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Muddy Roots Music Festival
  • 07.05.18

    Muddy Roots Fest Seeks Visual Artists

    The Muddy Roots Music Festival is inviting visual artists to participate in the festivities this year! We’re known for constructing large banjos and placing them at our venues worldwide. That’s been the hard work of good friends with heart. We also paint murals all around town to promote the festival and sometimes just other artists we love. We do these ourselves.

    We’re open to all mediums and expressions. THINK BIG! It’d be cool to see large sculptures, paintings, and interactive pieces in our field. Maybe a wild boar with a banjo made out of wire? A giant horse & guitar made out of 2×4 wood? A woman’s face carved out tree trunks and covered in Christmas lights? The world is yours.

    Or maybe you want to paint a mural in your hometown? That’s cool too. We may sponsor it.

    Submit your proposal to muddyrootsevents@gmail.com by July 31st to be considered.
    Include your concept, sketches, budget, and all important information needed to complete the task.

    Be BOLD.


    20ft wall in East Nashville


    16 ft tall wooden banjo. Muddy Roots TN


    20 ft tall banjo made from old barn roofing. Muddy Roots TN.


    Hand painted, wooden Muddy Roots banjos in Brasil.


    Large Muddy Roots Europe banjo updated annually in Belgium.


    Wall in East Nashville.


    Wall at G’z BBQ in East Nashville.

  • 06.07.18

    Muddy Roots 2018 Announced!

    We’re leading the charge in uniting the underground scenes and booking the bands that are the roots in them! It’s getting weird and we’re all getting along. Camping and hot showers are free. You c an BYOB but the venue has 2 bars onsite with $3 tall can PBR. Food vendors onsite but you may cook. We have 2 waterfalls nearby that the venue shuttles you to. We fill up your kiddy pools at camp. You are free to do what you want so long as you aren’t being a dick.
    THIS IS THE GREATEST DAMN FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD!!

    WEEKEND PASSES HERE
    DAY PASSES HERE
    MORE INFO AND BAND VIDEOS HERE

    SLEEP HIGH ON FIRE THIRDMAN

    Background photo by Sundel Perry Photography
    Photo of woman taken by Geert Soenens in 1972 Belgium

  • 03.15.18

    MRMF 2018. We Ain't Effing Around!

    Have you seen this wicked ass lineup? Spoiler alert: We aren’t even done announcing bands. We’re just letting you catch your breath. You can expect tickets to run out and a full field. It’s time to spread that Muddy Roots gospel. Save souls with Rock n roll. Death by decibels!

    WEEKEND PASSES INCLUDE FREE CAMPING AND CAN BE BOUGHT HERE! We have FREE showers, byob is ok, PBR $3 tall cans are in the 2 bars, just show up dude.

    We’ll post different posters all yer long to highlight different bands. Don’t flip out and think we suddenly canceled all the other bands. You’re smarter than that.

    For now…

    muddy 2018 blue

    and how about this next poster we made from a pic one of our Belgian staff’s mother? She took the pic in 1972. Metal.

    metal roots

  • 02.26.18

    Muddy Roots 2017 Footage by Wilde Co.

    Muddy Roots is the bridge between the independent scenes! This festival has been growing beyond the field for 8 years now. Each year a team of various photographers capture their view of the events. Check out this footage by Wilde Co. and then browse all their pics at the link below.

    Digital and film photos of the 8th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival Aug 31- Sep, 3, 2017.
    CLICK HERE

    Get info and tickets to the next fest HERE!

  • 12.24.17

    Sleep * High On Fire * Muddy Roots 2018

    We’re going to need more power. No, seriously, this is going to get LOUD!!! Our series of band announcements has now begun. Early bird tickets are almost gone. Standard weekend passes will follow. We cap our quantities folks. Don’t sleep on this.

    TICKET LINK!!

    SLEEP HIGH ON FIRE

    If there was a “roots” of doom metal then SLEEP would be one of the deep veins. We’re pulling them up from their west coast mud and bringing them out to our lil field to melt your heads.

    Then it’s going to get even wickeder with High On Fire! Trust me, wickeder is a word.

    WE HAVE SHIT TONS MORE BANDS TO ANNOUNCE BUT DIDN’T WANT TO KILL YOU WITH ALL OF THEM AT ONCE.

    Get your tickets dummy. We will absolutely run out of tickets this year.

  • 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

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