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Willie Nelson wore this lucky Willie Nelson fan’s hat when he tossed it to him on stage at the Luck Reunion Chef’s Potluck concert. And he got the hat back! Sometimes, even when Willie tries to toss back to the original owner, another fan catches it and claim ownership, and it’s hard for them to let go of their prize catch. I get it. (I could tell you stories of some of the battles over bandannas we have seen, but that’s another story.) This time, there was no problem and the hat was returned to the owner. He said the two fans took pictures together with the hat.
I see these guys everywhere! Willie Nelson fans are the greatest.
Bid to win this Willie Nelson signed Martin 00-DB (Jeff Tweedy signature series). This guitar is FSC certified.
This guitar was designed in collaboration with Grammy Award winning Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy. The 00-DB Jeff Tweedy is Martin’s first Custom Artist model that is FSC® Certified, an important distinction for both Tweedy and Martin. The guitar is also Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and comes with a hard case.
“Despite the weather, Reverb had a great time at the Luck Reunion event with Willie Nelson and friends.
There is some incredible memorabilia from the event up for auction online to support the work of REVERB, including limited edition artwork signed by Willie Nelson and a beautiful Martin Guitar, also signed by Willie Nelson.
Click the link and check it out.
Willie Nelson autographed limited edition poster for Luck Reunion 2016
Willie’s Reserve print autographed by artist J. Micah Nelson and Willie Nelson
Bobbie Nelson always graciously stays after Willie Nelson & Family shows to greet fans, pose for photos, get hugged, and that’s what she did after the concert in Luck, Texas.
It isn’t a secret that I love Willie Nelson and when I got invited to a dinner he was hosting on his iconic Luck, TX ranch outside of Austin it was the perfect excuse to escape after three crazy days of SXSW. It was an intimate gathering and truly a hidden gem tucked away from the downtown hustle and bustle, apparently Adrian Grenier thought so too — he was sitting across the table from me. It was also the kick-off for Willie’s one-day music festival, Luck Reunion, held the next day. Sadly I didn’t get to take part in the festival because I was in Mexico City.
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by: Lorie Lieberg
Lukas Nelson and Lily Meola teamed up for an acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Your Memory” during Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion earlier this month.
Earlier this month, the Nelson family invited dozens of musicians and fans to Luck Ranch, their private property in the middle of Texas’ beautiful hill country. Just hours before rain and lightning came down upon the festival, the pair came together for a stripped-down performance of “The Sound of Your Memory”, a track featured on Willie’s 2012 album Heroes.
The duo stood in front of Nelson’s vintage tour bus, which greeted visitors as they drove up the winding dirt road to the festival gates. Maui native Meola brings a smooth and jazzy tone to the reminiscent track, which usually has a slightly grittier feel. While it’s difficult for anyone to elevate a Willie Nelson song – much less a 20-year-old newcomer – Meola’s impressive vocal abilities manage to bring the song to a brand new level.
Both Nelson and Meola ended up joining in for a few songs during Willie’s star-studded finale set during this year’s Luck Reunion. The rain-shortened event also featured appearances from dozens of country artists, including Sam Outlaw, Andrew Combs and Billy Joe Shaver. You can read our full report from the festival here.
Alice Kaufmann, Dee Sulenski and Pat Wiley Keeney, at Luck, Texas
Willie Nelson fan Dee Sulenski from Virginia shared about her adventures with Alice Kaufmann, from Georgia, on their recent trip to Texas. I think they hit most of the hot spots in their 812 mile drive around Texas. Thanks, Dee!
On 3/14/16 I flew from VA to Atlanta to meet up with my phenomenal Willie friend, Alice Kaufmann. On 3/15/16 we began our epic Willie Nelson centered trip to TX by flying from Atlanta to San Antonio, TX.
From San Antonio we drove to Helotes, TX, the home of Bee Spears, and visited John T. Floore Country Store. This is a famous dance hall and a long standing haunt of Willie’s. We then travelled onto Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World and ate lunch at the OST (Old Spanish Trail) Restaurant. After Bandera we drove to Luckenbach, TX, of “Willie, Waylon & the Boys” fame. We visited there for awhile then travelled on to Marble Falls, our home base for this trip.
