This Thursday’s theme is Mud so I am going to make it a Muddy Roots theme!
Our trip to Muddy Roots last year was the trip that changed it all for us (You can read about if here). If you are not familiar with Muddy Roots Music Festival you should do yourself a favor and check them out. Muddy Roots promotes everything from roots blues, bluegrass to punk rock and everything in between and spending the weekend on the ranch in Tennessee will change your life. For one, it is beautiful there. It is held at the June Bug Ranch in Cookeville, TN every year on Labor Day weekend. Just the drive to get to the ranch is beautiful.
Then there is the music. The beautiful, stomp your feet, dance around, and holler music. One of my favorite memories was laying in my tent drifting off to sleep listening to The Reverend Horton Heat play live. Yeah, yeah, I know you are wondering why I wasn’t at the stage watching The Reverend Horton Heat perform, but I was exhausted and I have seen them quite a few times and figured it was a good time to get some rest so I could catch the bands I had NOT seen yet.
And finally there are the people. Everyone we talked to was wonderful. We had neighbors on one side of us that were from Tennessee that came to the festival every year. They had their awesome cars in the car show on Sunday.
When they set up they told us that if it rained we were more than welcome to take refuge under their canopy and when Lacy wanted to take a nap and I had no one to hang out with, they let me hang out with them by the cars and watch the bands. They were awesome, laid back people. Matter of fact, there was an incident that made Lacy and I laugh so hard. On the second night Lacy took the flashlight and went to use the port-a-potty. She came right back out and I said, “Well that was fast.” She said, “Someone shit ON the seat!” So we decided we better inform our neighbors since they usually didn’t take a flashlight with them and it was dark and that was NOT a surprise we wished on anyone. Now, we are from Fresno. People are jerks here, which is a lot of the reason of why we are leaving. If we were at a festival here and were in this same situation our neighbors would have be outraged. I went and told our neighbors at Muddy Roots, “Hey guys, FYI, you don’t want to use that port-a-potty. Someone shit on the seat.” to which we were greeted with roars of laughter. You just don’t meet laid back people like that in Fresno. Our neighbor on the other side was Clay. He was from Missouri and came down all by himself and had the time of his life.
The thing about Tennessee in the summer is, it’s hot. Not just hot, a sticky gross hot. We knew at some point during the weekend it would rain and when that sky finally opened up and dumped the glorious rain we were waiting for, we rejoiced! We ran thru the rain, we stomped in the puddles and mud, and we danced to the music. Which leads us to our theme for this Thursday. Enjoy these pictures of rain and mud at Muddy Roots. I even included a video at the end.
Don’t forget to head over to Clan Donaldson to see the rest of the Theme Thursday Mud pictures!