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Texas’ Country Woodstock

It was 1972 that the Dripping Springs Reunion took place…but what was that exactly?

An outdoors festival that was one of the first to draw hippies and traditional country fans together with a lineup that included Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, Tex Ritter and Tom T. Hall.  72 DSprings Music Fest

It was also not much of a success, in fact, all lost money on the event.  But what it did do was help establish what we all know as Texas music!

Willie Nelson biographer Joe Nick Patoski told a few years ago that he knows why it was so important:

“The Reunion helped spark the rise of progressive country music and recognition of Austin as a music hub,” Patoski said recently by email. “Without it, Willie might have gone back to Nashville … and the great migration of musical talent from around the state, nation and world to Austin would have never happened.

“And without Willie, there would be no high-tech industry, no Creative Class, no Live Music Capital of the World designation, no ‘Austin City Limits,’ and no South by Southwest.  Honest.”

You can read the entire article here but I just thought it was super interesting especially since so many people wonder how and when this whole progressive country scene started:


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