Bikes And Bands At The Tennessee Motorcycle And Music Revival

Southern hospitality, Tennessee style

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Family-friendly shows took place all weekend, fueling the party with great music.Courtesy of Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival

As I sat in the wake of Sturgis Bike Week, taking a quiet moment in the airport to gather myself before my flight home, I looked to my right and saw another partygoer suffering the repercussions of the week's antics. Knowing exactly what this man was going through, I decided to take one for the team and keep an eye on boarding so we both didn't miss our flights, but we started into a conversation and made quick friends. His name was Buck Shaw and after only a few moments talking about the Wild Gypsy Tour I had just finished running, he started telling me about his event: the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival. It only took a few details and I was planning my trip to Tennessee for what would soon prove to be one of the most amazing weekends of my life.

The Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival (TMMR) is a four-day festival located at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, a historical and iconic gem that resides just outside of Nashville in Hurricane Mills. If you know anything about classic country, then you know about Loretta Lynn and her legacy that has lived on through generations, a pinnacle figure in the realm of music, women’s empowerment and all things country. In addition, Loretta Lynn’s estate is also home to Butcher Holler Home Place, a simulated coal mine, Frontier Homestead, Native American Artifact Museum, Grist Mill, Loretta’s Plantation Home, and her 18,000-square-foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Museum. The ranch is undoubtedly one of the most legendary venues east of the Mississippi River.

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There was plenty of room for camping around Loretta Lynn’s estate.Courtesy of Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival

TMMR started in 2017 and came back this last year with guns blazing. Determined to provide an epic experience for motorcyclists, music buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, TMMR included activities like Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death, Bill Dodge BC Moto Invitational featuring custom builds by badasses like Pat Patterson from Led Sled and Paul Wideman from Bare Knuckle Choppers. There was an art exhibit featuring Bryan Helm Photography and Nashville’s Rob Nemeth, as well. We also all had the opportunity to rock out to live performances by Yelawolf, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks, Sister Antics, and many more. So many great memories were made that weekend!

My experience at the 2018 TMMR event was beyond what I ever could have expected. I truly had one of the best times of my life riding around the ranch with friends, racing around the flat track with new comrades, listening to great bands, jumping off rope swings into the creek, and tasting all kinds of Southern-style food and beverages. Thinking back on it, I’m very grateful I met Buck Shaw at the airport back in August. Thank goodness I made the decision to stay awake that afternoon and participate in this crazy thing called life.

Loretta Lynn’s estate
Riders on all sorts of bikes came out to Loretta Lynn’s to enjoy music and comradery with other motorcycle enthusiasts!Courtesy of Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival
Wall of Death
Rhett Rotten's Wall of Death at the TMMR.Courtesy of Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival

Fortunately, I was able to spend a few days post-event with the TMMR crew, and get the inside scoop on all the things they’re planning for 2019’s festival. The Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival will take place this October 10–13, 2019, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The Revival will showcase the area’s depth and devotion to music, motorcycles, food, art, entertainment, and Southern hospitality...Tennessee style.

Minibike races
Minibike races are always a fun, rowdy time!Courtesy of Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival

To learn more about TMMR visit: motorcyclesandmusic.com