Fri-Sun, August 6, 7, 8 1976
7 mi. N of Galax, VA
New River Jam Site
Appearing on one stage: Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Vassar Clements, Ry Cooder, John Hartford, Osborne Brothers, The Rowans, John Prine, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doc & Merle Watson, The Dillards, Hickory Wind, New Grass Revival, David Bromberg, Red, White and Bluegrass, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Papa John Creach, Eric Weisberg and Deliverance, Star Spangled Washboard Band, Grass On The Rocks, Good Ol' Boys and Joe and Bing.
Days of Fun and Music, all 23 bands for only $12.00!
"The Woodstock Of Bluegrass"
Exact duplicate of the Original
Vinyl (4ml) UV coated BUMPER STICKER 11” x 3”
1 Sticker $5.00
3 Stickers $10.00 (give one to a friend)
(Incl. processing & shipping)
White Only, Fruit of the Loom
100% Cotton. Bands listed on back
$22.00 incl S/H
2 for $41.00 incl S/H
WHITE Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, 2XL (add$2)
KHAKI, POWDER BLUE, ASH Sizes: S, M, L
I'd like to thank the throngs of wild people who went to Stompin 76, who are still alive, and those of you who contacted me over the past years since the net emerged.
It's great to hear your stories after all of these years. Now with facebook's new group: "I was there at Stompin 76" the legend continues and is growing. The web has provided us with a virtual gathering farm once more. Those raw days back then, we were all so young, so carefree. Stompin was the biggest party that year and in retrospect one of the biggest outdoor camping festivals in modern American music history. You were all parking and camping all over that poor county (Carroll). The State Police Commandant flew in on his helicopter just to let me know that my customers were parking on his interstate 11 miles away and walking in. He wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I didn't have a good answer so he left.
Those of us that were there will never forget the freedom that was had by all and how simple it all was back then. Long live bluegrass and blues! I'm glad me and my mates pulled off the biggest bluegrass party in Southwest Virginia history. It was for us at that time! Now we can live the memories all over again. Just once in time, we enjoyed each other en mass to the sounds of non-stop Stompin Stars for a whole weekend, way back in a hot Southern August. Stay young, keep Stompin! Forever Yer Pal, Hal Davidson, 2009.
This is to commemorate that classic bluegrass festival, the people that ventured there and to stir the spirit once more so that the Stompin Spirit lingers!
For 3 days in August 1976, 8 mi. north of Galax, Va., on Lawson's Farm, we called the New River Jam Site, just a stone's throw from the North Carolina border, bluegrass and blues abounded. Outdoor Music festival lovers from all parts gathered for that historic event. Stompin 76 was the bluegrass festival that made bluegrass cool and exposed it to an entire eastern nation's youth that year.
Appearing on one stage: Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Vassar Clements, Ry Cooder, John Hartford, Osborne Brothers, The Rowans, John Prine, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doc & Merle Watson, The Dillards, Hickory Wind, New Grass Revival, David Bromberg, Red, White and Bluegrass, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Papa John Creach, Eric Weisberg and Deliverance, Star Spangled Washboard Band, Grass On The Rocks, Good Ol' Boys and Joe and Bing. 3 Days of Fun and Music, all for only $12.00!
The T-shirts list everyone one of these bands on the back. Wear it to your favorite music festival and we'll guarantee you'll make new friends.Stompers are everywhere!
Doyle Lawson's Farm mentioned herein, is not the performer, the name is a coincidence. Though the performer was part of the incredible Country Gentleman at the time, they were not booked, nor did they appear at Stompin 76.
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Stompin 76 by Silvia Hoefnagels (aka Salix Tree)
"Long long ago, my husband (who was then my boyfriend) and myself, and his brother and bro's girl went to a music festival in the mountains of Virginia. We had forgotten to bring the tent poles, so I went to the woods nearby to get branches, to which we tied the tent. Having no camera with me, I just had to draw a pic of the place. That's me in the little tent. Everyone was camped in this big cow pasture, and there was a great festival atmosphere going on."
This festival is one of my very great memories
of my 21st year, a momentous summer all-in-all.
Drove down in a caravan with several friends
from Fairfax Virginia and we talk and laugh
about that trip to this day! What a wonderful
capstone to our Bi-Centennial Summer. I still
have the ticket stub in my scrapbook along
with scores of other concerts through the
years, but this one was truly unique. Even
the myriad Bluegrass festivals I've attended,
and the great music I've seen will never
measure up.Only one problem....my dog
literally ate my Stompin' tee shirt in, I think,
79. Your web site has shirts for sale, so I'm
gonna order me one. thx for the memories!
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