Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 1973

The birth of an iconic festival happened in Dripping Springs on the year of 1973! In 1972, Willie was on the lineup bill for the Dripping Springs Reunion, and fortunate for the Willie fans, the reunion did not meet expectations due to poor attendance. Nelson was interested in this concept and in 1973, he decided to host the first annual Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in the same place, only this time, Willie brought over 40,000 hippies and rednecks. The Picnic lost money, but launched a Texas tradition.
The lineup was: Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Tex Ritter, Bill Monroe.
“It was miserable and it was great, one of the glorious heathen stomps between the Americas of J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy and Ronald Reagan. Many had come the evening before and spent the night passing stories and hits around campfires.” – Billy Porterfield, Austin Statesman

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