While the streets and music clubs of Austin were bursting at the seams during the annual SXSW Music Festival last month, a destination in the Texas hill country 35 miles to the North-Northeast offered adventurous music fans a little more elbow room and an amazing all-day event, at the “Luck Reunion” on Willie Nelson’s private ranch known as Luck, Texas.
Headlined by Willie himself, the limited-access event boasted 35 acts scheduled on three stages across the Old West movie set, along with pop up venders, food trucks and art installations. Not even an extensive rain delay could dampen the spirits of the lucky attendees that weathered the storm, who were rewarded by an unforgettable set from the “Red Headed Stranger,” performing under the crowded “Revival Tent” with sons Lukas and Micah, and guest vocalist Lily Meola. The finale even featured Jenny Lewis onstage in a marijuana leaf suit as Bill Murray bopped along in the wings.
SiriusXM listeners can experience the magic of the “Luck Reunion” with an exclusive four-hour radio special airing on the Outlaw Country channel, featuring full sets from Willie, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Margo Price, Parker Millsap, John Moreland and Aaron Lee Tasjan, as well as two “roundtable” conversations hosted by Hubbard and Mojo Nixon.
Recorded in the backroom at Willie’s personal clubhouse, Luck World Headquarters, these sessions featured Hubbard with Jack Ingram, Sam Outlaw, Andrew Combs, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Jamie Lin Wilson, and Mojo hosting John Fullbright, Robert Ellis, Johnny Fritz, T. Hardy Morris and members of The Black Lillies.
A condensed one-hour special featuring Willie’s complete set, along with a conversation with Dallas Wayne, will also air on Willie’s Roadhouse, his own branded SiriusXM channel that serves as home to the Grand Ole Opry and annual Willie events including Farm Aid and Willie’s 4th of July Picnic.
Luck Reunion airs on Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) Friday 4/8 at 8 pm ET; Saturday 4/9 at 2 pm ET; Sunday 4/10 at 6 pm ET; and Weds 4/13 at 12 pm ET.
Luck Reunion airs on Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) Friday 4/8 at 6 pm ET; Saturday 4/9 at 2 pm ET; and Sunday 4/10 at 8 pm ET.