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Luck Reunion 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Photos: Steven Leggett


photos:  Steven Leggett

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Sunday, March 18th, 2018
by:  Lauren Tingle

For the last seven years, the only way to see Willie Nelson’s private Luck Ranch in Spicewood, Texas is to score a pass to his Luck Reunion.

One-part family gathering and one-part music festival, Luck Reunion is the only time out of the year when Nelson opens his property to thousands of music lovers for a day of live concerts with good people, good eats and good vibes. The day-long event is held annually during Austin’s South By Southwest conference on the portion of the property that was originally the movie set for his 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger.

The 2018 event was sold-out and hosted 3,000 fans, crew and 35 acts representing all genres who were all very lucky to be there.

Highlights included live blues by rising artist Devon Gilfillian, New Orleans jazz by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a surprise collaboration by Paul Cauthen and Margo Price on Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly” and a full surprise set by Price with the Band Of Heathens at the Luck chapel. Others on the bill included Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Nikki Lane, Kurt Vile and Lily Hiatt.


After canceling a run of shows in February, Nelson, 84, brought the fire for Thursday’s (March 15) all-star headlining set. Throughout his entire performance, there was never a break between songs, giving the crowd of adoring fans the full force of his iconic vocal tremolo and fluid guitar solos on his trusty acoustic, Trigger. Onstage he was backed by his longtime band, including harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, his sister Bobbie, plus special guests Ray Benson, Price and Rateliff.

The amenities onsite made the entire festival a VIP lounge. Beverages flowed at the festival’s bars featuring Tito’s, Jim Beam, Lagunitas, Hendrick’s, El Silencio and Playa Real. Mountain Valley kept everyone hydrated with stocked water stations. A local food truck court served affordable high-end eats, barbecue and other healthy options. Local artisans and vendors sold funky vintage threads and home décor. A screen printing company sold made-to-order Luck Reunion t-shirts. And in the VIP lounge, a tattoo artist was available for minimalist tattoos for those who wanted to rock their love for Luck in permanent ink. The clothier Maker and Smith also designed custom Luck rings for every artist who performed at the event.

Backstage at 4:20 p.m., select media were invited to a private vinyl listening session of Nelson’s next album, Last Man Standing, on a vintage tour bus that was originally custom-built for Nelson’s drummer, Paul English. As each side played, samplings of Nelson’s new strain of sativa from Willie’s Reserve were passed around, causing exhalations of smoke to billow throughout the cabin. Named after the album, the strain is set to launch when the album releases on April 27 in states where marijuana is legal.

Luck Reunion was put on in partnership with Southwest Airlines. The event was preceded by a welcome dinner and performance by Nelson and Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

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Highlights from Luck Reunion 2018

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Trigger at Luck Reunion 2018

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Luck Reunion, Miss Margo Price

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Last Man Standing, Luck, Texas

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

“Still not dead again…. Willie Nelson #Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Ranch”

Michael Tackett?

Friday, March 16th, 2018

photo: Angela Betancout

Held on Willie Nelson’s family ranch, Luck Reunion returned with its intimate, down-home congregation of indie, folk, and country artists performing on small stages throughout the day on the rustic Luck, Texas property. In a slow-living, Old West atmosphere, artists like Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Morby, Cut Worms, and ceremoniously, Willie Nelson, performed in the buildings of the makeshift town preserved from the 1980s for the film adaptation of “Red Headed Stranger.”

Luck Reunion 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for photos from the concert in Luck, Texas last night.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price



Luck Reunion 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

photos:  Suzanne Cordeiro


An Evening with Farm Aid with Willie Nelson on March 14, 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

photo: Suzanne Cordeiro
photos: Suzanne Cordeiro


Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real

Anthony LoGerfo, Promise of the Real

Willie Nelson, Luck Reunion 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

photo:  Gary Miller
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.”


Luck Reunion SOLD OUT

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Willie Nelson, 2018 Luck Reunion

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Willie Nelson is the Star

Willie Nelson will once again headline the Luck Reunion lineup — a single-day showcase of Nelson and an array of rising music stars, held in Luck, Texas.

The showcase features more than 15 alternative country and Americana artists and is geared to attract all kinds of artists — musicians, artisans, chefs — and others who appreciate the old-school “outlaw” culture of country music and more. Nelson, who is heralded as one of the early country music outlaws, first hosted the Luck Reunion event at his Luck, Texas, ranch in Spicewood, where the event is still held today. The private ranch, which was built in the mid-1980s, is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Austin and resembles a makeshift town that was used as the set for the film adaptation of Nelson’s 1975 album The Red Headed Stranger.

The full lineup includes Nelson, son Lukas Nelson and his band the Promise of the Real, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nikki Lane, Kevin Morby, Hiss Golden Messenger, John Paul White, Kurt Vile, Ezra Furman, Blank Range, Paul Thorn, Kevin Kinney, Lily Hiatt, David Ramirez, Waxahatchee, Josh Ritter, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Son Little and more.