Muddy Roots News
  • 08.13.19

    Muddy Roots Survival Guide

    This party ain’t for the weak. But we’ll fill you in on some tips to make it through the weekend like a Phoenix rising from the drunken ashes.

    We’ll add to this post over the next week.

    Tickets include free camping on 126 acres in the outskirts of Cookeville, Tennessee. That’s about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and then cut North towards the Kentucky border. You can almost smell the mountain shine distilleries in the air. We rent a private property known as the Junebug Ranch. It’s basically a biker rally property any other day. They let us do what we want so long a we don’t break anything. That means you can do things like bring your own beer. Hell, you can bring a handle to the stage and rock the hell out. You have freedom to enjoy yourselves BUT you’ll regret the decision to abuse that freedom. We have a fast track to throw folks on the street that act like a dick. Any and every person caught sneaking in or doing anything wrong will be hand delivered to some good-ol’-boy sheriffs and the judge ain’t in til Tuesday. Why did we start this conversation with that tone? Because our field is unlike any other and we want to protect that. We don’t allow people to disrespect each other and we don’t want a sterile corporate, boring ass event. We want you to come, have fun, be cool, and make it home safe. Now we’ll talk about the good stuff.

    Before we do anything we need to talk about tickets. You should buy yours right now by CLICKING HERE! If you want to arrive Thursday for the pre-party with Face to Face you will need an earlybird ticket plus a weekend pass. You absolutely can not get one day pass for that day. We have weekend passes which include Friday-Saturday-and Sunday for $170. Saturday and Sunday together as a 2 day pass is $150. Sunday only is $75. All tickets include free camping and free hot showers.

    Let’s start with things to pack. It’s always wise to prepare for wet or dry weather. It can rain and it can also be hot. Bring plenty of clean socks, sunscreen, gold bond, wet wipes, rainboots, more than one pair of shoes, tons of drinking water, stuff like that. Don’t bring more than one shirt, we’ll be selling you a ton of them. Many of our designs are printed just once for this event.

    Here’s address of the venue. It’s known as the Junebug Ranch and is located at 115 Waterloo Rd. Cookeville, TN. 38506. It’s technically past Cookeville in Overton County once you cross the bridge. It’s a biker owned property that they host their own motorcycle rallies on. Those folks get wild! There’s not much we can do to surprise them. We’re a different kind of party so keep your clothes on. They have very few rules for us so we like to pay that forward to yall.

    We come from Nashville which means we exit in Cookeville and drive out about 20-25 minutes heading North towards the Kentucky border. You’ll feel lost, especially at night. Use your GPS until you get close and then look for FESTIVAL signs with PBR logos on them. We don’t put our name on them because worthless pricks steal them and then people get lost. If you’re coming from the North it will put you on the same road from the opposite direction. Either way you’ll come to the entrance where there is an old vw bug outside that is painted with the words “Junebug Boogie” on the side. Pull in there and come in to the valley. The video above is the wicked fork in the road coming from Cookeville to the Junebug Ranch. Go straight at it, do not follow the main road veering right or you’ll end up in another state.

    Most folks that are flying travel to BNA Airport in Nashville. It is about 87 miles from the venue. You can rent cars there. There are Muddy Roots carpool groups on fb, ubers, taxis, and even a greyhound that gets you to Cookeville, TN.

    You may show up anytime after 3pm on Thursday August 29th. That’s not really an official day for us. We’ll still be getting the field ready. But we know many of you are coming from other countries and far states so we set up this pre-party while we work. Come in and set up camp before the big crowds hit. We’ve got a sick party with Face to Face, Tim Barry, and a handful of punk or roots punk bands.

    More coming soon.



    Here are a few pointers!

    One type of dog is legally protected and welcome at Muddy Roots. The other two will get your ticket revoked without a refund. Mostly because people fake it every year and the their dogs cause issue.

    Do not give me some low-res-internet-print-out-fake card from

    Service dogs in training only have legal access rights, in the state of Tennessee, when accompanied by a trainer from an accredited school and both dog and trainer are identified. Self trained Service Dogs in training do not have legal access rights.

