Waylon & Willie LbNA # 40338
|Placed Date||May 24 2008|
Luckenbach, Texas’s association with country music began in the summer of 1973, when Jerry Jeff Walker, backed by the Lost Gonzo Band, recorded a live album at the Luckenbach Dancehall called Vivia Terlingua. That album became an outlaw country classic. Popularized in regional culture as the place where "Everybody is Somebody," Luckenbach achieved legendary proportions in 1977 when the Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson memorialized it with the hit song "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" on the album called simply “Waylon and Willie”. The town attracted both professional and amateur musicians who enjoyed the laid-back, historic atmosphere. State historical markers for the Luckenbach school and town of Luckenbach were erected in 1982 and 1986, respectively. At the beginning of the new millennium the Texas Almanac gave the population of Luckenbach as twenty-five, even though the marker for tourists at the entrance to "old" Luckenbach gave the population as three. A Luckenbach Club continued to meet seasonally at the old school to maintain the grounds and to support what remained of a sense of community. Luckenbach was the site of Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic from 1995 through 1999. In December 2002 Texas Monthly magazine listed the town in the "Top 25 Unusual Treasures of Texas." The dance hall continued to be a popular gathering place for area and visiting musicians. Although most road signs directing travelers to Luckenbach have been stolen as souvenirs, the determined visitor still can find the historic hamlet just a few miles east of Fredericksburg, on Farm Road 1376 south of U.S. 290.
From Fredericksburg, Texas, go 5 southeast on U. S. 290 to FM 1376, where you will turn right and go 4.6 miles to Luckenbach. Follow the signs to the parking area.
To the box: Enjoy the rustic atmosphere of Luckenbach. When you get ready to find the box, go to the back of the dance hall, by the large parking area. At about the middle of the building is a big pecan tree. Between the tree and the building, under a white rock is old Waylon & Willie.