Reviving the Soul at Wildwood Revival

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Just outside of Athens, GA, on a historic 30-acre farm there is an intimate, thoughtfully curated boutique festival being held this weekend. Tailored towards a truly unique music and cultural experience for all, Wildwood Revival‘s three-day event combines the soul of a juke joint, the wild spirit of a honky tonk, and the camaraderie of a supper club. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and everything in between.

“One of our goals with Wildwood Revival is to ‘revive community’ as well as support the style of music and makers who are bringing back the sounds and craftsmanship of older times,” says Festival co-founder Libby Rose.” We wanted to take the feeling you get from visiting places like small town juke joints, honky tonks, farmers markets, swap meets, front porch parties and supper clubs and bring those elements to the farm in the form of a festival.”

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The lineup boasts the likes of Gillian Welch, The Lone Below, Houndmouth, Hackensaw Boys, Legendary Shack Shakers, and many more. In addition to the music, Wildwood Revival features a plethora of activities. From nights that are filled with dance parties, sing-a-longs under the stars, and bonfires, to morning yoga classes, wiffle ball games and farm-to-table brunches, this festival is truly unlike any other.

If you find yourself close to Athens this weekend, make sure Wildwood Revival is on your radar and you make your way to one of the most unique festivals in the Southeast.

It all started when a much younger Jackie dove into her parents’ record collection, grabbed that trippy Magical Mystery Tour album, and played “Strawberry Fields” over and over again until it was engrained into her soul. She grew up on the dreams and stories of Simon and Garfunkel, “Bleeker Street” being one of her favorites, the seduction of The Doors, Van Morrison, because “Brown Eyed Girl” is definitely her song, and the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix…you get the picture. It may not show on the outside, but Jackie has a hippie heart, and that reflects in her musical tastes today. While some of her favorites may or may not be jam bands, her taste in music feeds into many genres. From alternative, Brit, and indie rock - OK, maybe all rock - to pop, to rap, to electronic, she loves it all. As a northerner, she thought she would never understand country until she found herself on a Georgia farm in cowboy boots watching Luke Bryan shake it for her- yeah, she got that. She is a chronic wanderluster, she doesn't believe in guilty pleasures, enjoys a great Moscow Mule, and is an absolute music festival fanatic- you’ll find her wherever the music takes her.

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