Luck Reunion 2024 (3.14.24)

February 23rd, 2024

Luck Presents is best known for its signature event, the Luck Reunion, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024

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Luck Potluck (3.13.24)

February 22nd, 2024

SOLD OUT: On the eve of the Luck Reunion, MARCH 13, 2024, we will break bread with a hill country supper in Willie Nelson’s backyard. This year’s dinner event will host a special group of chefs from across the country, including James Beard Award winners, Top Chef contestants, and up-and-coming culinary talents. Attendees will be serenaded by Jason Boland and Jon Muq, capped off with a performance by the legendary Willie Nelson himself.

Potluck benefits the Luck Family Foundation in support of FarmAid, Wholesome Wave, and Texas Food & Wine Alliance.

Make sure to follow Luck Reunion on social media for ticketing and event updates.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on Jimmy Kimmel tonight

February 20th, 2024

Dave Thomas book, “Picnic: Willie Nelson’s Tradition” out in April — PreOrder now!

February 20th, 2024

It’s so exciting! Dave Thomas’ book about Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic will be coming out two months. Dave is doing several book signings, if you are lucky enough to live close enough to go and you can buy the book directly from him, and get it signed, or you can pre-order now on Amazon.

Willie Nelson boots featured in LBJ Library exhibit

February 20th, 2024

New exhibition features iconic objects and personal mementos to tell America’s music story

Exhibition dates: February 17 – August 11, 2024

(Austin, TX) – Since the nation’s inception nearly two and a half centuries ago, music has informed, interpreted, and inspired our national identity. To celebrate and explore this remarkable heritage, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University announce the premiere of the exhibition Music America: Iconic Objects from America’s Music History. Opening at the LBJ Library on Saturday, February 17, during Presidents’ Day weekend, the exhibition will be on display through August 11, 2024.

The exhibition will feature more than one hundred objects representing the best of American music, spanning decades and genres. For the first time in one place, visitors can see everything from B.B. King’s guitar “Lucille,” the fox fur stole worn by Billie Holiday, and a handmade velvet shirt worn by Elvis Presley to Chuck D’s handwritten lyrics to “Fight the Power,” the outfit Bruce Springsteen wore on the “Born in the USA” album cover, a guitar played by Taylor Swift and a costume she wore on the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour. By focusing on musicians and personal memorabilia from this country’s past and present, Music America chronicles the soundtrack of America.

Music America is curated by the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music in association with the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Hard Rock International, along with dozens of prominent collectors of American music ephemera. “The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music is honored to premiere Music America: Iconic Objects from America’s Music History at the LBJ Presidential Library,” said Robert Santelli, Springsteen Archives founding executive director. “Not only do we have a longstanding relationship with the library, but so much of America’s greatest music history occurred in the 1960s when President Johnson was in the White House. It seemed only natural that this exhibition, which also celebrates America’s 250th birthday in 2026, begins in Austin, one of the country’s most important music centers, and will then travel to other presidential libraries and museums across the country.”

Music lovers will enjoy an interactive “Song Bar” enabling them to hear performances by some of the artists highlighted in the exhibition, along with additional melodies that demonstrate the depth, breadth, and great productivity of American musicians. 

“I hope this one-of-a-kind collection will give visitors a deeper appreciation of the role music has played in the broad sweep of American history and encourage them to reflect on the LBJ era, a period of incredible cultural and artistic change,” said LBJ Library Director Mark A. Lawrence. “These iconic objects will bring that transformation to life and transport us to another time period, as only music can.”

A partial list of artists and objects include:

  • Leonard Bernstein’s baton
  • John Coltrane’s saxophone
  • Chuck D’s handwritten lyrics to “Fight the Power”
  • Gloria Estefan’s sequined dress from her 1996 tour
  • Woody Guthrie’s signed “This Land is Your Land” lyrics
  • Billie Holiday’s fox fur stole
  • B.B. King’s guitar “Lucille”
  • Madonna’s wedding dress from the “Like a Virgin” video
  • Willie Nelson’s cowboy boots given to him by Gene Autry’s widow
  • Elvis Presley’s 1956 Tupelo, Mississippi, concert shirt
  • Prince’s “Purple Rain” shirt and “Cloud” guitar
  • Bruce Springsteen’s outfit worn on the “Born in the USA” album cover
  • Taylor Swift’s guitar and costume from the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour 
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” guitar

Visuals: High-resolution photos of several objects are available upon request.

About the LBJ Presidential Library

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of 15 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Dedicated in May 1971, its mission is to preserve and protect the historical materials in its collections and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; and to advance the LBJ Library’s standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world. 

The LBJ Library is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm. Last visitor admitted at 4 pm. 

