Jul 032017
 

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
Cookeville, TN.
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.

DIRECTIONS:
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.

Weekend passes include FREE camping and hot showers.
Not to mention that beauty of a waterfall we have a half mile up the road.
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.
Check out all the fest pics at www.andhowimaging.com

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
Ad 4.4

$100
2-star hotel
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
Ad 4.1

$95
3-star hotel
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Motel 6
3.6

$54
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville
4.2

$112
2-star hotel
Standard option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville
4.8

$116
$129
Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
Business Management Consultant · 930 Woodwinds Dr
Image Hotel Management
5.0

(1)
Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn
2.6

(31)
Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Free Wi-Fi
Best Western Thunderbird Motel
4.0

$88
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites
4.0

$85
2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech
3.8

$70
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Key West Inn
3.3

$48
2-star hotel
Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual
FALL CREEK INN
2.4

$40
$46
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 13% off
Hampton Inn Cookeville
4.2

$149
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Alpine Lodge & Suites
4.1

$48
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Eastwood Inn
2.7

(9)
Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast
5.0

(1)
Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel
2.1

(8)
Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
Travelodge Cookeville
2.7

$48
Motel
Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville
2.4

3-star hotel
Comfort Suites
4.6

$93
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Crossville
2.9

$70
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
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 *

 

The bands playing the 2017 Muddy Roots Music Festival will be sharing FREE downloads with you all year long to promote their performances in our field. Get yours now HERE.
Jul 032017
 

I’m Here tonight at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge out here in Madison Tennessee, one of my favorite live Music venues in the area. Tonight as I begin my July vacation I’ll be busy watching The Bucksnort Beauties  Miss Tommy Ash and another band I have never featured before called Patrick Kinsley And A Fistful Of Dollars.

This venue went through some changes since the last time I was here and some of them were for the best. They expanded the menu now, the last time I had their Italian Beef sandwich and I LOVED IT. Tonight’s show began later so I ate beforehand, but had a later snack. They now have table numbers like the Palace does, and I noticed they had a pretty cool POS system there.

They moved the jukebox and the wall of records to another spot on the bar, and they still play decent REAL MUSIC when the bands aren’t playing. I pretty much had no complaints about the entire evening whatsoever, and will of course continue to come here for shows when I can. YOU MUST go see Mr. Joe my big buddy and tip him good please, we have been friends many years. Many good stories of being around him, and many good bands were enjoyed around him. Also Miss Amy Dee Richardson whom also bar tends, stop and see them BOTH, watch some Dukes Of Hazzard on the TV or Bonanza and hear some REAL Country Music. I give this place FIVE STARS, MUCH better menu and FUN!

OK So I ran a contest that night and it stated that anyone whom guessed where I was going to go eat would be mentioned in this article. It was my good friend Miss Gail Norman and she works at Roberts Western World and also here in Springfield at Willie Mae’s Barbecue. So when you are in my area go stop and see her, and say hello because the food is wonderful, and please tell her I said hello.

The Bucksnort Beauties were up to play first, and played several new songs, and I’ll be including several videos from those songs. One of their new singles that’s not on their EP called “Wildfire And Moonshine” was called “Cockadoodledoo”and you can read more about that album HERE. I took two videos from their performance tonight including their live performance of “Cockadoodledoo” and another called “Chuckwagon”.

Now the second video Chuckwagon got off to little rough start but dammit it was a dog gone fine song they have new there, and like last time they did a truly fine job up there tonight. Another new song they included was called “Get Down To It”,which was a pretty well written song.

Their first song was indeed one from their EP called Zachiriah Head” and that song was followed by the ever popular “Good Bad Girls” full of those gorgeous Bucksnort Beauties harmonies that one associates with this band.  They followed that song up with “Good Bad Girls” which is also on the EP.

Aw the hell with all y’all, they done went “Back To Arkansas” tonight before they  played “Boom Chicka Boom”. And one of my personal favorite songs called “Spit On the Diamond” and make it shine baby, because they are pretty much “Country Like That”.

