2016's 31 Hottest Country Tours and Festivals

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Muddy Roots Music Festival
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Muddy Roots Music Festival

Location: Cookeville, Tennessee

Dates: September 2nd – 5th

Headliners: Del McCoury Band, the Melvins, Bonnie Prince Billy 

Why You Should Go: There are lots of camp-in-the-mud-and-hear-epic-music kind of fests, but Muddy Roots draws people to tiny Cookeville, Tennessee, for three days of hillbilly, bluegrass and punk (Seriously. Black Flag played in 2013). The lineup this year includes the Del McCoury Band, Calamity Cubes and blues great L.C. Ulmer, along with psychobilly pioneer J.D. Wilkes (pictured). People come the first time for the eclectic music, but like a Bonnaroo for the country set, they come back again for the community.

Tickets: Pre-sales will be capped at 1,000 to try to keep crowds manageable. $75-$150; lower rates available for kids' tickets; higher including cabin rental

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