get you back and forth. There are 2 cars in the evenings. It leaves from the door of the Nashville Palace to the Magnolia Lobby 11am to 2am.
    Shuttle bus

    We need to talk about something. There are bars inside the car show, by the Ryman Hall stage and at the Ballroom stage at Opryland. Keep in mind that it is a resort and they charge resort prices. I guess that’s how they can afford a massive 3000 room vacation spot. They won’t budge on prices and I apologize for the inconvenience. BUT there are PBRs at the Nashville Palace all weekend long for $2.50, I believe. So hop a shuttle, grab a PBR and head on back for the headlining acts!
    *Obviously DO NOT drive or ride anything if you have had anything to drink.

    What’ll you have?!! PABST BLUE RIBBON!

    What has become one of the fastest growing attractions at the Nashville Boogie is the Western Roundup Fashion Show. Join us as we pay tribute to the sweet suits our favorite artists would have been wearing on stage back in the day! We also honor a living legend in the western tailor world, Manuel Cuevas! He got his start sewing the infamous Nudie Suits and made a name for himself designing for almost every major musician worth a damn since the 1950’s. Gene Autry, Salvador Dali, Johnny Cash, a few presidents, oh hell, you get the picture. Read more about him HERE.

    The fashion show takes place in the TN Ballroom.
    Manuel Cuevas Tanya Coe

    Western Fashion Show

    Have you ever witnessed a Charles Phoenix show? He does a great presentation of retro slides and is HILARIOUS! You can also catch him in the TN Ballroom at Opryland.
    Chalres Phoenix Nashville

    We’ve gone through a hand full of the acts and haven’t mentioned the music. Well, there are over 90 playing and some aren’t even listed on the site! Plenty of surprises for you. Plenty flying in from around the world that we’ve hammered you with on social media. You can watch videos of most of them at our event website
    Pick yer own favorites HERE!

    Saturday’s Entertainment:
    saturd boog 17
    sat boo 17

    There are going to be film crews and photogs ALL OVER! We are BIG on documenting our events. Gotta show the grandkids what we did back when we thought we were young.
    In fact, if you take some sweet pics send them to us to share! Just please do not shoot the stage with your flash. We have a team but our primary photographer t his year is

    On that note, did you know you can get a tintype photo made in the car show through Howlermano Photography? Did you also know he directed the documentary “A Band Called Death?” Rad.
    Galaz Holwermano

    There is a film crew coming from Sweden to document the Green Line Travelers atthe Palace which is cool.

    Bopflix is flying in from the UK to cach footage of the event but also to make a bunch of short acoustic music videos of our performers. They will be uploading them throughout the year so keep an eye out!

    WBCM Radio Bristol from the “Birthplace of Country Music Museum” will be filming and broadcasting private showcases all weekend. You’‘ll definitely need to tune in online after the event to see another side of your favorite acts.

    Milk Products Media is filming and interviewing to make a short mini-doc about the Nashville Boogie. If you’ve seen any of the work they’ve done you’d know why we are so excited!

    The folks behind Fry Pharmacy Recording Services are lugging their vintage RCA Studio B, 3 track analog equipment over to the Ballroom stage all day Friday and Saturday to put it to tape! We like to do this every so often to get a warm fuzzy throwback recording of our events every once in awhile.
    Boogie 17 film

    SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!! (Say it in your Monster Truck voice)

    Maybe you feel like repenting for drinking too much PBR and dancing til 4am?
    You can go to Cowboy Church hosted by JoAnne Cash who just so happens to be Johnny Cash’s sister. She hosts it in the Texas Troubadour Theater back behind the Nashville Palace.
    It’s obviously FREE to the public. More info HERE!
    Joanne Cash

    And for the rest of us, Mimosa Sundays at the Palace.
    Mimosa Nashville

    Right about that same time the Music City Record Convention starts in the back room of the Nashville Palace. We’re talking over 50 vendors from this region slangin’ collectable albums! If you’re half the vinyl geek we are you are squeeling inside. Or maybe this post just made one of those needled scratch noises because this is so damn cool.
    It is just $5 to the public of FREE w/ your Boogie wristband.
    More info HERE!
    Music City Record Convention 2
    vinyl junkies

    Music in the front room of the Nashville Palace is FREE to the public all day and night long on Sunday.

    We are all going to head to the Grand Ole Opry House at 5:00 pm for the Grand Finale show. Tickets are only $15-$45 dollars. The evening starts with The Post 82 Cowpokes, Deke Dickerson’s Music Valley Jamboree starring Big Sandy and Billy Harlan, then JP Harris & Joshua Hedley. We’ll polish off the night with a 45 minute set from classic country legend Bobby Bare and a 90 minute set by Texas legend Jerry Jeff Walker! I don’t think you realize just how ridiculous this lineup is and we made it throwback pricing so everyone could go! You get those tickets directly from

    Opry Walker

    Alrighty, there is just one more performance to announce. Nic Roulette of The Hillbilly Casino is gathering an all-star cast to play from 9pm to 2am in the backroom of the Nashville Palace Sunday night. This is the FINAL chance to throwdown Nashville style! It is absolutely FREE to the public. Come on out.

    That’s about it folks. We hope you have the best time. We’ve been hosting festivals for 8 years although this one is just in it’s third year. We learn new things every time. If you notice an area we can improve on PLEASE let us know through the follow up survey we send out. It’s the only way we can get better.

    We’ll leave you with a brand new “Nashville Boogie” track by Deke Dickerson set to footage of previous events!

    Oh hey, one FINAL reminder.
    Go reserve your 2018 room before everyone else reads this.
    Earlybird tickets also on sale now HERE!

    Your humble-ish promoter,
    Jason Galaz

  • 03.26.17

    After 20 Years Jerry Jeff Walker Returns To Nashville

    Sunday May 21
    Doors at 5:30 Show at 6:30-10:30
    Seat Reservations $15 – $45 HERE! or

    It’s been about 2 decades since Texas country legend, Jerry Jeff Walker played a full set in Nashville. Jerry is known for his monumental role in the 60’s & 70’s Country music scene. Jerry Jeff is also known for bucking the system by walking away from the “Nashville Recording Industry” in the 1980’s to start his own record label, “Tried and True Music” which falls right in line with the DIY spirit of Muddy Roots Music Events. Enjoy a full 90 minute set with all the classics.

    Another Country music legend, Bobby Bare will join us on stage bringing you all the hits. Bobby Bare has played our Muddy Roots Music Festival and was quoted saying “Now this is how it’s supposed to be done. This is how a festival should be.” We can’t tell you how honored we felt knowing Bobby was not only playing his music for us but that he felt right at home. That the music was in context to the festival climate. We’re proud to bring Ol’ Bobby to the prestigious Grand Ole Opry House stage!

    East Nashville’s very own honky tonk rounders JP Harris & Joshua Hedley represent the local sound just before Bobby Bare takes the stage.

    Deke Dickerson carries over the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender 50’s vibe with an all-star house band with guest appearance by Big Sandy & Billy Harlan. Billy played the Grand Ole Opry in the 1905’s playing bass for Jim Reeves and also the Wilburn brothers.

    The evening kicks off with local “Honky Tonk Tuesdays” revivalists from the American Legion Post 82, East Nashville’s very own The Cowpokes!

    Event: Grand Finale to the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
    Venue: Grand Ole Opry House
    Date: Sunday May 21, 2017
    Time: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
    Cost: $15-$45
    Ticket site:

    Looking to attend the rest of the festival? It is $135 for Thursday through Saturday which includes 90 bands, an indoor car show, a vintage market, western fashion show, pinup contest, and a vintage western slide show. You can come to the car show and vintage market for just $5 if you don’t have a festival ticket. We have a cool record convention Sunday from 9am to 6pm at the Nashville Palace which is included in your festival pass or just $5 to the public. ALL BANDS AT THE NASHVILLE PALACE ARE FREE ADMISSION! 10 am to 2am.Day and weekend passes available at:

    This is what happens when locally owned Muddy Roots Records takes over the Grand Ole Opry House!

