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Despite the fact that in the late 1960's and into the 1970's many saw the youth of the day as "hippies" or just generally long-haired, disheveled, acid rock lovin' kids there was one type of music that brought this scruffy bunch together with the regular mountain folk, both young and old, and that was good old fashion Bluegrass.
Whether it was down the road at Galax Fiddler's Convention or, as the picture above shows, at a local farm this grass-roots music was enjoyed by all ages. The gathering in this photo looks like "Woodstock Lite" and it may have been at Hawthorne's farm ...... it looks like the stage and the rolling land that I remember seeing.
Other festivals happened all over the New River Valley. There was at least one or two weekends at Yellow Sulphur Springs in the early 70's and who knows how many others that were more private affairs.
The point is that this music has a wonderful way of bonding otherwise dissimilar souls. Bluegrass is still a big draw at outdoor concerts.
Anyone out there have a good memory or two to share?