Muddy Roots News
  • 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!

    negro terror memphis

    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.

    omar higgins memphis

    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

    Respect.

  • 04.01.19

    A Muddy Roots Marriage

    Destiny is getting married! If you’ve played one of our festivals in the last few years, then you have worked with Destiny. She does her best to get you everything you need for the weekend. If you’ve ever purchased merch from us online, then Destiny packed and mailed it. She’s been Muddy Roots “Ride-or-Die” for awhile now. She does her absolute best to brighten all of your days, unselfishly. We thought you’d be upset with us if we didn’t give you the opportunity to shine on her big day. So here is her registry and her venmo:

    ONLINE REGISTRY

    Or just send a few bucks to her VENMO account @Destiny-Smith-2

    She doesn’t know we are posting for her. It’ll be a nice surprise.
    And mostly, we’re just happy this young man is going to make an honest woman of her. ;) ;) ;)
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    Below is the message from her fb reception invite:

    We are getting MARRIED!!! This is a reception invite but also our way of telling all our friends at once:) Our ceremony will be small at the lovely Emily Reeves Grammer office but we would love for all our beautiful friends to celebrate with us after we tie the knot!! We are both overwhelmed with the community and friendships we have made here in Madison. We met here and could not think of a better place to celebrate.
    The regular Friday Hoedown includes some of our favorite guys playing music we love…
    5:30-8:30 Daniel Lawrence Walker & Dee’s House Band
    9pm-1am Karaoke Jam
    Sing us a song, sing yourself a song…we just want the people we love to have fun and enjoy themselves with us. We know some of you can’t be here in person, you will be missed but loved all the same! If you are able to make it 🤟; please treat this place, the staff and band with serious love. They were kind enough to let us put this together on short notice with welcome & mean a whole lot to us!!
    Thank you ALL for being a part of our lives, we love you and will remember these times forever!
    Here’s a link to our online registry, we will also have a cash “Honeymoon” fund for those of you who can make it out to Dee’s (please tip the bar and band first 😘. Your friendship and well wishes are what we care about most 😬.

  • 03.29.19

    Ben Jarrell "Troubled Times" Album Release

    Ben Jarrell spent the last year and a half down at Bobby’s Idle Hour on music row writing and singing the tunes to this new album. That historic venue had some real deal mojo and you can feel it in the bones of each track. This is also the debut album release of from our new label, Country Roots Records!
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    Radio/DJ Publicity: oldfashionpr@gmail.com
    Print/Online Publicity: destiny@muddyrootsrecords.com
    Booking: muddyrootsbooking@gmail.com

    Grab it on vinyl or cd at: Click here

    Itunes: Click here
    Spotify: Click here

    “I don’t say this lightly when I say that this album reminds me of the first time I heard Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain. It has a similar vibe throughout the entire record. It’s that good.” -Gary Hayes Country

  • 03.25.19

    A Music City Merch Merger

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match! Boy, what a catch! We have an exciting merger to announce. We’ve partnered up with our pal Ross Winchel over at Merch Kitchen to expand our screenprint and promotional serviced business.

    Here’s the deally-o. I’ve been printing shirts since 1999. I started with a small grant for at-risk youth in Southern California after I wrote and competed in a business plan program. I lived in a single wide trailer in Yucaipa, Ca that had a screened in porch. That’s where I printed. I didn’t have a car at the time so I’d take the shirts to the customers by bus. We’ve come a long way since then. Since living in Tennessee I started a larger project that works as a federation of companies. We operate as Power Merch by 3.14 Creative Enterprises, LLC. That last part is the official company name for all of our projects. When you are ordering from us you are supporting a worldwide network of shops and companies that manufacture branded items. Power Merch offers screenprinting, embroidery, promotional items, and order fulfillment across the U.S. and in some parts of Europe.
    Power Merch

    This is where we bring in Ross! Playing in bands for the last decade led him to printing for bands. He’s been running a rad one-press print shop out of Nashville since 2011 named, the “Merch Kitchen.” This company has an impeccable reputation for being “The Independent Band’s Best Friend!” We sourced jobs to Ross and were impressed with his timeliness, acute eye for detail, and dedication to quality. We are real sticklers about that. Well, our shops fell in love and Ross has accepted a role in the Power Merch family. Merch Kitchen will still operate as it does now but under the 3.14 Creative umbrella. Ross is now our primary account specialist. You can email him 24/7 at contact@merchkitchen.com or call m-f between 9-5 CST at 615-504-8738
    merch kitchen
    Ross is a mean vegan machine on the drums. He plays in many bands from different genres. A “Muddy Roots” spirit, if I’ve ever seen one.

