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Muddy Roots Music Festival


By Kim Grant

There is only one place you can find punk bands like The Dwarves and The Dead Kennedys mixing it up with country roots artists Mike and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and Jaime Wyatt, and that place is the Muddy Roots Festival.  Located halfway between Nashville and Knoxville, Junebug Ranch is a biker rally property that lends itself to the Muddy Roots family every year now for the 10th year running.

Founder Jason Galaz presents Muddy Roots events all year long and ropes in other promoters to make the Muddy Roots Music Festival happen.  They have a European crew from Belgium as reinforcements to help with the crowd swell in the field. Justin Boot, the promoter of the Trapper Creek Music Festival in Alaska is returning to provide and host the Open Mic stage. The Crying Wolf Bar in East Nashville will be hosting a pool party, and Rya Sweeney, the promoter of the Sweet Time Fest has curated an entire stage for them.

“Jason does an amazing job handpicking the lineup every year from punk to roots to straight Americana Country so there is something for every type of string-style music enthusiast,” says alt-country artist Charlie Overbey. “It’s like a huge pot of the best badass gumbo ever cooked up, and every year he seems to make it even tastier.”

Three days of music, camping and vendors in beautiful Tennessee and as the website promotes, “Come spend your Labor Day weekend with a whole lot of cool people.” And please note that there are no dogs allowed.

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Kim Grant

Kim Grant

After growing up listening to Dolly, Merle and Willie, Kim Grant spent the 90’s immersed in the Chicago indie rock scene. Spending many nights at the famed (now-defunct) venue Lounge Ax, bands like Bad Livers, Giant Sand, Handsome Family, Palace Brothers and Wilco turned her on to what was then called Alt-Country. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, she found this same feeling of musical community at a tiny west side bar called The Cinema Bar where she met artists, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks, Tony Gilkyson, Ramsay Midwood, and Kip Boardman. These talented folks spurred her enthusiasm for the Southern California roots music scene and the Americana music scene as a whole. Now a music publicist, Grant (alongside Liz Garo and Pam Moore) founded the Los Angeles, weekly roots music series, The Grand Ole Echo in 2005. Also with Garo, Grant helped to curate the Roots Roadhouse American-roots music festival in both 2011 and 2012. Also in 2011 she began co-producing a SXSW day party with Julie Richmond titled, Grand Ole Austin which is still going strong. Visit TJ West on fb and kgmusicpress.com.
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