Back in the the glory days of MySpace when social media was first taking shape to manifest to the next echelon it is today, the Roots music movement was at a high point. My website was young and inexperienced, but ideas were forming in my brain and bands like the Calamity Cubes ( who were the FIRST BAND Mr. Jason booked), Hillbilly Casino ( who has played EVERY Muddy yet), and The Goddamn Gallows came forth to identify with Roots Music. This was 2010, and I was part of that as a fan. I LOVED these bands and the Muddy Roots idea to bring us all into the same central location. It was close for me, and I knew the venue before Mr. Jason even announced the event, so naturally I went.
I have no problems with different cultures or anybody really, as long as they observe the one rule this festival had…..”Don’t Be A Dick”. But when I got there I’ll admit I felt a trifle bit uneasy, because being the human being I am I judged on appearance and not on heart. I was basically afraid of everyone, accept for my VERY FIRST MySpace friend Mr. Bandana.
Now, those of y’all that KNOW ME know I address everyone by Mr. or Miss in my everyday conversations. Well I was pretty much raised to be that way and respect others however HE IS how I began acting that way toward others. If he liked you, he treated you like Gold. If he hated you, best thing to do was leave him alone. He had a DEEP appreciation for these bands coming up, and we shared a knowledge about them that turned into a friendship.
The second year, however turned into my LOVE for these people and the community they formed. It was HOT and by HOT I mean humid and well……HOT. I was enjoying myself but having a VERY HARD TIME keeping my insulin cold. I was getting sick and almost had to leave, you have to expect to eat garbage food at a festival, and I was. Well, Mr. Jason rode past on his golf cart and saw I was sick. He parked and came to me and asked me if I was alright, and I explained my dilemma.
He told me to climb on to the cart and took me to the office (Scooters Bar) where Mr. Herb basically insisted I put all my insulin in his bar fridge AND granted me access to it 24-7. I was floored by this gesture of trust and concern, and from THAT day on I was part of the Muddy Roots family. This is the ONLY music festival I cover where I have attended EVERY ONE. I’m going to add this part from their email I got last month:
9 years in and we’re starting to get local support from local from municipalities and tourism boards. Here’s the thing. Y’all come to town and support local economy and mom and pop shops with your purchases. It’s getting noticed so good on ya!
Did you know that our fest attendees buy every can of Pabst Blue Ribbon from not only the venue at Muddy Roots but all stores in and near Cookeville during the festival? You came for the music but ended up supporting the locals by purchasing in town. This whole thing is bigger than us.
A few years back the Upper Cumberland Business Journal gave us an Ovation Award for tourism. Now local Chambers reach out in support. Hell, even the mayor of Oostkamp came to our Belgian Festival and played drums with the opening act last week. We’ve come a long way from just being the underground movement to making a positive impact. And we’ve done it all without compromising who we are and the music we love.
We host 2 festivals in Tennessee, 1 festival in Belgium, multiple vintage train rides out of Nashville, and own a record shop downtown. We also control a stage at the East Nashville Tomato Arts Fest and a large portion of the TN State Fair. You can count on even more projects down the road so stick around! It’s our daily goal to bring folks to town or bring our culture out to them. Every one of you play a part in that. Thank you.
On top of that, I have a day job selling real estate in Middle TN. So it’s literally my job to bring you to town and find you a place to stay. It’s an easy task for me since I love this place so much. It’s fun for me to show folks around town. That goes double if you are buying or selling a vintage home or pretty countryside estate. There are a TON of ranch homes and bungalows in the area and a hand full of neighborhoods that date back to the 1800’s. ( Shameless plug – Visit my real estate website at www.findahomeintn.com
Other than all the Muddy Roots events in Tennessee you also have a wealth of music history. We have tons of museums, landmarks, and tours. Don’t forget all the distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Oh, and have you seen our waterfalls and caves?!!! Just move here dude.
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I hope you doomer metal junkies are happy, Mr. Jason has gone ape shit mad! I need to be honest and truthful THIS IS my TOP favorite festival to go to, for many reasons and I’m sure you’ll agree with most of them I list in this article. I always take great pride in reporting on this festival because Mr. Jason makes ALL OF US a part of this festival, and always acknowledges that Muddy Roots Music Festival couldn’t happen without YOU!
In the last few years I have had the humble opportunity to watch Mr. Jason grow this little 400 person shindig that started on MySpace with a merch printing business into a GLOBAL phenomenon that has had the chance to go corporate by several offers but has chosen to remain almost completely independently run. In other words you won’t be expecting to pay 4 dollars for a bottle of water, in fact one of the special offers that was infringed upon was the free campfire wood because in 2014 someone decided to light the whole pile on fire!
You can DAMN SURE BET I watch for thieves at ALL these festivals I honor and support for the festival director AND the bands, I “hang out” at the merch tables to see shit going down it’s NOT cool and I WILL turn you in! Pickpockets and ANY rubbish I witness will be HARSHLY dealt with, and PLEASE DO NOT harass the wildlife at the The June Bug Ranch or damage Mr. Jason’s property. We are guests and we are welcome to drink and do as we please isn’t that cool enough that we don’t need to commit crimes? We have ONE rule: Don’t be a dick. You don’t have to toss your shirt over a mud puddle for a lady, but treat EVERYONE nice, we don’t have drama here.
We’re breaking all sorts of social rules. We always have!
Them: You can’t do that!
Us: I can’t even hear your mouth words.