    And with that we want to tell you about the reformation of our shop, The Vinyl Bunker!
    We operated as an underground record shop for 2 years and had a blast doing it. We closed to the public a few months back and are re-opening now as an merchandise fulfillment center. So, still a record shop in a sense but now we stock, sell, and ship your product online. We are not open to the public. It’s super simple. You just drop off a limited amount of “hot item” merchandise like your new album, hats, or t-shirts. We count it in together and find it a temporary home on our shelves. Then we either monitor your online shop account, build you one, or add the items to ours. Orders are shipped within 2 business days. Royalties to be paid monthly. To apply for those services just shoot an email over to Destiny at thevinylbunker@gmail.com

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    Here’s why we call it underground. It’s literally in the basement of a parking structure right by the Ryman in downtown Nashville. We’ve got some super cool announcements on the way for the shop on top of this already cool merch news.
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    Our primary printing operations are in Nashville, TN, Riverside, CA. and London, England. Our small batch embroidery comes out of Murfreesboro, TN. All other items are sourced from our Advertising Specialty network straight from the plant. Fulfillment operations from downtown Nashville.

    We print and ship nationwide for conferences, bands, churches, companies, events daily.
    PLUG IN YOUR BRAND

    POWERMERCH.COM
    MERCHKITCHEN.COM

    3.14 Creative Enterprises, LLC.
    PO Box 60839
    Nashville, TN. 37206

  • 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 boogiecarshow@gmail.com 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. www.hotrodboogie.com
    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 www.nashvilleboogie.com

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  • 03.14.19

    Moonshine Wagon (Spain) New Album On Roots Union Records

    Welcome Moonshine Wagon to the Muddy Roots family via Roots Union Records! You’ve seen them perform at Muddy Roots Europe and Muddy Roots Tennessee. Now their music is on the label all the way from Spain. Roots Union is our punk rock style label for roots bands, focused on supporting the underground. Additional labelmates include James Hunnicutt (US) and Dead Bronco (Spain.)

    ARTIST: MOONSHINE WAGON
    ALBUM: STRAIGHT FROM THE MUD
    LABEL: ROOTS UNION RECORDS 2019
    COUNTRY: SPAIN

    LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

    Check out the new video here:

    TOUR DATES:
    15/03 Bergara (ES) – Gaztetxe
    16/03 Viana (ES) – Rutas
    21/03 A Coruña (ES) – Mardi Gras
    22/03 Vigo (ES) – La Casa de Arriba
    23/03 Salamanca (ES) – Heroes
    24/03 Parla (ES) – Let’s Go Rock Bar
    30/03 Castro Urdiales (ES) – Tornado
    05/04 Logroño (ES) – Templarios M.C.
    06/04 Orduña (ES) – Gazte Eguna
    11/04 Barcelona (ES) – Rocksound
    12/04 Perpignan (FR) – Le 911
    18/04 Bern (CH) – Voodoo Records Store
    18/04 Biel (CH) – LaBiu
    20/04 Wuppertal (DE) – Alte Schlosserei
    21/04 Münster (DE) – Heile Welt
    02/05 Bilbao (ES) – Kafe Antzokia
    03/05 Zarautz (ES) – Putzuzulo
    04/05 Vitoria (ES) – Hell Dorado
    18/05 Orozko (ES) – Orozkorock Festival
    20/06 Nevers (FR) – La Tavern
    21-22/06 Linter (BE) – Picking Bones Festival
    28/06 Haro (ES) – Fiestas Patronales
    29/06 Barcelona (ES) – DesFolcat’ Festival
    04/07 Meppell (NL) – Muziekcafe Clouso
    05/07 Groningen (NL) – Lola
    06/07 Drachterscompagnie (NL) – Stoomfiets
    07/07 Munnekezijl (NL) – Cafe de Sluys
    09/07 Canterbury (UK) – The New Inn
    10/07 London (UK) – What’s Cookin
    11/07 Bournemouth (UK) – The Cellar Bar
    12-13/07 Poole (UK) – Wonky Donk Festival
    14/07 Witchampton (UK)
    29/08 Cookeville (Tennessee USA) – Muddy Roots Festival

    moonshine wagon espana

    Genre
    Hellgrass = Bluegrass + Punk

    Band Members
    Goiatz Dutto (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Joel Bruña (banjo, mandolin, vocals), Víctor Martín (double bass).

    Contact us:
    moonshinewagon@hotmail.com /
    +34680386697

    About
    The road is our home. Now booking 2019 tour.

    Contact us:
    moonshinewagon@hotmail.com
    +34 680 38 66 97

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