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Willie Nelson filming new movie at Luck, Texas, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

Friday, February 20th, 2015

by:  Tyler White

Willie Nelson is on the road again and heading for a theater near you starring in a new film that will be shot at his iconic Luck, Texas ranch.

The film, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come,”will begin filming in March, with Nelson playing one of two retired vaudeville stars, alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling, according to Rolling Stone.

The ranch where the movie will be filmed works as both Nelson’s personal ranch and a small Western town originally built for the 1986 film “Red Headed Stranger,” which was also the name of one of Nelson’s albums.

In June, several buildings at Nelson’s ranch were severely damaged in heavy storms. Some of those damaged buildings included a church, opera house and Willie’s World Headquarters, among others.

Director and producer Lian Lunson said she wrote the script specifically for Nelson, telling a fantasy story about an aspiring trapeze artist who goes to the California desert and meets the two vaudeville stars.

“His presence and stillness as an actor are unlike anyone else. And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me,” Lunson said in a press release.

Along with the star power of Nelson, U2 frontman Bono will write an original song for the movie and Nelson will perform it.

Last year, the town was the locale for the Heartbreaker Banquet, a one-day music festival held during South by Southwest, according to Culture Map.

“Our beautiful Luck wasn’t so Lucky recently,” Nelson’s Facebook post at the time read. “Last week’s tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office, and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren’t complaining.”

“Willie Nelson: The Love of Horses” — premieres on HRTV TODAY! (Dec. 27, 2014)

Saturday, December 27th, 2014


“The world looks better on top a horse.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson needs no introduction but what you may not know is his passion for horses. Willie grew up watching his heroes Gene Autry and Roy Rogers always wanting to emulate them, singing songs and riding horses. Today Willie has over 70 horses on his ranch about 60 of them were rescued from slaughter.

See the preview here:

Luck, Texas

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Cherie, from Texas, took this picture at Luck, Texas, one day in 2007, when Janis and Cherie and I were lucky and got to visit Willie Nelson’s western town.

I still think it would make a great picture for an album cover.

Saturday, November 29th, 2014


Willie Nelson, and a cast of thousands, “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, and the Bells of Joy

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


Good news! Willie Nelson to rebuilt Texas Ranch, “Luck”

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

by: Kolten Parker

SAN ANTONIO – Several buildings at Texas legend Willie Nelson’s ranch near Austin, known as “Luck, Texas” were heavily damaged in severe storms last week.luckbroke2


Photos of the damage were posted to The Red Headed Stranger’s Facebook page Monday, including a church, an opera house, Willie’s World Headquarters and other buildings that were either damaged or completely destroyed.


A spokesperson for Nelson said the monetary value of damages is still unclear, but that he plans to rebuild the damaged structures. A tornado watch was issued for the region last Thursday, which included winds up to 70 mph and hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter and small tornadoes in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.luckbroke1


“Our beautiful Luck wasn’t so Lucky recently,” Nelson’s Facebook post reads. “Last week’s tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office, and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren’t complaining.”


The private ranch, built to resemble a makeshift town, is located in Spicewood, which is about 35 miles northwest of Austin along the Colorado River. It also includes a recording studio.

Luck, Texas, was constructed in the mid-1980s as a set for the film adaptation of Nelson’s 1975 album The Red Headed Stranger. Nelson has hosted the Heartbreaker Banquet, a music festival, since 2012 at the ranch during South By Southwest.

“This year’s festival featured food trucks, moonshine cocktails and music from the Felice Brothers, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Shovels and Rope, Lucius, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and, of course, Willie himself,” according to Rolling Stone.




A Day with Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Thank you, Andrew Shapter and Willie Nelson, for this video.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Willie Nelson at “Heartbreaker Banquet” concert rebroadcast on Sirius/XM Radio TODAY! (3/30/14)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014


Replaying Sunday 3/30, 10 am ET
Monday, 3/31 2 am & 2 pm ET
Wednesday, 4/2 12 am & 10 pm ET

We’ve got your invitation to hang with Willie at his ranch: This weekend, fans nationwide will have a chance to attend the 3rd annual Heartbreaker Banquet, and all you have to do is listen to Outlaw Country.

Airing on Saturday, 3/29, the Heartbreaker’s Banquet broadcasts from Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, TX, and features performances and interviews with Willie Nelson & Family (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects Vs. Robots with Micah Nelson, and Folk Uke with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie), Shovels & Rope, John Fullbright, The Wild Feathers, Sons of Fathers, Nikki Lane, Willie Watson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more.


Heartbreaker Banquet, Luck, Texas (3/14/14)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

photos and story:  Arthur VanRooy

Each year at South By Southwest (SXSW) there is one party that surpasses all others in coolness and quality of music. For me this event is the Heartbreaker Banquet. Really, what could be better than seeing a slew of the finest talent at SXSW perform in the bosom of the Texas Hill Country at Willie Nelson’s ranch.


This year it felt especially good to leave the madness of downtown Austin given the tragedy that occurred the night before the Banquet, and upon entering the old Western ghost town known as “Luck, Texas” you could feel the positivity.

