I recently ran across a six year old article in Philadelphia Weekly on a very famous country music park in SE Pennsylvania, “Sunset Park”, which hosted country music shows in the 50s and 60s. This was back when there was still country in country music.
For a dollar, one could sit on a plank bench during a balmy afternoon or summer evening and watch “package shows” by people such as Bill Monroe, Hank Snow, Merle Travis, The Stanly Brothers, and The Stoneman Family, all performing from the Sunset Park stage two or three hours’ drive from Nashville. This was the time before BG festivals, with a mixture of various styles of country music just like you could hear over the radio in those days. It didn’t happen just in PA of course. For example, there were similar shows in the county park off of Hwy 33 between Ventura and Ojai, though you weren’t going to get the variety of big stars that venues closer to Nashville featured…
We’ve reprinted the entire article with added photos, most of which were taken at Sunset Park. ***Click Here*** for the article.