Muddy Roots 2014

Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, TN is something I look forward to every year.  It is held at the June Bug Ranch over Labor Day weekend and everyone gathers in the field for a wonderful weekend of music and fun.

This year started out with a pre-party on Thursday night where Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band performed their last show.  I was fortunate to see The Broken Band play several times this year, but it was still sad to think that this was their final performance as a group.  I was a little disappointed that they were on such a small stage, but the music and the crowd were great and they had a great final show. 

Friday the music continued and I got to see James Hunnicutt perform a Misfits cover with Hillbilly Casino.  This is always one of my favorite things. 

I was also harassed by a giant grasshopper during the Hillbilly Casino set.  I thought someone threw something at me at first and then noticed the giant bug on me.  I swatted it off and it hopped right back up.  Later I watched it sit on the ground watching all the people go by until it slowly turned and hopped toward me a third time.  I went and stood closer to the stage after that!

Another highlight for me on Friday was seeing J.B. Beverly and Rory Kelly play.  They performed songs off of J.B.’s Stripped to the Root album and Rory did a few of his songs as well. 

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Saturday brought rain and mud and more good bands like, Dead Soldiers, A Man Called Stu, Hangdog Hearts, Reverend Beatman, and many, many more.  The Goddamn Gallows were supposed to play Saturday night, but because of rain got pushed to closing out the festival on Sunday night.

Because of all the rain, Saturday night sets went on until the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Lacy and I both crashed out and missed the last three or four bands of the night.  The Blasters are the last thing I remember hearing before I fell asleep Saturday night.

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Sunday Everymen played.  They are a fun band that always put on a great show!  They even gave out pool noodles to the crowed to have fun with.

Another favorite moment from Sunday was when James Hunnicutt, Rachel Kate, and Brook Blanche got on stage with Sean and Zander.

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The night ended with The Hooten Hallers and The Goddamn Gallows to close out the festival.  Two bands that I love very much and never get tired of seeing.  The Hooten Hallers had a whole new set with new members so it was kind of like seeing them for the first time all over again.

Monday morning we got up, got packed up, took one last shower, and said goodbye to the field until next year!

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My Five Favorite Moments from Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

The Muddy Roots Music Festival is my favorite part of the year.  This year I decided to attend the Spring Weekender in Nashville, IN and it was the best decision I have ever made.  It’s hard for me to put into words the love and joy that Muddy Roots brings to me, so I will just share my 5 favorite moments from the weekend.  Narrowing it down to five was difficult, but here we go:



Seeing James Hunnicutt kick off the weekend.

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Meeting lots of new forever friends.

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Attending the banquet dinner that Joseph Huber played.

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Discovering the music of The Whistle Pigs

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The absolute silence when Dr. Ralph Stanley sang O’Death.  You could have heard a pin drop in that crowd.

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I’ll be attending the main Muddy Roots Music Festival in August, but I already can’t wait for the next Spring Weekender!

Mud(dy) Roots Theme Thursday

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.

Rainbow over June Bug Ranch.  Told you it was beautiful there.  This was a view from our tent.

Rainbow over June Bug Ranch. Told you it was beautiful there. This was a view from our tent.

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.

One of our neighbors cool cars

One of our neighbors cool cars

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.

Lacy playing in the mud

Lacy playing in the mud

Dancing in the rain

Dancing in the rain

I'll throw this one in there too just for the heck of it, just because it is hilarious.

I’ll throw this one in there too just for the heck of it, just because it is hilarious.

Don’t forget to head over to Clan Donaldson to see the rest of the Theme Thursday Mud pictures!