The next morning we were off toward Abbott, TX, the town where Willie was born. On the way, we stopped at the cemetery in Vaughan, TX and paid our respects to Willie’s son, Billy, then continued on to Abbott. I think that visiting Abbott has been #1 on my bucket list, for over 30 years, and we had a lovely visit there. We visited the Abbott Methodist Church, Panther’s Pantry and visited with Doreen & Darrell who run this little shop. They pointed out the spot where Willie had carved his name in wet cement, on the sidewalk, when he was a child. For any of you skeptics, Willie confirmed to me that he did indeed do that when he was a child in Abbott.
After my dream-fulfilling visit in Abbott we travelled to West, TX to indulge in Kolaches from the Czech Stop–yummy. On our way back to Marble Falls we stopped by the cemetery in Waco to pay our respects to our friend and Willie’s long-time stage manager, Poodie Locke. We also ate a Poodie Burger at Poodie’s Hilltop in Spicewood, TX before ending up back in Marble Falls for the night.
Thursday morning found us heading into Austin where we hired a Pedicab and visited Willie’s statue, another item on my bucket list, and 2 beautiful murals of Willie. Then we were off to the main event! Chef’s Potluck in Luck, TX followed by an intimate Willie Nelson show! Willie was joined by his sons Lukas Autry Nelson and Micah Nelson as well as Mickey Raphael, Bobbie Nelson and Kevin Smith. It was a fabulous experience and Willie autographed my photo of his initials from Abbott!
Friday was supposed to be another late Willie show, but after spending 6 hrs waiting by the front of the stage we were sent back to our cars due to very strong thunderstorms. We waited in the car for a couple of hrs, but due to some miscommunication, that was the end of our day. We were disappointed, but still walking on cloud 9 from the show the previous night and the extremely wonderful opportunity to spend the day in Luck, TX. I was fortunate to finally meet several on-line friends IRL and that was wonderful!
On the way back to San Antonio we stopped in Gruene, to visit Gruene Hall, said to be the oldest dance hall in TX. We walked through the the hall, where live music was being played, looked at a very old pic of @Jimmie Dale Gilmore and saw the Willie window!
Our road trip in TX covered 812 miles in 4 days and we accomplished all of the Willie items on our list!
Allison Negron, Giada Chiarello, Chef Leonardo Maurelli III, Willie Nelson, John wood, Daniel Tackett.
by: Sonya Balaam
The Chefs’ Pot Luck was part of The Luck Reunion Festival. The festival showcased more than 35 acts on three stages, but the night the before the festival on March 17 was the Pot Luck, an event that brought together celebrity chefs preparing a family-style Texas meal. The proceeds from Pot Luck supported Wholesome Wave, a non-profit that has as one of its initiatives to make healthy food options more accessible to low-income families. In addition to Nischan, the other celebrity chefs were Chef Dean Fearing, Chef Scott Conant, Chef Michael Chiarello and Chef John Mitchell.
“It’s a pretty big honor to have a chef like Michel Nischan, who’s a highly decorated, three-time James Beard Award winning chef to ask you to come assistant him and be his executive sous chef on the road while he does events,” Maurelli said. “…Very humbling.”
One of the dishes Maurelli helped prepare was a vegan chili called “Willie’s Chili.” Nelson’s wife is vegan, and Maurelli said they wanted to make sure there was a dish she could eat and enjoy. Maurelli also helped prepared the Use a Spoon Chopped Salad, which was to serve with chili. Chefs’ Pot Luck brought 200 guests to Nelson’s ranch.
This was Maurell’s third event with Nischan. The first was the 2015 Hospitality Gala at The Hotel at Auburn University.
“It (was) a super fun trip…I had a great time with all the chefs. I learned a lot. I got to talk about Auburn and the hotel and the university and what we do here. It’s really a great opportunity to be able to spread the gospel of our little town
photo: John Gutierrez
by: Yenis Monterrey
Willie Nelson’s Ranch in Texas is located 40 miles west of Austin, Texas. The exclusive event is hosted annually at Willie Nelson’s private ranch and the celebration is called “Luck Reunion.” The event attracted musicians, artisans, and chefs who reunite to intimately celebrate our American roots. The vision aims to celebrate an extraordinary gathering of globally renowned artists and celebrate creativity with music, art, and performances dedicated to cultivate the evolution of our legacies among us. The reunion supports and benefits this year’s non-profit partners such as Wholesome Wave, REVERB, HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), and SIMS Foundation.
