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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.
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.
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!
See more great photos from the Heartbreaker Banquet Facebook Page.
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.
Find out details on how you can win tickets to the Heartbreaker Banquet, at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas, outside of Austin, Texas.
It’s an invite-only show, but you can have a chance to win tickets here.
Launching in 2012, New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios partnered with innovative content production company Robot Fondue, to produce a truly unique, one-day music festival at Willie Nelson’s private “Luck, Texas” ranch. Now an annual event, Heartbreaker Banquet features a dynamic, day-long line up during SXSW that combines the best in americana rock and indie-folk music, and is attended by an elite, hand-selected group of tastemakers in film, fashion, music, and entertainment. 2012 and 2013 performances included: Shovels & Rope, Gary Clark Jr., Phosphorescent, Michael Kiwanuka, Jim James, Valerie June, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Billy Joe Shaver, Hurray For the Riff Raff, and many many more.
by: Kory Grow
Shovels and Rope, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Lucius highlight third annual Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin, TX.
Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots, too!
Willie Nelson’s private “Luck, Texas” ranch, which served as the setting of the country icon’s Red Headed Stranger movie in 1986, will be welcoming some new strangers during South by Southwest this year. The ranch will be the site of the third annual Heartbreaker Banquet, a daylong concert on Thursday, March 13th that includes pop-up shops, local food and performances by 18 rock, country and roots bands. The music talent this year includes Shovels and Rope, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Lucius, the Felice Brothers, Hurray for the Riff Raff and the Wild Feathers. The event’s organizers also said in a statement, “Surprises are in store.”
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The concert will take place on two stages this year, and the event will make use of the whole Luck, Texas “town.” The outdoor “Medicine Show” stage will be erected in front of Willie Nelson’s “World Headquarters” on the ranch’s main street and a “Chapel Stage,” built for acoustic performances, will be set up in the ranch’s 50-seat church. The Midnight Moon saloon will serve as a free bar, and the Banquet will also make use of the town’s general store and jailhouse, the latter of which will serve as a pop-up shop with several vendors.
The Heartbreaker Banquet 2014 is being held this year to benefit the SIMS Foundation, which offers mental health services to Austin musicians.
Heartbreaker Banquet Lineup
Medicine Show Stage:
Shovels and Rope, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Lucius, the Felice Brothers, Clear Plastic Masks, Nikki Lane, the Wild Feathers, Elle King and a surprise headliner.
Willie Watson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Shakey Graves, John Fullbright, Noah Gundersen, Mechanical River, Jonny Burke, Sons of Fathers and Insects Vs. Robots