    Service dogs are handler focused and attentive to their owners only. Any dog who causes a disturbance (outside of performing a direct task to mitigate a disability) can be (and should be) removed from the premises by management.

    p.s. I love dogs.

    People might be sleeping in the grass. DO NOT DRIVE IN GRASS AT NIGHT!

    Pace yourself, homie.

  • 07.29.19

    The Muddy Roots Movement

    Tribes, packs, flocks, clubs, bands, groups and hordes of individuals come together to make the Muddy Roots Music Festival happen. Corporate festivals couldn’t achieve this if they wanted because you can’t buy spirit. It’s our 10th anniversary of throwing ourselves in to the trenches for independent music. It’s because we love it. We live for it. And we deeply rely on it. This is not some investor backed, mega packed corporate event. This is all DIY. We all have day jobs and promote the concept of Proud Working Class.

    We aren’t trust fund babies. We aren’t business men trying to get rich off you. We are you. And all these folks recognize that. It creates a better, more authentic experience.

    Let me give you an example of why this is different than most festivals. It draws folks from around the world to support. I don’t mean we just sell tickets to people. I mean entire groups of people are making their way just to help. Especially other promoters and business owners. It’s about community and they know we want to help them grow too.

    8 of the Muddy Roots Europe crue are coming in from Belgium as reinforcements to help with the crowd swell in the field. These folks are of the most dedicated of the Muddy Roots family.

    Justin Boot, the promoter of the Trapper Creek Music Festival in Alaska is returning to provide and host the Open Mic stage. But this time he is bringing a truckload of friends to help us get our event greener. The Trapper Creek folks are going to set up recycling stations and will be sorting trash onsite. Please help us keep the field clean.

    Our pals at The Crying Wolf Bar in East Nashville are known for their big ass pool parties called “Splashville.” They’re hosting one the week prior to our festival and then are bringing the entire thing to our field! Big pools, lil pools, a 2 story slip n slide waterfall blowup thingy, a stage, and a photo wall. You bes’ believe you have to hose your ass down before you get in. We’re plopping it right down on vendor row.

    You ever been to Duke’s in East Nashville? Jason, your promoter DJs there every few months. He’s actually spinnin’ rekkidz at this bar Friday Aug 23rd. Stop by if you want your good time ruined. It’s a super diverse and not very fun dj set. Anywayyyyy, Duke’s is known for having a new person play records every night. Well, they’re packing up a couple van loads of DJs to come play records in the Duke’s Lounge Tent at Muddy. Think fans, nice and cool fans to sit in front of. Picnic benches and couches.

    Ryan Sweeney, the promoter of Sweet Time Fest has curated an entire stage for us. He wrangled 16 bands for us! And you’ll see a lot more of that next year. You should check out his festival the week prior to ours in Nashville. HERE.

    Oh these guys, yeah they’re Muddy Roots too. Not official staff but always on point when we need them. And they roll deep.

    There are so many more. It truly takes a community and we have that. Check back for more details.
    Here is the almost final lineup. Just going to add in the Duke’s DJs on the next one.
    Share it. Spread the Muddy Roots Gospel.
    Let the freaks, weirdos, uppers, downers, all-arounders know they are home in our field.

  • 07.25.19

    50% Off Whiskey & Wine Trains (2020)

    Save 50% on your Vintage Wine On The Rails train excursions! Whiskey added to select dates. Offer good for 2020 schedule only. But act fast, February discounts are already sold out! Discounted tickets ARE refundable if returned atleast 30 days from scheduled trip. All others are not. Must be 21 years or older to ride. All dates are at

    Promo offered by Jason Galaz, Realtor at EXIT Realty Elite (615)410-6393 or (615) 373-EXIT
    Use the discount code: findahomeintn

    Use code:

    or click the links below!

    Available dates:
    Feb. 22nd to DelMonaco WineryDISCOUNTS SOLD OUT
    March 28th to DelMonaco Winery
    April 25th Whiskey & Wine train to Carthage Junction
    June 13th to DelMonaco Winery

    We have 2 scheduled trains in 2019. There are no discounts available but you don’t need them! The first one starts at $55.

