Muddy Roots News
  • 02.06.18

    James Hunnicutt Album & Stuffed Animal

    We’re kicking off the return of Roots Union Records with a 180 gram pressing of James Hunnicutt’s “All By My Lonesome” vinyl record and a plush soft lion. You’ll never be all by your lonesome with Frizz The Friendly Lion! Both are sold and shipped separately.

    Lions ship in March. Vinyl ships in May. ORDER YOURS TODAY RIGHT HERE!

    Hunni Bear Frizz Lion
    Frizz is the first in the Hunni-Bear series.

    We also stock James Hunnicutt’s “ 99 Lives” 12” vinyl here at The Vinyl Bunker. All items ship from Nashville, Tenn.

    With the haunting voice of a fallen angel, he bleeds his heart & soul into 10 songs of loneliness, one night stands, hope, break ups, love & murder that make up “All By My Lonesome”. All By My Lonesome Review From: Moloich Photography

  • 01.26.18

    Musician Builds Skate Parks Around The World

    Puerto Rico was devastated by a hurricane recently. People from around the world are finding ways to help those folks. It’s this musician’s dream to build the kids there a skate park and educational center. There are kids everywhere with little to do with their time. Kody Oh wants to teach them how to build their community back by building themselves a skate park. His goal is not to drop in, build a skate park and head home like a half assed missionary. The idea is to teach the kids to teach others to teach community building grass roots style. Yes, there will be gardens, school programs and other improvements involved but Kody’s vision is light a spark to a fire that will keep itself lit.

    You may know Kody as the bass player from The Calamity Cubes!. He also tours solo. The Calamity Cubes! were one of the very first bands booked for the inaugural Muddy Roots Music Festival in 2010. They are one of our favorite bands. Solid dudes with a heart of gold. Check out a live recording of them in the Hard Soil film.

    Now let’s get back to the point. Kids around the world need more positivity and something constructive in their lives. Idle hand right?

    “Through skateboarding you learn adaptability and creative ways to look at the world.” – Kody Oh

    Ethiopia

    Here’s the jam. Last year Kody was in Hollywood chatting with Danille Colby (American Pickers,) Soda Gardocki, and Greg Escalante about an organization called “Batey Girls” in the Dominican Republic that helps victims of sex trafficking in to new lives. It provides housing and jobs to these women. Kody thought about all the fatherless children running the streets and wanted to help. His vision has expanded and now includes children of the world. He found another organization that does a similar thing, booked a flight and left for Ethiopia where he volunteered to build a skate park for a village.

    ethiopian skaters


    Hawassa Skatepark Build from Ethiopia Skate on Vimeo.

    He’s now home and ready to begin his own journey. With the help of friends Kody has been able to get the wheels rolling legally for his organization called “GO FUTURE.” He is in team building mode and I am honored to be a board member. Puerto Rico is first on the list.

    “Skateboarding, gives them not only vocational skills but life skills like creative interpretation of their environment, imagination, perseverance in the face of adversity, adaptability, strength, confidence, the ability to get back up after getting broke off, strength and resilience.” -Kody Oh
    GO FUTURE LOGO

    Here’s how you can help.

    TELL FOLKS!!!
    Spread the word. Make conversation about it. It’s a cool thing this dude is doing.

    SEND MONEY!!!
    GO FUTURE FOUNDATION is set up to receive checks and money orders.
    Soon he’ll have a paypal and GoFundMe up. This isn’t one of those bullshit charities that skim the cash and then send a few duckets to Africa. It’s all for the cause.
    Make it out to Go Future Foundation.
    You can mail it to our PO Box and we will get it to him. Eventually he will have his own formal address and we will update this page.

    GO FUTURE FOUNDATION
    PO Box 60839
    Nashville, TN 37206
    (DO NOT MAKE IT TO MUDDY ROOTS)

    THERE IS NOW A GOFUNDME LINK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE ONLINE!

    CHIP IN!! Join the team. Come on out to build. Send supplies. Make a phone call and make something happen. Gold light shines in all these actions.

    TELL MORE PEOPLE!!!!

    Have questions?
    Get a hold of Kody direct at gofuturefoundation@gmail.com

  • 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.

  • 12.01.17

    We Painted A Margo Price Mural In East Nashville

    We’re huge fans of Margo Price and her band. She is local to our neighborhood and our music community. She played the Muddy Roots Music Festival in 2015 and since then has signed with Third Man Records and blown up!! She is featured on late night shows often, tours the world playing all the major festivals and just recorded a duet with Willie Nelson. GET IT GIRL!

    We’re hardcore fans and want to show support. So we did what we do best, we told folks about her! You want to hear something different on the radio? Well then get out there and support all those musicians coming from our community straight to the top. Go buy their music.

    Wall is located across from Mitchell’s Deli. Eat there, friggin delicious organic local sammiches. The wall is also on the same strip as Fond Object records. Go in there and ask for Muddy Roots Records and Third Man Records! We’re stocked.

    Margo Wall
    Artists: Jason Galaz aka Mudfather and Milton Chavez aka The Milt #themilt

    margo tweet
    Margo Price

    margo cops
    CAN’T STOP US!!!

  • 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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