They closed their set with a song I liked called “Whiskey Tonight”which I did indeed imbibe in as I am beginning to enjoy my vacation this week, as I prepare more Tumbleweed work and work for Muddy Roots as well.

Miss Tommy Ash WOW…I’m speechless. She brought a huge powerhouse band that displayed a Bakersfield influence as well as old style Honky Tonk. I have indeed admired her music for some time now, but until now have yet to see her live, nor have I ever had the chance to feature her on the website.

FINALLY I got to get some stuff from her and write about her music, I’m telling you cover songs don’t always make me go crazy,but when you start playing Bob McDill written Don Williams songs as rare as “She’s In Love With A Rodeo Man” you got my attention.

But see she opened with a song off her 2013 album called “Sinner’s Blood” in fact, that said album is called Sinner’s Blood, and she followed that up with a song called “When I’m Gone”. Here is a video from her set tonight featuring that very song. I mean I FOCUSED ON IT, just LISTEN to that guitar tone and that twang. I think this guitarist truly embellishes her vocals and their combined stage presence is nothing short of “right hand man” type of function so many big names had in history.

“Trip To The Moon” was next, which featured some truly amazing songwriting skills. BUT FOLKS this next song I wished I would have caught on video. I mean what is a Honky Tonk show without a drinking song like “Sugar In A Bottle”? I mean THIS SONG is COUNTRY as HELL! There is a steel guitar lick in this song that was so cool I kept turning back to it several times, I was blessed enough to get to sit and chat with Tommy’s husband (and lead guitarist) Mr. Ben Blanc Dumont and Miss Tommy herself. He had to stop during a Dwight Yoakam song and admire a certain steel guitar lick like I do, so you CAN FEEL the passion they have for this genre. It’s NOT just some show they play for tips, you can easily ascertain they do this for the LOVE of Country Music.

Her next song was a Delbert McClinton song that was recorded in 1976 by EmmyLou Harris called “Two More Bottles Of Wine” however if you are not an aficionado like we are, you might not even notice it’s a cover song at all. I overheard someone say WOW that’s a well written song she has..hmmm. The general public amazes me sometimes but nonetheless they enjoyed her.

“Ain’t Cha Mama” was next followed by “Lost It All” and possibly one called ‘sold The Farm” I’m not totally sure of the name of that one, however she did effectively alter “Only Momma That’ll Walk The Line” and closed her set with “Keeping The House”. Altogether I would have to say THIS WAS one of the better sets overall I have been to so far in 2017, I am BLOWN AWAY by her power to lead such gifted band members like that. The timing was impeccable and the key modulations were flawless, not ONCE did anybody loose pace. Accompanying her and her husband are Mr. Brandon Goldstein on drums and Mr. Jeff Malinowski on bass guitar.

Patrick Kinsley And A Fistful Of Dollars was a four piece Country Rock band that I also have never witnessed before, I HAVE heard of them however. Mr. Patrick has some gritty vocals aged much more than his physical body, accompanied by hard rocking guitar tones and good beat.

“Rattling The Cage” was first an outlaw story of his father who had to take care of a loose lipped tattle tale from the eyes of himself as a child. Kind of a modern day “Coward Of The County” type deal about learning from your parent’s mistakes.

This man has pretty well written lyrics and some twisted stories with some truly good hooks. “Between Heaven” was next followed by another good one called “Bethlehem”.   So, now this video is from a song called “Don’t Wanna Fight” and I enjoyed this song VERY MUCH.

See I related WELL to this song. I’m too old for that fighting bullshit no more, and I don’t party and drink like I used to..those days are over with. I defiantly need to sit and chat with these boys further one day in the future and you can DAMN sure bet I will be seeking them out later on. There were some lead guitar licks in this song that were great, and it truly spoke out for the soldiers that don’t wanna fight no more. He truly has empathy for our men and women over there fighting for our right to be there enjoying music.

“Little Tin House” was next followed by ‘Holding What We Got”. They closed their set with “Poison” and a song called “A Little Further North”.

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