PossumStock, Clarksville’s Underground Music Festival, Continues to Cultivate Local Musicians

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) — The closure of a local music hangout prompted local musician Cody Parson to create an event to showcase local musicians.

“I started PossumStock in 2014,” Parson said. “Our independent music venue, called The Coup, was going bankrupt. When The Coup ended, I was really worried that there wouldn’t be more things centered and based on the local,” he said.

Parson said The Coup was important. “It was a place where a lot of local bands started playing their original music,” he said, noting that what made The Coup so special was that people of all ages could go there, play, perfect their art and network.

“I was a little worried that this was the end of that scene,” he said.

Parson said The Coup ended in 2014 and two months later PossumStock was born. “It’s a bit like Woodstock,” he said. “I threw it by my high school that freshman year, and all the country people were like, yeah!” he said. “We did it there for three years.”

COVID and weather issues

Rain, snow, sleet, or hail couldn’t stop PossumStock from happening, but COVID did.

“I got a lot of people upset about it,” he said.

When it was time to start organizing PossumStock 2021, Parson said many people asked him if he was going to organize the event.

The year after COVID, PossumStock took place again, but the weather kicked in.

“We were setting up tarps on the stages and people were playing despite the rain,” Parson said. “The show must continue.”

This year’s projects

This year’s event features nearly 40 artists. “A lot of them are local musicians, but we have others from other regions. This year we have a group from as far away as New Jersey,” he said.

The festival begins September 1 and ends September 4 at Pope Farms in Ashland City. For the full schedule and details, go to Ticket site PossumStock.

Parson said presale ticket prices are $50 through Aug. 20. Tickets can be purchased at AndVinyl Records on Franklin Street and at Revel House on University Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at bpt.me/event/5519464.

After August 20, ticket prices will go up to $60 and stay there until the week of the festival. Tickets will be $60 at the door. Day passes will cost $30.

Sales passes will cost $100 and will include 2 tickets and prime camping and setup spots closest to the stage. For more information, contact Parson at 931-241-2887.

Gerald R. Schneider