by Lee Stabert
Do it! There's still time.
Southern-Fried FestThe Truckers and Lucero on back-to-back nights! I think my head might explode.
MUCKLEWAIN SOUTHERN FESTIVAL Last year's Mucklewain may not have smashed attendance records, but after a summer of overblown, hyper-paced, sponsorship-saturated festivals, its casual charm and easiness on the wallet were as refreshing as all those $2 cans of High Life. This year, organizer Joie Todd Kerns has moved the fest from East Tennessee to Pinewood, Tenn., just 45 miles west of the city, and extended it to two days. The lineup will continue to showcase some of the best offbeat Southern rock around, including locals Todd Snider, Bobby Bare Jr., Dixie Dirt and Glossary, and acts such as Lucero, former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and a reunited Drivin' 'n' Cryin'. Standouts from the Songwriter Stage include veteran eccentric Malcolm Holcombe, former Nashvillian Cory Branan and local retro-country gals Those Darlins. For more information, visit mucklewain.com. Sept. 28-29 in Pinewood, Tenn. —LEE STABERT