SXSW 2016
Getting Lucky

Music lovers weather the storm for unforgettable day at Willie Nelson's ranch

Music lovers weather the storm for unforgettable day at Willie's ranch

Luck Reunion 2016 Texas stage Amasa Hines
Amasa Hines tore up the stage at Luck Reunion. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas church Lilly Meola
Lilly Meola crooned in the intimate Chapel Stage. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas stage
Music lovers gathered at Willie Nelson's ranch. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas weed sign Todd Sanders
To the right of this neon sign by Todd Sanders stood Kyle Chandler. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ray Wylie Hubbard drew a massive, fun-loving crowd at the Revival Tent. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Matthew Logan Vasquez
Matthew Logan Vasquez. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas storm
The storm rolled in over Luck, Texas. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas barn
Band after band played acoustic sets inside the barn. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson took the stage with Insects vs. Robots. Photo by Nicole Raney
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas stage Amasa Hines
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas church Lilly Meola
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas stage
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas weed sign Todd Sanders
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Ray Wylie Hubbard
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Matthew Logan Vasquez
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas storm
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas barn
Luck Reunion 2016 Texas Willie Nelson

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 March 18.

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.