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Peace, Love, and Luckenbach, Texas: Take a Trip Back in Time

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Hardly a town, yet long fabled and full of romanticized experiences, Luckenbach, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country, is your classic country/western hub. A cul-de-sac of a country road, it’s more like an attitude. Many a Texan dream of traveling there to not only pay homage to the music legends that have played this hallowed ground, but to breathe the air, feel the breeze, and visit the post office/general store/gift store that multi-tasks like no one’s business. For just a moment in time, if you can physically feel “western” or “more Texan” (if that’s even possible), you can feel it here. So don’t blink (you might miss it), and take a seat out at one of the rows of picnic tables, preferably under some shade when the weather’s warm and the sun is high… and simply enjoy all that is Luckenbach.

John Russell “Hondo” Crouch

Peace, Love, and Luckenbach, Texas: Take a Trip Back in Time

Photo: Pinterest/Gabe Robertson

Officially established in 1849 by German immigrants, Luckenbach didn’t earn rock solid fame until 1970, when John Russell “Hondo” Crouch purchased the peaceful tiny town. With an entire population of just three people, Crouch clearly had a dream, because he went on to create the legendary dance hall that still exists there today, and rightfully so.

Legendary Texas Fame

Peace, Love, and Luckenbach, Texas: Take a Trip Back in Time

Photo: Facebook/Long Live Outlaw Country

Truth be told, the dance hall’s “legendary” status didn’t actually come into effect until Texas-born singer and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his 1973 album “¡Viva Terlingua!” at this very location, bringing full-blown Texas fame to the tiny gulch. And following that, in 1977, the town itself was memorialized in song by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).”

“Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach”

Peace, Love, and Luckenbach, Texas: Take a Trip Back in Time
Photo: Facebook/Kissing Tree Vineyards

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