Invasion of the Muckleheads

Kingsport natives Joie Todd Kerns and Johnny Pyro are currently developing a plan, which could lead to a massive resurgence of Muckleheads. (Cousin Eugene, if you’re reading this – put away your potato/alien masher and calm down. Muckleheads are not aliens from the planet Mucklenut.)

Muckleheads are supporters of Mucklewain, a Southern American Rock Festival. Mucklewain is billed as a “literate” celebration of contemporary Southern culture, music and art.

The inaugural Mucklewain was held in August of 2006 at *Whicker Park in Harriman, Tenn., 35 miles west of Knoxville. Another festival is scheduled for September 28 and 29th of this year in Pinewood.

Last year, the “working-man’s” festival generated a bit of positive buzz. The celebration boasted low ticket prices ($30-$45), beer for $2 and an impressive lineup, which included Steve Earle, Lucero, Todd Snider, Jason Ringenberg, Allison Moorer, beer for $2, Kevn Kinney, Scott Miller & the Commonwealth, Garrison Starr, the Katies, American Minor, Will Hoge, beer for $2, Trent Summar & the New Row Mob, Les Honky More Tonkies, Mic Harrison & the Hi-Score, Tennessee Rounders, Caddle, Cory Branan, Dash Rip Rock, beer for $2, Brian Waldschlager, The Yayhoos, Glossary, Ballhog, Malcolm Holcombe, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Webb Wilder, David Mead, Cary Hudson, Patty Hurst Shifter. Photos of the 2006 Festival taken by Nashville photog, Brannon Segroves can be viewed here. And did I mention that they had beer for $2?

The 2007 Artist Line-Up has not yet been announced; however, ticket information, schedules and updates will be available on either the Mucklewain website or Mucklewain on MySpace.

* Chuck Whicker, a musician and longtime friend of the Kerns family, volunteered his farm in Harriman.

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