    Aug 31st train to the Capitol Theatre on the Lebanon Square. We will be drinking wine and dining at the theater as well as shopping on the square. Seating starts at $55.
    Sep 14th Americana, Whiskey & Wine Train to the Carthage Junction. This is like a rolling festival with whiskey and wine samples!
    November 9th to the DelMonaco Winery – SOLD OUT

  • 07.14.19

    Festival Property For Sale

    We’ve been hosting the Muddy Roots Music Festival at the June Bug Boogie Ranch in Cookeville, TN. for a decade now. But did you know they have another property in West Tennessee? It’s in Atwood which is actually the furthest West of Middle Tennessee in the Real Estate MLS as opposed to Cookeville which is the furthest East. It’s incredibly beautiful. Heck, if I could buy it and move it to Cookeville, I would. But we are settled at the Junebug Ranch for now so I am helping the owners sell their 2nd property.

    Alright, here’s the skinny. They’ve named the property for sale “Boogie Hollar.” You can name it what you want when you buy it. They’ve been hosting motorcycle rallies there for years and purchased it from another promoter who did the same. It’s technically a 127.6 acre land lot or “farm land” to the locals. But it’s used for some real get down, throw down parties! There are acres and acres of flat land grass and shade trees. When you enter the gates you come in on a hilltop. You’ll pass a rustic old barn on the left which comes with the property.
    It has a looping road that takes you through the center of the property that drops down in to a valley where you will find a permanent wood stage, a small bar hut, a shower structure, a beer truck for storage, and electric poles for vendors.

    Property: $295k
    164 Clay Farm Ln. Atwood TN.

    If you’d like to see the full listing just click here!
    Or if you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in the U.S. contact Jason Galaz. Yes, your festival promoter has a day job. We told you this was a working class thang! I work in Tennessee but have a wide range of connected agents coast to coast. I can refer you.

    Jason Galaz
    EXIT Realty Elite
    615-410-6393 ©

    Here are a few pics to get an idea.

  • 07.11.19

    Live At Heart Conference - Newfoundland

    Jason Galaz will be a primary keynote speaker at the Live At Heart music conference in Newfoundland. This is the sister conference to the one held in Sweden. We’re going to tell them all about y’all and your crazy shenanigans. There’s a chance for you to come along and perform too!

    Live At Heart Newfoundland is a Global Music Business Conference held on the Burin Peninsula, on the island of Newfoundland, in the country of Canada. It is the sister company to Live At Heart in Sweden.
    Please join us in Marystown, Newfoundland between September 24-29, 2019
    We will be hosting Music Industry Professionals and Musicians from around the world. We are happy to give opportunities to performing artists from all across Canada, and the international market, and to bring the Music Business of the world to Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada!


    If you’re a solo musician or a band, please fill in this form to help us know you more.

    *Deadline for submissions is August 30 *

    If you have any question please message uthem on Facebook:


  • 06.25.19

    Muddy Roots Europe 2019 Program

    8 whole damn years we’ve been rockin’ in the Belgian free world.

    FRIDAY JUNE 28th
    11h00 – 20h00
    8h00 – 20h00
    SUNDAY JUNE 30th
    8h00 – 20h00
    FRIDAY JUNE 28th
    14h30 – 02h00
    14h00 – 02h00
    SUNDAY JUNE 30th
    12h00 – 02h00

    FIELD IS ONLY FOR TICKETHOLDERS. You may not be anywhere on the property without one. You will be considered trespassing and will be handed over to politie.
    Exception being people obviously buying a ticket. This is to keep out stragglers and trouble makers.

    Thanks for coming to this great family festival
    Respect your neighbors’ and local community
    NO big campfires or bonfires allowed
    BBQ is allowed above the ground
    Rule #1 Don’t be a dick!!!!!!
    Please keep the grounds green and clean
    There are trash barrels on camp and fest ground
    This year are the waste collection points back (use them)
    You can find them by big signs on both campgrounds.
    The Cowboy Up and MRE shop will be open at the Hungry Cowboy spot, in front of the saloon with spe-cials and discounts. Monday July 1st 2019 at 10am.
    Ben & Jerry ice cream only available at the bar in Saloon.
    You can order meals outside and have them in the Saloon when open.