    Nashville Boogie 2017
    BOOGIE OPRY 2017

  • 03.15.17

    FREE Downloads From All Our 2017 Festivals

    Save this link because we are uploading FREE music compilations every couple weeks to share with you. We hope you’ll get to know all the artists playing our music festivals, buy their full albums and be right up front for their set! Catch them when they come through your town and let them know you found them through Muddy Roots!

    Moonruner’s Music Festival May 5-6, 2017 Chicago, Il.

    moonrunners chicago reggies rock bar

    Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender May 18-21, 2017 Nashville, TN.
    17 Boogie Comp V1
    Nashville Boogie comp 2

    Muddy Root Spring Weekender June 2-3, 2017 Brown County, In.

    Muddy Roots Europe June 23-25, 2017 Waardamme, Belgium

    Muddy Roots Music Festival Aug. 31- Sep. 3, 2017 Cookeville, TN.

  • 02.20.17

    The 5th and Final Spring Weekender

    Join us as we bring an end to what has been a great chapter in the Muddy Roots book. This June we will be hosting our 5th and final Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Brown County, Indiana. We like to say it’s the most beautiful of all our venues set back in the hills with tall tress and our own lake to boat or fish. James Hunnicutt once mentioned how he was able to perform one of his most intimate sets there as he closed his eyes and let the trickle of the creek that wraps the stage fill his soul. Her poured it right back all over us with incredible songs.

    The first MRSW took place in Adams, TN. at the Red River Canoe Campgrounds in 2013. We wanted to provide an event that would hold folks over til’ the big Muddy Roots. Waiting a year for your favorite music festival can be brutal. It’s like a long distance relationship. We very much enjoyed the venue but decided to move up to Indiana to expand the Muddy Roots brand in to new areas but more importantly to build a stronghold for Muddy Roots bands. 5 years later and the region is flourishing with boutique roots festivals. All of which book “Muddy Roots” type bands. Mission accomplished. It’s time to focus our limited resources on supporting these other events as well as expanding the sound in to new areas.

    If you are not in the woods with us this year you’ll unfortunately miss your chance to experience the magic of this beautiful property. We do cap the tickets to keep the event small and cozy. There are only a couple hundred available at this point. GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

    We put together some of our favorite moments in Indiana for you set to the music of Joseph Huber who is performing this final edition of the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender.

    MRSW 2017

  • 12.19.16

    Get Your Brand Known At 5 Music Festivals

    We put a lot of effort in to very specific ways to promote your band, brand or product to our crowds. We’re big on putting the music experience first at our events as well as building relationships with friends that support through advertisement and sponsorship. The most effective way to build brand recognition at our events in more subtle ways that do not distract from the performances. We have opportunities ranging from program advertisements to festival title sponsorship opportunities.

    Hank Williams Muddy Roots

    If you are looking to promote your event, album release,brand or product please browse these various options. Have something else in mind? Contact Jason Galaz at

    Sponsor & Ad link found HERE.

    Current events:
    Nashville Wine On The Rails
    Valentine’s Wine On The Rails – Train Excursion, Nashville, TN. Feb.4th, 2017
    Folk Alliance Dom Flemons
    Muddy Roots Showcase at Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, MO. Feb. 15-19, 2017
    Moonruners Fest Chicago
    5th annual Moonrunners Music Fest – Chicago, Il. May 5-6, 2017
    Brown County Indiana
    5th annual Muddy Roots Spring Weekender – Brown County, Indiana June 2-3, 2017
    Grand Ole Opry House Sundel
    3rd annual Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, Nashville, TN. May 16-21,2017
    Country Music Train
    Summer Wine On The Rails – Train Excursion, Nashville, TN. June 10th, 2017
    Muddy Roots Europe Festival
    6th annual Muddy Roots Europe Festival – Waardamme, Belgium June 23-25, 2017
    Tomato Arts Fest
    Muddy Roots Showcase at Tomato Arts Fest – East Nashville, TN. Aug. 12th, 2017
    Muddy Roots 2015 Festival Tents
    8th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville, TN. Aug. 31- Sep. 4, 2017

