Hometeam New Year’s Rally Tier 2 Tickets on Sale Wednesday

We are less than three weeks away from the always amazing Hometeam New Year’s Rally at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Florida, December 27-29. As you’ve probably heard by now, the county imposed new rules on the festival site at Maddox, severely limiting the number of tickets available. The 2018 edition was much smaller than previous years.

That will be true again this year. Tier 1 tickets sold out almost immediately. What few tickets remain for Tier 2 will go on sale this Wednesday, December 11, at noon. You know what you need do.

The Melody Trucks Band – Matt Hillman

We were thrilled to splash the first round of artists almost a month ago, including The Ain’t Sisters, Ajeva, Anthill Cinema (formerly The Difference), The Applebutter Express, Between Bluffs, Bonnie Blue, CopE, Custard Pie, Guavatron, Holey Miss Moley, The Honey Hounds, Legacy Orchestra Collective, The Reality, and The Melody Trucks Band.

Now it’s time to examine round two, and there’s no denying this is one super lineup. We’d be lying if we didn’t say that the new regional supergroup Tire Fire isn’t at the top of the list. Bluegrass fusion from the Southeast, Tire Fire features Devin Harris (dobro), Dani Jaye (fiddle), Trey Miller (banjo), Chris Ricker (guitar), and Sean Hartley (bass). We’ve seen each of them in a number of bands over the years (Hartley has too many to count), and what they bring together is simply amazing. You’ll see!

Tire Fire

Then add in two amazing string bands who have been lighting it up at festivals and stages throughout Florida and beyond: Free Range Strange and Firewater Tent Revival. FRS tore it up at Suwannee Roots Revival; FTR did the same at Suwannee Hulaween, and both of them kicked it at the inaugural Danksgiving Festival.

Free Range Strange – Photo courtesy of Kerry Barbato/Setlist.com

S.P.O.R.E. have re-established themselves as a premier prog rock and jamtronic band, so hold on to your hats and fasten your seatbelts. The Good Wood Band also played Hulaween recently and offer a fun set of originals and covers.

S.P.O.R.E. – OBJ Photo credit: Mandi Nulph

Legacy Orchestra Collective, whom we mentioned before, might involve just about anybody on the scene — and probably will. The same will true for Este Loves and whatever motley crew she assembles, and that goes triple for Funky D’s Jam. Who doesn’t want in on that ?!?

Este Loves – David Lee / Gypsyshooter

More? Hell, yes! Eclectic rock from Tampa rolls in the form of Somatic, and there will be hip hop jam from Golden Era.

Roosevelt Collier and Matt Lapham – Jeff Moellering / snapzalot.com

Still not enough? Five artists at large will be on hand; you can count on them hopping on stage early and often. The crew is led by The Dr., Roosevelt Collier. The Rev. Funky D is also on the list, as is Tony Tyler, leader of Tony Tyler Trance and Come Back Alice. Matt Lapham (Shak Nasti) wields one of the most wicked basses anywhere on the planet, and last but absolutely not least is Trey Miller. Miller has been part of some many fine bands and also ran Li’l Econ Love Fest at Maddox some years back; now he is with Tire Fire.




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