Suwannee Roots Revival: Magic Under the Oaks & Cypress Trees

If there is a music festival with a more amazing lineup of Americana, roots, folk, jam, blues, and bluegrass… never mind — there isn’t. Suwannee Roots Revival annually assembles the finest list of musicians in these genres, and again this year (and, no, there wasn’t a 2020 SRR) the lineup is mind-boggling.

We’ll list the daily schedules for Thursday through Sunday, October 14-17, but it’s easiest just to talk about the totality of the lineup, given that many artists are appearing two or three times (maybe four?) over the course of the fest.

Before we do that, some reminders from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida:

This family-friendly festival includes four days of music, camping, yoga, music workshops, a Kids Tent, as well as campground pickin’ sessions. Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, and biking.

Most festival artists will be around all weekend, and you can catch many of them out at the campground stages, the Bill Monroe Shrine hosted by Quartermoon, and Slopryland hosted by Sloppy Joe. In addition, there are literally dozens of camps, many of them with clever fun names, that have their own style and vibe with everyone welcome to stop in and join them. The Suwannee Roots Revival community has something going on around the clock. That said, if sleep is important to you, there are plenty of camping areas where it’s low key, so sleep is a possibility. No recorded or amplified music is permitted in the campground during this festival, so any music happening is live and acoustic.

Hosted by long time friends of SOSMP Randy Judy and Beth Judy, Suwannee Roots Revival focuses on showcasing established as well as up-and-coming roots musicians throughout a weekend laced with community based fun, growing friendships, laughing families, and that feel-good feeling you get from hanging out in such a beautiful natural setting.

SOSMP offers guest comforts including a general store, full service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms, and water stations. Upgraded camping, including RV hook ups and cabin rentals, as well as golf cart rentals are currently on sale. Reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364­-1683. 

Suwannee Roots Revival offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Student / Military Tickets are available (with a valid ID). Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Single-Day Tickets will be available at the gate only. Please note, Single-Day Tickets do not include primitive camping. For all rates, please visit the website.

Got all that? Good! Now, on to the music.

Where to start? There are so many stalwarts of the scene, bands and performers who have performed dozens upon dozens of times at various events at SoSMP. Let’s begin with Joe Craven and Painted Mandolin, who have the honor of Thursday’s first set at 4 p.m. 

Joe Craven-Photo by David Lee

Some of the very best bands in the business: Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, The Grass is Dead, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Keller & the Keels, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, Peter Rowan and Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs, Infamous Stringdusters, Larry Keel Experience, and Jon Stickley Trio.

Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Air Force Photo by Rick Davidson

Legendary and much-loved artists, too: Jim Lauderdale, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Verlon Thompson, Ralph Roddenbery, and Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp.


With almost all artists and groups performing multiple days, you actually CAN see and hear everyone at some point on the Amphitheater Stage, Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage, Music Tent, and/or Music Farmers Tent.  

Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Beth and Randy Judy. 📷: David Lee

Suwannee Roots Revival starts Thursday. There’s still time to get in on the action! You KNOW your heart is screaming out for this!


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