Between the moonshine flowing all day long, delicious barbecue, and top notch performances from the one and only Willie Nelson, who was joined by his son Lukas, husband and wife Americana duo Shovels & Rope, Lucius and plenty more acts, the Heartbreaker Banquet proved yet again why it may just be the best damn party happening during SXSW.


Anytime you get the opportunity to see Willie Nelson perform is a treat, but seeing him on his own property surrounded by family and friends was extra special. However, throughout the day and night there were three sets that particularly stood out for me. If there was one thread connecting these acts it was the display of real talent coming from younger people with no in-your-face pretentiousness. These acts were the ones that made not just my day, but my whole SXSW experience.

Arthur VanRooy
The Felice Brothers In this day and age when music lovers are perpetually overwhelmed by no-talent pop acts claiming to make folk and bluegrass music (Ho Hey, anyone?) the Felice Brothers are that rare act that has always been straight up and has never watered down their sound for the masses. The use of fiddle and accordion may strike some as odd and may seem more fitting for a Cajun band, but with the Felice Brothers those instruments are the foundation of their country-folk sound. It’s been a good while since the Brothers have all toured together consistently, but their performance at the Heartbreaker Banquet proved that they are ready to show the world that authentic bands still do exist.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business These guys released one of the best albums of 2013, Essential Tremors (ATO), and since then they have been tearing up the country on a rock ‘n roll rampage. As frontman, singer and piano player, J. Roddy Walston is like a young long haired Jerry Lee Lewis. Onstage at Willie’s ranch Walston and his band injected great balls of fire into their performance, never giving the audience more than a second to catch their breath between each song. The beauty of the Business and their onstage persona is in their ability to crank out the jams while tapping into a similar vein of raw, Southern rock reminiscent of early Kings of Leon albums, except even better because the centerpiece is a piano-playing madman!

Nikki Lane Nikki Lane is both sexy and talented. Onstage at the Heartbreaker Banquet Lane commanded the spotlight with confident country swagger. Reminsicent of great Nashville female country singers of a bygone era, Lane sings of love and heartbreak with an attitude that lets you know she’s strong, independent and owns her persona. If her Thursday afternoon set was any indication, we should be expecting exciting things from Nikki Lane in the coming year.


For artist interviews, recaps, previews and more check out all of our SXSW 2014 coverage right HERE!

Read article, see more photos here. 

Heartbreaker Banquet shares their favorite moments (mine too, as it turns out)

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


See more great photos from the Heartbreaker Banquet Facebook Page.



Ann Street Studio spends the day @ Heartbreaker Banquet, Willie Nelson’s Ranch (Luck, Texas)

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you know by now we have been kicking up our heels at Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch at the third annual Heartbreaker Banquet music festival. The ranch is right outside Austin in a area called the Hill Country…my favorite area of Texas with rolling hills of mesquite trees, lavender Junes and the best damn BBQ in the world (sorry Kansas). Pulling up onto Willie’s property is like something out of an old Western…which makes sense, since it was the film set for the movie “Red Headed Stranger“! Wood fences with horses everywhere grazing on the Texas grass, leading you up to a a small old Main Street with a general store, saloon and wooden store fronts. All we needed was John Wayne to ride up and say Howdy!

Squarespace, the awesome website design company whose templates make your life easier and your site look amazing, took over the old General Store giving away t-shirts, guitar picks, flasks, bandanas and more. Many of the independent bands playing the festival use Squarespace as an easy way to have a professional site without any of the time-consuming work.

I got to take over their Instagram and capture all the day’s happenings which was one amazing thing after another starting with watching the Portland Tintype man Giles Clement set up his gear to take hauntingly beautiful tintype portraits of all the musicians. I have been following his work for a while as well as the guys in New York at the Penumbra Foundation so I was crawling out of my skin to see his process… and stalking him like a true photo geek. It was also so great to see producers Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue at the festival as well; their work is incredible!

The night before when we arrived in Austin, we met up with a couple of the Squarespace musicians where we were introduced to Daniel and the Lion. One of the most romantic and beautiful things about being a musician is that the music comes from within you. While hanging out in the house we were sharing they broke into impromptu song and captivated our souls. They, along with our friend Matt Sucich and Lily & the Parlour Tricks, played the next day in the Squarespace General Store in-between the main stage acts which most famously ended with the man himself, Willie Nelson, taking the stage. When that moment came, I stood there under his microphone, so close to that famous guitar and braided hair, completely in awe that I was watching this Texas legend. I grew up listening to “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” and “On the Road Again”, and now I was here with the real live thing. It was such a moment, such a reminder of where I came from and how important music is to us culturally. It was a day of creative souls coming together, of delicious BBQ, moonshine cocktails, gorgeous Texas skies and making memories with friends.

At one point, Jessica Kausen who manages events at Squarespace, looked around the room and said, “Well. We can thank the Internet for this, that’s how we all met and now we are all here, isn’t that amazing?” Yes, it is.

See all of the fantastic photos at Ann Street Website

photo: Ann Street

Heartbreaker Banquet

Thursday, March 13th, 2014