Willie Nelson on Billboard Charts this week

February 20th, 2024

photo: Bill Wagner
by: Hugh Mcintyre

At 90 Years Old, Willie Nelson Scores One Of The Biggest Hits Of His Career

Willie Nelson, 90, has a long and storied career behind him. Of course, the legendary singer-songwriter isn’t done working, but his commercial heyday may be behind him. However, when it comes to the music industry, anything can happen, and this week has turned out to be surprisingly special for the country star thanks to a years-old collaboration.

This week, Nelson lands the second-biggest hit of his career on a pair of Billboard charts. “Beer for My Horses” debuts on two lists published by the company following the death of Toby Keith, who duetted with Nelson on the tune. Fans of the late country star were quick to buy and stream many of his favorites, and they turned this track–in addition to many others from the late star–into huge wins again.

“Beer for My Horses” debuts at No. 18 on the Digital Song Sales chart. The weekly ranking lists the bestselling tunes of any genre in The tally is flush with Keith’s songs, including this beloved collaboration. In the past tracking period, the pair-up sold just under 6,000 copies, according to information shared by Luminate.

For Nelson, “Beer for My Horses” now marks the second-loftiest placement of his career on the Digital Song Sales chart. Only “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” has lifted higher, as it once rose to No. 12. Nelson has only sent a trio of tracks to the tally throughout his career.

Over on the Country Digital Song Sales chart, “Beer for My Horses” performs even better. On that list, the collaboration opens at No. 7, reaching the tally for the first time. It is now Nelson’s second top 10 smash ever. It comes in behind, understandably, the aforementioned “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” a duet with Paula Nelson. That single once appeared at No. 3.

Read article here.

February 20th, 2024

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight

February 20th, 2024

Luck Potluck 2024

February 19th, 2024

Luck Presents: PotLuck 2024 – Heirloom: A Celebration of Roots Wednesday March 13, 2024

The event will benefit the #LuckFamilyFoundation in support of Farm Aid , Wholesome Wave and Texas Food & Wine Alliance

John Sprong’s, “One By Willie”, with Booker T. Jones

February 14th, 2024
by: John Sprong

One By Willie: S5 E3: Booker T Jones on “Georgia On My Mind” on Apple Podcasts

To many Willie fans, both the casual and hardcore, his 1978 album Stardust is the best he ever made, and the reverence is well-earned. It’s the biggest-selling record of his career, spending a full ten years on Billboard’s country albums chart. It’s also an undeniably beautiful collection of songs and performances, quiet and contemplative and marked by Willie’s unmistakable affection for the music and his band. Simply put, it’s a perfect record. For all those reasons, it’s easy to forget that Stardust was the most radical move he ever made.

Think back to the year it came out. On the strength of such albums as Red Headed StrangerWanted! The Outlaws, and Waylon and Willie, Willie was at the forefront of the outlaw country revolution, and that’s what his label, Columbia Records, wanted to sell more of. But Willie had his own idea. He wanted to record a collection of standards from the American Songbook, and he planned to do so with R&B legend Booker T. Jones, one-time leader of the house band at Stax Records, adding in his Hammond B-3 organ and producing. Oh, and Willie saw no need to record it in a proper studio. He believed these songs he’d grown up loving as a kid would be better served by a more intimate setting; he didn’t want to capture them, he wanted to caress them. Thus was born Stardust.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2024

Another “One With Willie,” by John Sprong

February 7th, 2024

Willie Nelson in Tulsa

February 7th, 2024

Willie Nelson, actor

February 7th, 2024

Willie Nelson is more than an acclaimed singer/songwriter. He is also an actor. Nelson has appeared in several movies and TV shows over the years. His credits include StagecoachThe Electric HorsemanHoneysuckle RoseRed-Headed Stranger and many more. In 1984, he co-starred in a movie called Songwriter with his fellow Highwaymen member Kris Kristofferson. Earlier this month, he shared some throwback photos from the film.

In the photos, Nelson is sitting behind a desk wearing a shirt with what appears to be nonsense lettering. In the second photo, though, he folds the shirt to reveal the hidden message. Check it out below. The Red-Headed Stranger appropriately captioned the post “The shirt that keeps on giving.”

Some say that writer Bud Shrake based much of Songwriter on Nelson’s life. In the early years of his career, Nelson wrote and sold several songs that went on to be hits for other people. For instance, he famously sold “Night Life” for $150. Then, it went on to be a hit with more than 70 covers. In truth, Nelson didn’t see success until he got away from Nashville completely. He moved back to Texas where he didn’t have to worry about the major label politics and could focus on creating the music he wanted to create.

It was at this time that he released albums like Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975), and Stardust (1978). Those albums helped to propel Nelson to new heights.

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Willie Nelson & Toby Keith, “Whiskey For My Men” (and Beer for My Horses”)

February 7th, 2024