Monday, March 22, 2010

Luckenbach, Texas

This is in back of Post Office, a little bar area and in the corner (not shown) an area where you will sometimes find musicians playing especially during the week.

Helen is looking to buy a cowboy hat and I think this one sure looks beautiful on her!

We met Casey. She and her hubby own the hat shop here! Casey is originally from Johnstown, NY (a town near my hometown). She says she ran away from home after a fight with her father 30 years ago as a teenager. She wanted to follow Waylen, Willie and the Boys! She ended up in Luckenbach, and met the man of her dreams and has been here ever since, (except for the times she and hubby have spent travelling all over the US). She finally spoke to her father after 27 years just 3 years ago and he has come here a couple of times since to visit.

This is the Post Office. It had all kinds of things you can buy and a bar in the back room where singers and players get together and play.

One of their outdoor stages. Since it was so cold outside today, it was held inside the saloon.

When we were at the restaurant in Fredericksburg, Bill told us before we leave we might want to use the restrooms there as we might not like the ones in Luckenbach. Gee........I don't know why!

Helen and I sure think we have the most handsome dudes here!

Thomas Michael Riley and his band...........They were GREAT!!!

Most of us have heard the song "Luckenbach, Texas" sung by Waylon Jennings that became popular, over 30 years ago . Well, there really is a little town that the song is all about. It's only a short drive from where we are staying here in Kerrville. Since Al and I both have been sick and are now feeling better, Helen and Bill, friends of ours from the Montana Group asked us to lunch and a little side trip to Luckenbach. It was a rather cold windy day, but the sun was shining. First we stopped in Fredericksburg, which is on the way, to have some lunch at a German Restaurant. Fredericksburg is a German town and in my opinion it's one of the nicest towns we have seen anywhere. They were having "Trading Days" in Fredericksburg so it was very busy. It was so cold and so busy, I neglected to get any pictures of the town. I promise next time we go back there, I'll take some. It's a must see, if you are traveling through the Hill Country in Texas.

When we arrived in Luckenbach, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. But there were tons of cars in the dirt parking lot. Bill and Helen are the best tour guides anyone could ask for. They have traveled the whole US and seem to know where every little hidden place of interest is. And this place sure hit the top of our list! It's a very unpretentious place. You know right away why you are here. You are here to hear some of the countries finest music and taking in the sites around you is just an added bonus. Most of us remember Willie Nelson's "Farm Aid" concerts. They were held here until 1993 until it was decided the place wasn't big enough to accommodate the crowds and it had to be moved elsewhere.

Nowadays, there are singers and bands that go there every single day and perform for whoever happens to be there. Many of them have written the very songs that sung by some of the top performers in the industry. Today's performance was given by Thomas Michael Riley and his band. We thoroughly enjoyed their music and had a wonderful time! