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.
This article is my yearly dig into the muddy world of Cookeville on Labor Day Weekend of which I proudly have not missed a year of yet, and I don’t plan to. If you have medical problems this festival can take GOOD care of you and it’s VERY safe at least in MY adventures it has been. So let’s get into the where how why and whats of our 2016 Muddy Roots “main festival” in Cookeville Tennessee Onnnnnn:
Aug 31- Sep 3, 2017
It’s the great Muddy Roots “Homecoming!” We’re calling all bands and friends from around the globe to come on back home to the field that started it all. Over 100 bands are playing! You can expect everything from Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Blues to Punk Rock and everything in between. This is the #1 DIY fest in the world which really means it’s a big ass backyard party.
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.
Earlybird tickets have sold out.
Not to mention that beauty of a waterfall we have a half mile up the road.
DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR ENEMIES MISS THIS!
It’ll change all their lives.
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.
WHERE CAN I BE FOUND? GOOD QUESTION:
The Rebel K Child jewelry vendor booth will be the official hangout for Gary Hayes and my website. I’ll have my own Wi Fi out there this year, and I’ll be handing out toilet paper and dry socks if weather is nasty.
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
JAMES HAND * SPIDER STACY OF THE POGUES W/ LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS * THE MONSTERS * LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS * WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE * SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB * SCOTT H.BIRAM * ANTiSEEN* POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES* THE GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTLET * LARRY AND HIS FLASK * BOB WAYNE *
THE PINE BOX BOYS * THE GODDAMN GALLOWS *
ROBERT LEE “LIL POOCHIE” WATSON AND HEZEKIAH EARLY* THE TILLERS* URBAN PIONEERS* JOSEPH HUBER* J.P.HARRIS* ZANDER SCHLOSS* JAMES HUNNICUTT* wILLY tEA tAYLOR* THE CALAMITY CUBES * BLACK EYED VERMILLION* REVEREND BEAT-MAN * JAYKE ORVIS *
* JOE BUCK YOURSELF* JAMES LEG* LEFT LANE CRUISER* THE HILLBILLY CASINO* DYLAN WALSHE * DANA SIPOS * KING MUD * PINATA PROTEST * SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS * STUMP TAIL DOLLY * GALLOWS BOUND* RSTEVRANT * AMERICAN SPEEDWAY * GRAVELROAD* SODA GARDOCKI*
DALLAS MOORE* REVEREND RED * DUANE MARK* GLADE CITY ROUNDERS* RACHEL KATE * TAIL LIGHT REBELLION* BLACK IRISH TEXAS* VIVA LE VOX
* LOU SHIELDS * BLACK TARPOON * THE BIG SKY * BLACKGRASS GOSPEL *
A PONY NAMED OLGA * HUSKY BURNETTE * THE DIRTY MUGS * JIMMY SWOPE * DIRTFOOT * SWEET GA BROWN * THE MENDERS * SCISSORMEN * WICKLOW ATWATER AND THE FALLEN FLAME * ROCK BOTTOM STRING BAND * WHISKEY DICK * CALL ME BRONCO * CANNIBAL RAMBLERS * WOODLAND REMEDY * IMPERIAL ROOSTER * LONE WOLF OMB * C.W. AYON * EVERYMEN * W. D. MILLER & THE REVOLVERS * SMOKESTACK RELICS * SEAN K. PRESTON * DEAD SOLDIERS * RL COLE * BROKEN BOW * A.J. GAITHER OMB * MIKEY CLASSIC & FISHGUTZZZ * MOOSE’S LAST STAND * NOAH TYSON * LOST DOG STREET BAND * THEM OLD CRAP
* LAST FALSE HOPE *JB BEVERLEY & THE WAYWARD DRIFTERS *
MARK “PORKCHOP” HOLDER * RICHIE OWENS AND THE FARM BUREAU * ASKULTURA * MOONSHINE WAGON * TOM VANDENAVOND * SAWYER FAMILY * SS WEB * TIM EASTON * ACOUSTA NOIR * SEXX * DEAD BRONCO * RT & THE 44’S * LARA HOPE & THE ARK-TONES * THE HARMED BROTHERS * RICKETT PASS * JOHN THE REVELATOR * EL ESCAPADO * TEJON STREET CORNER THIEVES * TIM VEE *