South By Southwest (SXSW) every March in Austin, TX is a veritable madhouse as one of the biggest music gatherings in the entire world. Thousands of artists participate in events in hundreds of locales around the city in a dizzying swarm of options. Over the last eleven years, one of the major events worth seeking out as a refuge from the madness is Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion held at his ranch just west of town … if you’re lucky enough to be able to get in.
Held on the Thursday of SXSW every year (which puts it on March 16th in 2023), it’s definitely the place to see both country legends and up-and-comers, as well as everything in between, with an extra emphasis on the diversity of roots music. In recent years the lineup has continued to veer a bit away from country, but 2023 still offers a mouth-watering lineup of artists who are very much worthy of seeing.
There are few artists more worth seeing live at the moment than Sierra Ferrell and Shane Smith & the Saints. Both makes the 2023 Luck lineup. Then you have Austin’s Rattlesnake Milk, which except for Saving Country Music, nobody else seems to be paying attention to. But the Luck Reunion is. You also have up-and-comers Drayton Farley, and Aaron Vance playing as part of the Black Opry Revue. Aaron is another who has gone mostly ignored by country music, but was featured here on SCM as far back as 2016.
Few can sing as good as Katie Pruitt, and Jaime Wyatt is always great to see live. But what might be most interesting about the lineup is the legends who will also appear, including the elusive Willis Alan Ramsey, Terry Allen with his Panhandle Mystery Band, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and a tribute to Doug Sahm with his son Shawn and the Texas Tornadoes.
The 2023 Luck Reunion is part of an entire week of events in 2023, including a potluck event on Wednesday, March 15th, and a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe on March 19th. If you can’t get into the Luck Reunion, these may also be options to come and see Willie’s Luck, TX that was built for the filming of the movie Red Headed Stranger.
To get tickets to the Luck Reunion, you have to either be lucky, or sign up through the “Lucky Draw” lottery system. Since the site is only so big, capacity is limited. For more information, CLICK HERE.
2023 Luck Reunion Lineup:
A Tribute to Doug Sahm & The Texas Tornadoes featuring Shawn Sahm and Friends
A Song for Leon: A Tribute to Leon Russell featuring Beau Bedford, Robert Ellis, and Special Guests
Black Opry Revue featuring Sug Daniels, Aaron Vance, Nikki Morgan & Nicky Diamonds
BMI Songwriters Circle featuring John Baumann, Bella White and Poet Hawkins
Eric D. Johnson
J. Creek Cloggers
Jason Scott & The High Heat
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The West Texas Exiles
Matthew Logan Vasquez
Shane Smith & The Saints
Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
The Band of Heathens
the GOLDEN DREGS
The Heavy Heavy
The War and Treaty
Thee Sacred Souls
Willie Nelson & Family
Willis Alan Ramsey