Muddy Roots News
  • 12.20.18

    Lost Footage of 2011 Muddy Roots & It's Historical Relevance

    2011 was our 2nd year hosting music festivals. It was more of hillbilly-rock-n-roll-punk-rock-blues-bender-in-a-field. There were just about 700 of us in the field that year. We evolve each time but you can really see how we were back in the days. There was even a pinup pageant hosted by Sabina Kelley and a car show. Some of our stages were just a tent over some mud with a bail of hay. DIY til we die.

    We stumbled across this unfinished documentary hosted by Rebel Music TV. That was the year that Wanda Jackson played despite a massive flood in the tent. Good times.

    What we love most about this footage is the legendary Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose sharing a bit about his history and how his band influenced legends to come. He mentions how he thought his band was forgotten seeing as how it started in the 1930’s. Brother, not in our field. We recognize the roots and this band was the roots of both country and rockabilly. They were a high energy hillbilly boogie band that blew up from the 30’s to 50’s. The Maddox Brothers and Rose were before country music, pioneered the Bakersfield sound, and inspired Elvis to liven up his wardrobe.

    Check the footage here.

    It wasn’t too much longer that Don was back in Nashville at the opening of the Bakersfield Sound exhibit. We brought him back to play the Muddy Roots Music Festival once more as well as the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender. Don is well in to his 90’s now so we let him rest. But boy o’ boy are we grateful for his time at our events.

    Here’s a photo of Little Jimmy Dickens and Don Maddox hanging out on vendor row at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. They were right outside my camper despite the 90 degree weather. Jimmy even played in his fully rhinestoned suit. Toughest generation this country has seen!

    -Jason Galaz