In 2016 the event was held on Friday, March 18th. The reunion was a great alternative for the visitors of the 2016 SXSW music and film festival held in Austin, TX. However, the event wasn’t open to the public and was exclusively reserved for the biggest fans. Tickets were only released in small amounts through social media channels, email lists, featured bands, and event partners; the event felt very intimate just like being part of the family at the unbelievable “LUCK” Ranch. The venue also had a space reserved especially forVIPs that was transformed into an outdoors barn exquisitely decorated with the most dazzling chandeliers, sofas, carpets, and hays with open bar and even a photobooth to add more fun to the experience just like a beautiful musical dream.
The private Ranch of Nelson’s hosted artists ranging from country, rock, folk, and soul that performed on three stages. The place was just like being in Paramount Ranch in California (Movie Ranch). In between shows the lucky attendees got the chance to explore the Luck Ranch, a Western little town located just inside the property of Willie Nelson’s Ranch. The location was a former set used as a Wild West town for Nelson’s 1986 film “Red Headed Stranger”. It was an unimaginable experience for the lucky visitors who get the chance to explore the area.
The “Luck Reunion” had multiple vendors, food trucks, and craft artists. In addition to Spotify playlists, there was a complimentary shuttle schedule service from Arlyn Studios, and a large variety of beverages such as complimentary gin, bourbon, whiskey, tequila, ice cold beer, and an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks were served as well.
The event was sponsored by Epiphone, Southwest Airlines,Jim Beam, Budweiser Beer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Amplifan, Ticketmaster, Robot Fondue,Roadhouse Relics, Topo Chico USA, Spotify, Texas Music Water, Tea of a kind, Community Coffee,
The Texas weather isn’t always predictable. It could be hot, cold, dry or rainy, but the event was scheduled as rain or shine, so no complaints!
The event planned to have 35 bands on 3 stages, but due to a severe thunderstorm the bands were forced to downsize and Fire Marshals sent the attendees to take shelter in their cars and in a small barn during the storm. The event inside the Revival Tent took place as folk-rock singer Lissie sang during the severe thunderstorm, then Jenny Lewis and Lucius took to Willie’s on-site chapel. The audience who was patient to wait or were lucky to return to the ranch after the thunderstorm finally had the chance to enjoy Willie Nelson’s performance with his son Lukas, Jenny Lewis, and others playing inside the Revival Tent. He sang along many of his greatest hits such as “Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses,” “It’s All Going To Pot,” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
The lucky ones who stayed and tolerated the thunders and rain and went back inside through the mud, sang along with the country superstar. We are sure the experience was unforgettable for those who stayed or for those who left, or could not make it back. They had one of the best time of their life with all the entertainment offered at the Ranch. Stay tune in 2017 to find out about the exclusive events at Willie Nelson’s “Luck” Ranch.
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photos: Suzanne Cordeiro
The 5th Annual Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s idyllic, western ranch in Spicewood, Texas near Austin took place Friday during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. The event was threatened by severe weather which grazed the area dropping enough rain to delay (and then cancel) main stage appearances by Blitzen Trapper, Lucius, a special guest spot by Kacey Musgraves and the celebrated Red-Headed Stranger himself.
What started as a 30 minute rain delay stretched over three hours as multiple thunderstorm systems approached the area, then stalled. Fans huddled under cover awaiting potential hail storms and electrical activity that was visible from the site but failed to strike the area. The storm did drop enough rain to make portions of the footprint muddy. Lingering electrical activity and persistent but light precipitation forced closure of the Main Stage.
Those few fans who waited out the long delay were rewarded by intimate performances by Willie Nelson, Lucius and other guests in the tiny 75-person capacity chapel and the slightly larger Revival Tent. Our slideshow includes exclusive shots of Nelson, Lucius and Ray Wylie Hubbard by official event photographer Suzanne Cordeiro. We squeezed in a few images of site so you can get a feel for how special this satellite SXSW event truly is.
