In 1972, the Dripping Springs Reunion helped spark the rise of progressive country music and recognition of Austin as a music hub. Originally intended to be kind of a main stream, country Woodstock the event helped to jump start a musical revolution that continues today.
From Bill Monroe leading an all-star bluegrass cast to Charlie Rich and Buck Owens, the weekend featured Dottie West, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and of course, Willie Nelson.
Willie didn't take long at all to understand the promise and potential, and inspired Willie's inaugural Fourth of July Picnic at the same site the following year. The one-day event drew more than 40,000 and kicked off a summer tradition.
In this case, the reunion preceded the main event.
Our design harkens the original marketing for the event, with facsimile autographs of the performers.
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(A portion of the proceeds of each sale of Austin-related merchandise helps to fight homelessness in Austin through donations to the following Austin organizations we support: Caritas of Austin, Front Steps and Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center.)
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