We’re the same folks that booked Black Flag and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same lineup. Same crew that set up independent music festivals in 4 U.S. states and 2 other countries! We rock 2 record labels and slang vinyl out our record shop in a parking structure near the Ryman. We do this all out of pocket with support of blue collar folks like yourself!
WE MAKE NO SENSE TO “INDUSTRY” FOLKS! You might as well put your ipod on shuffle. Do people still have ipods? Not sure. How can you market to people without a tag or a label? We are the “in between” and there are more of us than you know. It’s more natural to not be a slave to just one genre.
And no other fool but us would be as courageous as we have been with our lineups on an independent budget. This year we really expanded our reach. It’s always our goal to find the roots of independent and organic “scenes” and bring them to our field. When you do that you find the heart in sister scenes and meld them. But 2018 we went super bold and grabbed a hand full of big dogs from the genres instead of one or two. We kept with our own brand of up and coming bands to support.
THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MUDDY THE GENRE LINES!
This is not a festival, it’s an independent movement. It has been an inspiration for dozens of smaller events like this. Be part of it.
Tickets include free camping and hot showers. Beers are cheap but you can bring your own. Vegan to BBQ to Pho vendors on site but you can cook. You are free to enjoy yourselves so long as you’re respectful to everyone else. We treat you like adults and not children in a corporate barricade. Oh, and we have 2 large waterfalls nearby.
Sponsorship, vendor booths, and advertisement are available by contacting email@example.com
We’re working on band scheduling for the Muddy Roots Music Festival now. Look for set times announced on our IG an FB. Get your tickets now HERE!
SO THE DRUMROLL PLEASE FOR THE 2018 LINEUP!
High On Fire
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
Reverend Beat Man
Jimmy Duck Holmes
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Kings Of The Fucking Sea
Those Poor Bastards
The Calamity Cubes
Sarah shook and The Disarmers
Carrie Nation And The Sepakeasy
Joshua Black Wilkins
Stump Tail Dolly
Megan Jean And The KFB
Viva Le Vox
Left Lane Cruiser
Pine Hill Haints
Rock Bottom String Band
Call Me Bronco
Andrea Colburn And Mud Mosely
Freight Train Rabbit Killer
Smoky White Devils
From Interstate 40, take exit 287 (TN-136/Hilham Road) North through the town of Cookeville. Keep left at the fork on Waterloo Road. Cross the bridge, follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile and you’re there!
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CLICK HERE for ALL frequently asked questions like camping (included) and security info, I CAN tell you NO glow sticks, pets,fireworks or firearms (please be like me and leave them home or at the hotel). The medical tent will even hold your medications for you can keep insulin cold for you. You CAN BYOB all you want and drinks and food AND the vendors are VERY reasonably priced and GOOD. Both bars offer 3 dollar tallboy PBRs and mix drink specials, ice is available via delivery to your campsite.
Hot showers are included and the port a potties are cleaned all day in the main stage area VERY NICE staff cleaning them all day. All three stages are within walking distance of one another and the merchandise area is very nice, plus there is a bar in the main area. You CAN have reasonable fires at your camping area and you CAN cook.
One cool thing is the availability of meeting the bands and artists as they spend time with EVERYONE before and after their sets and there is NO green room or areas you cannot go (however the bands DO have a private dining area where they can eat in private)….please respect their meal.
MY RESERVATION is at America’s Best Value Inn it is RIGHT ACROSS from Wal Mart and Shoney’s plus MANY more good places.
La Quinta Inn has a REALLY GOOD breakfast with HOT eggs and bacon ALL YOU WANT! A NICE clean pool and laundry facilities. This hotel is a little more money BUT it’s a GOOD bet next door to Waffle House.
My website will be handing out soap, toothbrushes and socks this year FREE also toilet paper at certain times during the festival I’ll also have sunscreen with me for everyone at ALL times. THIS FESTIVAL IS USUALLY HOT so PLEASE bring plenty of water, sunscreen and ice for yourself. Don’t try and have a liquor consumption challenge and end up in the E.R. have some drinking sense and remember the show, and the fun.
DO NOT MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR ENEMIES MISS THIS!
It’ll change all their lives.
Earlybird tickets are already sold out. Weekend passes are capped.
This will absolutely sell out.
As always with ALL my festival articles HERE is a LONG LIST of hotels right off Hwy 40, about 20 minutes from the ranch where we have this festival. I know there are many questions about this event and we have ONE RULE:
DON’T BE A DICK.
So with that in mind I’ll say there are NO golf carts allowed, I’m not sure about service animals I myself have never seen a patron with one. DRINK WATER…..IT’S HOT OUT THERE…..DRINK WATER. There is a NICE first aid station and medical corner of the main tent, THEY CAN keep insulin cold and THEY WILL lock up maintenance pills for you (I have diabetes) and I CAN AND WILL assist you personally with anything you need.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet – Nashville Area
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville
Standard option with an outdoor pool
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville
Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
Business Management Consultant · 930 Woodwinds Dr
Image Hotel Management
Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn
Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Best Western Thunderbird Motel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Comfort Inn & Suites
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Key West Inn
Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
DEAL 17% less than usual
FALL CREEK INN
Casual hotel with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
DEAL 13% off
Hampton Inn Cookeville
Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
Alpine Lodge & Suites
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
DEAL 23% less than usual
Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel
Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville
Relaxed hotel with free hot breakfast
Red Roof Inn Crossville
Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi