First held on August 19, 2006, at Whicker Park in Harriman, Tennessee, the first year featured artists such as Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Will Hoge, and Allison Moorer. In 2007 the festival expanded from one day to two, and moved to Pinewood, Tennessee.
Mucklewain was conceived from the notion that there are rock and roll bands and songwriters in the South, whose musical "voice" is underexposed in relation to its impact on southern culture. Artists who have toured or are constantly touring and trying to take the rock to the people. Mucklewain's a people's festival, a southern people's festival featuring artists whose music speaks to the working southerner, and helps to shape and create a positive "southern culture".
- Craig Shelburne, "Mucklewain Festival Celebrates Southern American Rock", CMT News, August 21, 2006.
- Rick Cornell, "Mucklewain - Whicker Park (Harriman, TN), August 19, 2006" Archived September 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., No Depression, November–December 2006.
- Peter Cooper, "Mucklewain Southern Festival pumps rock 'n' roll", The Tennessean, September 24, 2007 (pay site).
- Press page, Mucklewain official website (accessed November 9, 2010).
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