    Taxi Snel: 003250363649
    Ability to group purchase, sign in at the entrance.
    Gathering after Friday shows at 01h30
    Gathering after Saturday shows at 02h00
    Gathering after Sunday shows at 00h30
    Mogelijkheid tot groeps aankoop, inschrijven aan de ingang
    Verzamelen na de shows van vrijdag om 01h30
    Verzamelen na de shows van Zaterdag om 01h30
    Verzamelen na de shows van Zondag om 00h30
    This taxi can give rides up to 8 people. If you know you will need a taxi after the last band. Let us know at the entrée so that you can share a taxi to make it cheaper.
    De taxi kan tot 8 mensen vervoeren. Indien je gebruik zult maken van een taxi na de laatste band, laat het ons weten aan de ingang zodat je deze taxi kan delen om die zo goedkoper te maken.
    The red cross is stationed at the entry of fest ground.
    You will find them at the festival:
    FRIDAY JUNE 28th
    18h30 – 00h00
    17h00 – 01h00
    SUNDAY JUNE 30th
    14h00 – 00h00
    Or call Nick 0032499764630.
    NON FOOD VENDORS on Fest Ground
    • MissMindy4U
    • Pierced Heart tattoo by Paul Mac Arry
    • Pierced Heart

    Breakfast (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) from 8h00 till 11h30 at The Hungry Cowboy
    (bread, croissant, ham, cheese, jam, eggs and bacon)
    FOOD SERVICES on Catering Ground
    Friday from 16h00, Saturday and Sunday from 11h30
    • The Hungry Cowboy
    - Baguettes with spreads (Gouda cheese, boiled ham or prepare)
    - Pasta ( with: Bolgnaise sauce, three cheeses sauce or gruyere cheese
    - Pizza (Margherita, ham, Capricciosa, veggie, pollo)
    • De Wissel fries shop & catering
    - Fries shop (fries, frikandel, viandel, bitterballen, kaaskroket, lookworst, mexicano, brochet)
    - Take away braadworst (sausage) onion, sauce between sandwich
    warm ham, vegetables and mushroom sauce
    vegi burger, sauce between sandwich
    - On a plate warm ham, fresh vegetables, cold sauce and fries
    Stoofvlees (Flemish stew) fresh vegetables and fries
    - BBQ on a plate spareribs, fresh vegetables, cold sauce and fries
    Brochet (kebab), sausage, chicken piece, fresh vegetables, cold- sauce and fries

    25€ minimum. (full drink card)
    Available at entry to fest ground. (camper)
    Food coins/token, food vendors will be payable with tokens. 1 token = 1€
    Available at entry to fest ground and in the saloon.
    When saloon & entry closes tokens will be available at the tent
    Drinking cards will be available at the entry to the fest ground and in the saloon.
    Full card = 25€ with free drink.
    When saloon & entry drink cards will be available at bar in the tent.
    Germain is our organic vegetables and fruit farmer of Cowboy Up and will be selling from the Hungry Cowboy spot.
    Saturday and Sunday from 2pm till 5pm.

    Available in the saloon. (2kg bags) 2 token/stamps.
    Lost or found gear or anything else can be giving at the entry to the fest ground.
    So please if you lost something check at the entry and give them your Facebook add or phone number.
    There will be toilets at the fest ground close to the entry
    Toilets on campground 1 and 2
    Toilets in the saloon.
    There will be cigarettes available at the entry of fest ground .
    Payable with cash.
    Free Showers available at Catering Ground next to the saloon
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    08h00 till 18h00
    Closest gas station, 300m towards Ruddervoorde.
    G&V Kortrijksestraat 381, 8020 Waardamme 003256733000
    LPG available in Ruddervoorde.
    “T’Zwientje” POWER Sijslostraat 80a, 8020 Ruddervoorde 003250277236

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