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Monday, March 26th, 2018

photo:  Gary Miller

Willie Nelson performs during the Luck Welcome dinner benefitting Farm Aid March 14 in Spicewood, Texas.

Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018


photo: Gary Miller

www.austinchronicle.com
by:  Doug Freeman

The lineup was also notable for reflecting the increasing resurgence of soul in the roots scene, from Gilfillian and the raw, powerful set from Philly’s Son Little to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats’ penultimate mainstage draw. The latter pulled on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who earlier in the evening shook the Revival Tent, to join for a cathartic, horn-blasted romp of “S.O.B.”

Although the Luck Reunion remains a full Nelson Family Band event, with scions Micah Nelson and Lukas Nelson getting mainstage turns and Willie’s headlining set providing the perennial close, the fest has noticeably marked the ascendancy of the latter sibling as torchbearer of the Family ethos. Case in point was his band Promise of the Real’s exceptional set that brought out this year’s special guest and chapel headliner Margo Price for “Find Yourself.” Nelson then stayed onstage for several songs supporting Kurt Vile’s mellow psychedelic jams.

photo:  Gary Miller

photo:  Gary Miller

That passing of the torch was highlighted in Willie’s own set as well. While the patriarch sounded in fine form, voice as full as it’s been in years, Lukas provided the mid-set climax with “Texas Flood,” smoking the exchange of guitar solos with Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson and his father, Pops grinning and laughing as his eldest took the lead.

By the time the stage packed with artists for the last call of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the Luck Reunion felt as a much a call for the next generation of artists as Willie Nelson’s SXSW day party. That impression cemented with his walking from the stage leaving Lukas leading the final rounds in front of Price, Rateliff, Doe, and the rollicking Preservation Hall horns.

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Willie Nelson, Luck Reunion 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

photo:  Gary Miller

www.RollingStone.com
by: David Menconi

Lilly Hiatt had just led her quartet through a rocked-up set at the seventh annual Luck Reunion, the eclectic festival held at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch outside of Austin, when she paused to take in her surroundings. She was on the Chapel Stage, a tiny and cozily crowded church with an overflow crowd outside pressed against the windows.

“What a cool thing,” Hiatt marveled, nodding at the scene. “We’re at Willie’s ranch – Shit!”

Truly, Nelson’s world has become one of the coolest hangouts during South by Southwest, the annual mega-festival that draws six-figure mobs to Austin every March. About 3,000 in-the-know attendees make this pilgrimage to Nelson’s country spread about 45 minutes from town, to get a slice of the “old” Austin that fell to bulldozers and skyscrapers years ago.

Luck Reunion, produced by Ellee Fletcher and Matt Bizer, happens on what was originally a movie set, a small town’s worth of houses, barns and saloons constructed for the 1986 film version of Nelson’s classic mid-Seventies concept album Red Headed Stranger. And with some three-dozen acts playing on four stages over the course of 12 hours, it was impossible not to feel like you were missing something every single moment.

Bucolic splendor was the order of the day, courtesy of the ruggedly beautiful Texas Hill Country. At the same time Hiatt was playing the Chapel Stage, an acoustic song swap was in progress over at the nearby Revival Tent Stage with Kevn Kinney, Caleb Caudle, Sam Lewis and Courtney Marie Andrews. An inquisitive horse wandered over from a nearby pasture to nose through the fence behind the stage as longtime Drivin’ N Cryin’ frontman Kinny sang about the “Sun-Tangled Angel Revival.”

Other highlights included Margo Price’s set in the Chapel, complete with a solo piano reading of her “All American Made”; Nashville’s Devon Gilfillian, an old-school soul man with the perfect knack for salting each sweet song with just the right amount of guitar grit; the superhumanly multi-talented Aaron Lee Tasjan, who closed his set with a great guitar duel with cameo guest Kinny; and the high-volume atmospherics of Liz Cooper & the Stampede.

Of course, you don’t build a lasting empire like Nelson’s without tending to the details. A highlight of this year’s Luck Reunion was an on-the-bus listening party for Nelson’s upcoming album Last Man Standing – which is terrific, equal parts heartfelt and funny, and often both at the same time. But the kicker was that Nelson’s organization also used that listening party to unveil the new strain of Willie’s Reserve brand marijuana, with a representative passing samples around the bus.

Like the album, it’s also called “Last Man Standing.”

 

Willie Nelson at ACL Live on December 31, 2017 in Austin, Texas

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Photo:  Gary Miller

Willie Nelson on New Year’s Eve in Austin (photo: Gary Miller)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
 “I closed out this year like I have the past three, photographing Willie Nelson at ACL-Live. I got to hang out with friends and was able to make a picture or two. Many thanks to everyone who helps make these shows happen and allow me to be a part of it.”

— Gary Miller