• Chandler Durden | Staff Writer

Just around the corner

With Deep Roots just around the corner, bands are packing up and heading out to play our most anticipated annual event here in downtown Milledgeville.

Milledgeville Mainstreet always brings the heat when booking for the festival’s concert. With previous acts such as Perpetual Groove, The Dirty Guv’nahs and last year’s headliner Judah and the Lion, Milledgeville Mainstreet never disappoints, and this year’s lineup won’t break that streak.

Five bands are set to perform at this year’s Deep Roots Festival.

The concert will start in the late afternoon with McCook & Martin.

Dusty McCook and Richard Martin are a southern alternative rock duo from middle Georgia who play together in a band called Free Lance Ruckus. They describe their sound as if Bob Dylan and Brad Nowell had a child, and if Frank Zappa and Johnny Paycheck had a child, and the two offsprings mated.

Safe to say, this band has many influences and will have a diverse show.

Next up will be Trae Pierce and the T-Stones. Trae Pierce is a four-time Grammy award-winning bassist and a former member of world-famous band the Ohio Players, Trae Pierce has put together a group of young musicians who produce hard-edge funk and hip hop fused with rock.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Drivin N Cryin is next on the lineup.

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1985, this rock band has released over 16 albums and has been non-stop touring in the southeast for over 30 years. Their rock sound has put them on stage with world-renowned acts such as Lynard Skynard, Sonic Youth and Neil Young.

Lead singer and guitarist Kevn Kinney said this about Drivin N Cryin’s sound: “We are a band that’s like your record collection.”

Their name is a direct reflection of the eclectic nature of their sound, Kinney said. A little driving and rock-and-roll mixed with a bit of country twang.

The band said they have an arsenal of songs and a full tank of gas.

Following Drivin N Cryin is alternative soul duo Muddy Magnolias. Made up of vocalists Kallie North and Jessy Wilson, the Nashville born duo has played numerous music festivals like Lollapalooza, Hangout Fest, Austin City Limits and even the CMA Music Festival.

The ladies’ voices have been described as a melding of city grit and delta dirt.

Finally, headlining the festival is Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

Hailing from Boone, North Carolina, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, or RKS, is an alternative rock band with distinct harmonies and introspective lyrics. Some have said they are a mesh of Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse.

RKS was recently on Vh1’s show “Make a Band Famous.” After the television appearance, the band continued to gain notoriety, landing a spot on Spotify’s top 50 chart with their hit song “Devil Like Me.”

These five bands are tuning up and ready to hit the Milledgeville stage very soon.

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