Labor Day Weekend is in its final approach, and that means Muddy Roots Music Festival is nearly here. We’re waiting until the last minute to pack our tents and beer, so what better time than now to discuss that unique cocktail of music that is Muddy Roots?
The festival kicks off in Cookeville this Thursday night with two fantastic acts, Woody Pines and Jake Orvis & The Broken Band, and then goes full throttle with all three stages Friday afternoon through the early morning hours of Monday. We are posting our top picks from each day of the festival, so check here for Friday’s favorites, here for Saturday’s picks, and, after the jump below for some Saturday’s most-anticipated bands. Tickets for Muddy Roots Music Festival are still available here!
Sunday | Ol’ Wood Stage | 10pm
Bobby Bare ascended to the status of Nashville recording artist royalty in the 1960s while working with the legendary Chet Atkins and then rocketed to the stratosphere in 1970 when he began collaborating with writer Shel Silverstein. Despite his success and strong connections in Nashville, he maintained an outsider mindset which, along with his willingness to record songs from folk and rock artists, established strong credibility with rock fans which is still evident today.
Sunday | Cracker Swamp Stage | 4:30pm
The Whistle Pigs are one that impressed us at the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender last May. Their combination of bluegrass, accordion, and humor made for a memorable performance that makes us excited to see them again this weekend in Cookeville.
TERRY “HARMONICA” BEAN
Sunday | Trailer Stage | 3pm
We haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Terry “Harmonica” Bean live in action, but we have heard a lot of this stuff, and he’s the real deal. This Mississippi blues man is a triple threat on vocals, guitar, and harmonica who often plays as a one-man-band (which he does exceptionally well), but he also performs sometimes with a backing band. We’re excited to see what he’ll have in store for us on Sunday.
Sunday | Ol’ Wood Stage | 8:30pm
Speaking of impressive one-man-bands with vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Joseph Huber is a singer/songwriter with a very engaging folk country sound. This Muddy Roots recording artist has fostered a broad appeal with a combination of beautiful music and songwriting, so it is no wonder why he has become a Muddy Roots staple.