Luckenbach, Texas: A Texas Town Turned Legend in Song

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If you haven’t ever heard of Luckenbach, in the Texas Hill Country, you may never have been a 1970s outlaw country fan. Although even today it may seem to be just a small map-dot in this great wide state of ours, it’s a truly legendary place. In 1977, when Waylon Jennings recorded its namesake song, written by Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman, not only did practically every Texan become aware of the place, but almost every country music fan throughout North America and beyond did too.

The true history and details behind this quaint Hill Country setting are much deeper and richer than many are aware. Do you know the true story of Luckenbach, Texas? The video below, from Expedition Texas, not only explains the fascination with the town itself, but also the details behind its charm and country mystique.

Video: YouTube/Expedition Texas

“So baby, let’s sell your diamond ring, buy some boots and faded jeans and go away. This coat and tie is choking me. In your high society you cry all day. We’ve been so busy keepin’ up with the Jones. Four car garage and we’re still building on. Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love…” If you’re a Waylon Jennings or Willie Nelson fan (and, who isn’t?) you know the song lyrics by heart. You probably even broke into the chorus after reading them! The details around the town of Luckenbach and why it became what it is today will only serve to pique your curiosity if you haven’t yet been to visit.

Getting to Luckenbach isn’t all that hard. However, not missing it may be an issue! To help you make your way there, directions from San Antonio, Austin, and Fredericksburg are all laid out quite well on the official website. An event calendar, food menu, general store for souvenirs, and, of course, its history, are also provided at this site. Live music is scheduled daily. Good company, curious tourists, and those just inspired to pay a visit can always be found there. Have you ever been to Luckenbach in the Texas Hill Country? If not, what’s your holdup?