I’ve been saying for years that one of the the things the REAL country movement is lacking is a bona-fide music festival where the music can be promoted, and musicians, podcasters, media, and fans can network. Festivals like the Deep Blues and Pickathon have come close, but this year’s inagural Muddy Roots Festival in late May (28th-30th) in Cookeville, TN might hit the nail right on the head. With headliners Billy Joe Shaver and Wayne “The Train” Hancock and a slew of other cool bands, this could very well be that one festival, or become that one festival to light a match under the movement, similar to how Willie Nelson’s “Dripping Springs Reunion” which turned into his annual 4th of July picnics did back in the 70’s.
The Muddy Roots Festival is the brain child of Jason Galaz of Nashville. Galaz got started in the music industry screenprinting T-shirts for bands, and then moved into doing promotion. The weekend festival will include camping and food vendors on a full service festival grounds that include a large stage, sound tower, and shower facilities. People will be able to come and not have to leave the grounds all weekend. It is being held on the June Bug Boogie Ranch in Cookeville, the same place the June Bug Biker rallies happen twice a year. No exact price for this, but the plan is to keep admission under $50.
Following is a list of acts scheduled to perform at the Festival at the moment:
- Billy Joe Shaver
- Wayne “The Train” Hancock
- Kyle Turley (former football player)
- The Goddamn Gallows
- Dex Romweber
- Husky Burnette
- Cletus Got Shot
- Smokestack and the Foothill Fury
- The Calamity Cubes
- Lane Kristian and the Jakehead Mob
- Reverend Dead Eye
- Hillbilly Harlots
- Dave Smith and the Country Rebels
- Jason and the Punknecks
Stay tuned to savingcountrymusic.com for more information about this event.