Reviving a ranch with rock and roll history

I know a lot of you old hippie types out there have been celebrating the 50th anniversary this month of a certain famous three-day festival of “peace and music” up on Max Yasgur’s farm in New York state. But how many of you remember that we had our own little Woodstock right here in Upstate South Carolina back in the mid-70s?

It was at a venue called Charlie B’s Ranch Arena, just across the river in Oconee County, and it drew thousands upon thousands of “longhairs” from across the region for daylong events featuring the likes of Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top and the Marshall Tucker Band.

I have some very special memories of those events (although they are, admittedly, a little fuzzy), because the band I was playing with at the time, Sashay, was the warmup act for two or three of them, and it was one of the highlights of my career.

Now, the reason I’m telling y’all about this is that after a lapse of more than 40 years, the festival has been revived — sort of. Charlie B is in rock and roll heaven now, but his grandson, Nick Crenshaw, who now owns the ranch out in the country south of Seneca, has consented to let some

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