Willie Nelson Makes Luck Reunion More Than Just A Family Affair THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: WILLIE NELSON @ LUCK REUNION 3/15/18
LUCK, TX- For most of our SXSW and Luck Reunion artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Willie Nelson: It’s Willie Nelson’s festival. I’m on Willie Nelson’s ranch. Willie Nelson is the headliner. Why the hell wouldn’t I want to see Willie Nelson perform?!?
What I Thought Of Willie Nelson’s Performance: Luck Reunion is known for a being a family affair. When Willie Nelson took the stage at Luck Reunion, with his sons Lukas and Micah (“Particle Kid”) on guitars and his sister Bobbie on the piano, he embodied that ethos completely.
But the idea of family extended much further than just kin. After Willie performed some of his (and country music’s) most iconic numbers (including “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”), he had his friends join him on stage. Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, John Doe, Ray Benson and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band all joined Shotgun Willie for a rousing, hand-clap inducing version of “I’ll Fly Away”. It was loud and joyous and raucous … and when the crowd joined in on the hook, you could feel an overwhelming sense of community.
After the music had ended, and I made my way off the festival grounds, I was basking in the joy that I had experienced, not only during Willie’s performance, but throughout the day. Willie had created a festival … an event … that is truly different than the rest. It’s a festival that focuses on the roots of the American sound, respecting the past while looking forward to the future. It’s an experience that I urge any music lover to encounter, and my proof is that I want to do it all again with Willie next year.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) May 2, 2018