Luckenbach was just a sleepy village inhabitated by mostly settlers of German descent, until around 1970, when descendants of Jacob Luckenbach advertised the township for sale, consisting of 10 acres of land, a General Store with a post office, and a fine dance hall with a maple floor. Hondo Crouch, a music lover, purchased the property, mostly because, as a municipality, he could then set and control the laws governing the dance hall and saloon. Local musicians performed and many inpromptu "Jam sessions" took place in the laid back Texas country atmosphere.
Contrary to the song, Waylon and Willie had not visited Luckenbach prior to their 1977 recording of the famous song...they did however become patrons of Luckenbach and in the 80's kicked off the Fourth of July Celebration at Luckenback.....the rest is history...and it is still a tiny sleepy little place with a population of three or so!
We ventured up to Luckenbach on a recent Saturday afternoon, meeting Deb and Rod, Donna and Nolan, and Chuck and Kathy.
There was quite a crowd assembled, listening to the local country singer, crooning under the pavillion. It was also the weekend of the annual "Mud Dauber Festival".....when the mud daubers return to Luckenbach, much as the swallows return to Capistrano.....thus a reason for a celebration...Texas style!
Yes, there was this cowboy there enticing the women to ride this bull (funny, but he did not entice any men!), so of course, someone had to ride the bull....and some others had to watch!
Deb, Kathy and Donna, with The Bull and me!
Chuck, Kathy and Molly