Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Will Stream from Artists’ Living Rooms

“We couldn’t let March 19th fly by without trying to bring our Luck Family together,” event organizers said

By Hannah J. Phillips
Luck Reunion
Photo by James Joiner

As Austin and the world continue to come together in unprecedented times brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, musicians and artists are pooling their creative resources to keep the show going at home. After joining the long list of events canceled due to Coronavirus concerns last week, Willie Nelson’s anti-festival Luck Reunion announced Wednesday that it will present a live-streamed event in lieu of this year’s in-person gathering. 

“Everyone’s lives and livelihoods have been put on hold,” reads an Instagram post on the Luck Reunion account. “From tornadoes to necessary mass cancellations, our community is struggling…We couldn’t let March 19th fly by without trying to bring our Luck Family together.”

Normally held at Willie’s ranch in Spicewood, Texas, the online event will be a free, staged broadcast featuring call-in sets filmed live by artists themselves in their own living rooms. Hosted by Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, the lineup includes Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Margo Price from the original event listing. Artist on the Rise Artist winner Ida Mae will also perform, along with new additions to the 2020 program (but old friends of Nelson’s) like Paul Simon, Nathaniel Rateliff and a few special guests.

Taking place from 6 to 11 p.m., the virtual showcase will create an intimate way to experience a live event that is becoming increasingly difficult to attend due to high ticket demand and limited space. 

Grammy award-winning artist Lucinda Williams is set to perform for the free broadcast. Photo by Danny Clinch.

“The free-to-view stream is an effort to gather the creative community in a virtual setting during a time that in-person gatherings are impossible to execute,” reads the Luck website. 

To support the artists performing, fans will be able to contribute to a digital tip jar throughout the broadcast. Donations will be divided among performers, and artists can donate their share to fellow artists in need or to the charity of their choice.

In compliance with current CDC guidelines, most of the acts will record from their home studios, while a few local acts will safely gather in Austin at Arlyn Studios. 

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson will host the virtual evening.

“Luck and Arlyn are working in tandem to do what they can to preserve the energy and camaraderie that is intrinsic in Austin’s creative community,” the announcement concludes. 

To tune in from your couch at home, head to luckreunion.com/tilfurthernotice and follow the links to Twitch or Facebook.

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