    We’re also working on local events at prominent venues in Nashville as well as adding more Wine On The Rails train excursions.

  • 12.13.16

    Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender Lineup & Free Downloads!

    Muddy Roots Music presents the best in 40’s to 60’s rock n roll & country western from around the globe at the 2017 Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender and Car Show!

    You can buy your tickets, reserve your rooms, sign up for the pinup contest and register your cars at

    Our friend Deke Dickerson recorded a Nashville Boogie song for us. It is part of a free download compilation found HERE.
    Deke Dickerson Boogie Download

    It’ll be out on vinyl by early May. You can catch a sneak peak in this promo reel here.

    Here are all the current updates for you.

    You’ll be enjoying over 80 acts across 5 stages, over 4 days, at 3 venues. That includes 2 stages at the Nashville Palace, 2 at the Opryland Hotel and 1 at the Grand Ole Opry.

    We’re back in the beautiful Tennessee Ballroom at the Opryland Hotel Resort which is closer to the 2nd stage area down in the Ryman Garage. Opryland TN Ballroom
    Here you’ll find most the traditional rockabilly bands and the Western Roundup Fashion Show by Riley Reed.
    Western fashion show by riley reed

    The Nashville Palace has offered 2 trollies running back and forth to the Opryland Resort all weekend long.

    In the Ryman garage will be one stage FREE to the car show until mid afternoon with bands and a pinup contest. We have 200,000 sq. ft of space for the indoor car show and are allowing daily loadins and loadouts. It is $25 to register your vehicle and includes the driver admission to the car show area only. Spectator fee is $5 or FREE with a weekender wristband. You’ll also have access to the massive vendor market in the Ryman Garage at the Opryland Hotel. Vendors range from vintage clothing to classic car enthusiasts.

    Nashville Boogie Car Show

    We’ll kick off the festival on Thursday night over at the Nashville Palace with The Blasters, The Planet Rockers, The Delta Bombers and a couple others. We’re running 2 stages at the Palace all weekend long. This is where you’ll find most of the Country, Western, Americana, Honky Tonk, and Western Swing Thursday through Sunday.
    Nashville Palace

    We may be the only music festival in the world in the world with a full on record convention included. We’re hopeless vinyl junkies. Sunday from 9-5 is the Music City Record Convention in the back room of the Nashville Palace. It is FREE with a Weekender wristband or $5 to the public.
    Music City Record Convention

    We’ll polish off the weekend with the Grandest of Grand Finales at the Grand Ole Opry House Sunday night! The lineup for that will be announced down the road. It will require a separate ticket. Here is a beauty of a pic of the night we took it over in 2016.
    Nashville Boogie Grand Ole Opry

    There are still hotel room vacancies for Friday and Saturday night at Opryland only at the moment. We hope some other groups release some inventory. After all, there are 2882 rooms! You can save almost $100 a night by reserving through our block at Nashville Boogie 2017 Lineup

  • 11.24.16

    2017 Moonrunners Fest Announced!

    We’ve joined forced with the Moonrunners’ Music Fest crue to present their 5th annual weekender. Moonrunners’ was inspired by Muddy Roots so it was a natural move to absorb them back in to our official family. We’re happy to announce the full lineup.
    Limited tickets on sale now HERE.

    Moonrunners’ Merch & Muddy Roots Records can be found HERE.

    Moonruners 2017

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