Rolling Stone’s Hottest, Filled with Tennessee Influence

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rolling Stone Country recently named 2016's 31 Hottest Country Tours and Festivals, and it seems they are aware that the Soundtrack of America truly is “Made in Tennessee.”

In addition to highlighting tours of numerous Tennessee residents, such as Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Jason Isbell, Keith Urban and others, some of Tennessee’s most influential music festivals made the cut as well.

Formerly known as “Fan Fair,” the long-time Tennessee-based music festival, CMA Music Festival was on the list, taking place in Nashville each year in June and welcoming more than 87,000 fans to Music City.

Noted as “a lot like Bonnaroo for the country set,” Cookeville’s Muddy Roots Music Festival draws attendees in September for a camp-site music festival and three days of hillbilly, bluegrass, and punk.

Another Nashville festival in the RSC spotlight is the Americana Music Festival and Conference, held in September on stages throughout Music City, bringing American roots-music diehards and fans of classic and new artists together.

And, Rolling Stone Country certainly couldn’t forget to feature a festival taking place each year where it all started. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion jams out to bluegrass, country, roots and Appalachian mountain music every September in “The Birthplace of Country Music.” The event is managed by the Birthplace of Country Music nonprofit, which also manages the local Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Radio Bristol.

"Rolling Stone is one of the most influential music publications in the world," said Leah Ross, executive director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the festival's parent organization. "It's humbling and rewarding that Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is being recognized alongside some of the greatest events in the country."

For a full listing from Rolling Stone, click here.


IMAGE: The Del McCoury Band, Muddy Roots Festival, Cookeville

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