Muddy Roots Music Festival returns

Ninth annual celebration of the tangled and muddy roots of American music rocks fans of punk, metal, country, blues and all points in between

COOKEVILLE —Thousands of music fans will descend on the June Bug Boogie Ranch, just outside of Cookeville, for the ninth annual Muddy Roots Music Festival — Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. The five-day event features performances by over 65 bands embodying the tangled and muddy roots of American music — from punk and metal to blues and country — along with on-site camping facilities, visual arts displays, and unique vendors including the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store.

This year’s schedule includes renowned doom metal acts Sleep and Fu Manchu on Friday;hardcore punk pioneers Reagan Youth, T.S.O.L. and Murphy’s Law on Saturday; and punk/alternative rock legends the Dead Boys, Meat Puppets, and X on Sunday. Interwoven
throughout all four days of the outdoor festival is an astounding and diverse line-up of artists that includes Sleep off-shoot bands High on Fire and Om, Alabama rockers the Dexateens, psychobilly founding father Kid Congo & amp; the Pink Monkey Birds, blues legend Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, classic country maestro Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners, alt-country rockers Wovehand, Euro-garage punk duo Reverend Beat-Man & Nicole Garcia, and many more.

Each year the Muddy Roots Music Festival attracts thousands of attendees from around the world who camp on the rolling and scenic hills of June Bug Boogie Ranch, creating a temporary, mini-community that embodies the festival’s independent spirit and eclecticism. In 2015, the festival received the Ovation Award for “Excellence in Tourism Promotion” from the Upper Cumberland Business Journal.

“The mission of Muddy Roots has always been to promote country, blues, Americana, bluegrass, punk rock, metal and everything in between through our events,” Music Roots Music president Jason Galaz says. “We build the fan base of independent bands we love by placing them on stage with musical legends and bands that have much larger followings. Muddy Roots is about building musical communities with a dedication to diversity and openness.”

Tickets for the full four-day Muddy Roots Music Festival are $125, $110 for three days (Friday-Sunday), $90 for two days (Saturday-Sunday) and $45 for Sunday-only day passes. All include camping privileges. Tickets and information for the Muddy Roots Music Festival are available at


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