Special thanks to Suzanne Cordeiro, Ellee Fletcher and Matt Bizer.
Gary Miller took this photo
photos and article by: Nathan Poppe
by: Nathan Poppe
It’s not easy to have a good time in Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest.
I’ve gone several times to shoot photos, and I usually end up completely exhausted and waking up just long enough to fall back asleep on a plate of breakfast tacos. It can be fun but the music festival portion of the event feels like work. Maneuvering through mind-numbing traffic, outsmarting thousands of tourists and trying to catch bands gets exceedingly more difficult every time I visit SXSW. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to drive several miles north of the Black Friday level of craziness that is downtown Austin and visit Spicewood, Texas.
Tucked away between hilly country roads, Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion music festival offered a peaceful, mostly successful alternative to SXSW. It’s the sort of festival where the host’s personality is louder than the music. Luck Reunion is on his land after all. In the VIP lounge, I was greeted with a pack of rolling papers and it didn’t seem weird for a second. Nelson’s branded marijuana business followed me on Instagram immediately after I tweeted from the festival. Luck Reunion attracts a very particular and Americana/weed-loving crowd that’s really there for the music more than anything. I’ve never met a friendlier festival crowd. Did I mention that Bill Murray was hanging around the festival, too?
Roughly 4,000 patrons attended the Luck Reunion, which is spread between three modestly-sized stages and somehow never feels crowded. A chapel, revival tent and main stage are only minutes apart from one another and feel like they were planted in an old Western movie set, complete with wooden facades and even a saloon. It didn’t hurt that there were couches and copious amounts of shade from trees to pad the concert experience.
Every set I saw was exceptional and Oklahoma talent had a strong showing with performances from Parker Millsap, John Moreland, John Fullbright, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Horse Thief. I felt a swell of pride hearing people buzz about who they were excited to catch. No less than 10 people were saying they had to hear Moreland’s set.
The only major hiccup came from Mother Nature when a thunderstorm spoiled a few sets, including a secret visit from Kacey Musgraves. Dressing for the weather was impossible Friday. Between the heat of the early afternoon and the wet, chilling storm, no outfit was safe from either sweat, cold or mud.
The sky opened up in the early evening and drenched the festival grounds. Total buzzkill. It was handled well though. Event organizers and security made sure everyone found cover and shooed people away from looting the bars filled with leftover bottles of booze. Instead of cheering for bands, patrons ooh’d and ahh’d at the lightning’s performance.
However, no amount of rain could totally hinder the Luck Reunion experience. Out of boredom and an enthusiasm for performing, many musicians started impromptu sets in barns, houses and even truck trailers. You can’t really put a price on moments that unscripted and unique. Jenny Lewis didn’t need to stay late into the night and play a rescheduled set in a cramped chapel, but she did.
“This is off the cuff, guys,” Lewis said to the crowd with a smile.
Surrounded by bandmates and family, she performed a brief acoustic set unlike anything you could hear at a big festival. Even the Luck Reunion’s merch booth had a personal touch. Each T-shirt was screenprinted in front of buyers and had to cool down before you could wear it.
That’s the mark of a festival that’s about more than bands or organizers scoring a paycheck. It really felt like a community, and I didn’t want to leave. However, the rain closed most of the food trucks, and I needed dinner around midnight. I left before Nelson capped off the festival at the overcrowded, muddy revival tent. The rain had shut down main stage where Nelson was scheduled to play but it was better than it not happening at all.
I left wanting more. I was exhausted again, but for the first time, I couldn’t wait to return to Texas next year. It wasn’t luck that made this festival great. It was hard work and a lineup of musicians that looked to be having just as much fun as the patrons.
This Tennessee-based band was one of the more surprising acts at Luck Reunion. I had no expectations when their set began, and I wanted to join the couple dancing throughout the crowd when it ended.
photo: Nathan Poppe
I’m late to the RWH party but I thought his set was hilarious and fun. The Soper native, 69, spent most of his formative years in Texas but Oklahoma should be proud to claim him, too. Check out the song “Snake Farm” and try not to sing along.
photo: Zoe Berg-Pitt