About 30 miles west of Austin you'll find a wonderland where country music flows like water, everyone is your friend, and even bad weather can be magical.
The place is Willie Nelson's ranch, Luck, Texas. Originally built as the set for Nelson's 1986 film, Red Headed Stranger, the ranch now serves as the occasional host to unforgettable festivals, like the first ever Luck Reunion, held last week.
On Friday, music lovers ditched the hubbub of SXSW to gather at Nelson's ranch for a day "dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the evolution of our American roots." Guests were treated to live music, pop-up vendors, complimentary drinks, and food truck fare, plus an unexpected Central Texas storm.
While severe weather forced everyone to take shelter in cars, tents, and barns, spirits were lifted by impromptu acoustic jams from the festival's performers. And because many sets were rained out, artists and bands took the stage together to make up for lost time after the storm passed. Highlights included an intimate session with Jenny Lewis, Lucius, and Shelly Colvin inside a chapel, followed by a stripped down performance from Billy Joe Shaver.
After much anticipation, Nelson himself rocked the Revival Tent with Insects vs. Robots serving as his band — a perfect end to a crazy Hill Country night.