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From Luck Films
photos and story by: J. James Joiner
Okay, so you’ve spent almost a solid week beating the streets at SXSW. You’re on taco overload, the thought of another high-five-heavy bro-down makes even free booze sound bad, and to top it all off the mounds of complimentary brisket are starting to weigh on your gall bladder. What’s to be done? How about a shindig at OG Austin musical luminary / straight up legend Willie Nelson’s private ghost town?
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photo from last year’s Heartbreaker Banquet concert by The Joelsons.
People ask me all the time, ‘How can I get permission to visit Luck, Texas?’ Well, here’s your invitation. Once in a lifetime chance to see WN&F in his back yard.
I can’t go, but I hope you can!
For tickets: www.heartbreakerbanquet.com
by: Joseph Hudak
When the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference kicks off March 17th in Austin, it’ll do so with a mob of badge-holding movers-and-shakers descending upon the Texas capital. Which makes a ticket to the spacious Heartbreaker Banquet, held Thursday, March 19th, at Willie Nelson’s secluded Luck, Texas, ranch outside of town, all the more valuable. There’s also the diverse lineup, which Rolling Stone Country is announcing today.
Featuring two stages, the Medicine Show Stage and the intimate Revival Tent, the Heartbreaker Banquet — hosted by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue — boasts more than 20 artists. As he did last year, Nelson and his Family Band headline the Medicine Show Stage, along with Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Leon Bridges, Heartless Bastards, Delta Spirit, Clear Plastic Masks, Elle King, J.P. Harris, Horse Thief and Nelson protégée Lily Meola. Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah are also on the bill, with their respective groups the Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots. (The Nelson siblings are currently working with Neil Young on his new album.)
Butch Walker, who recently released the brutally honest and stripped-down Afraid of Ghosts, headlines the Revival Tent. Angel Olsen, Israel Nash, Joseph, Lindi Ortega, the Deslondes, Hamilton Leithauser, Matt Sucich and a guitar pull with Jonny Burke, Langhorne Slim, Luke Bell, Hugh Masterson and Daniel Romano round out the lineup.
Nelson’s town of Luck is a collection of buildings and facades constructed for the filming of his 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger. Shortly after last year’s Heartbreaker Banquet, a storm damaged many of the structures. They’ve since been repaired to serve as the backdrop for this year’s daylong festival, which aims to foster roots music and roots artists. In addition to the performances, it features both art and food vendors. Tickets to the fourth annual event go on sale today.
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.”
“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.
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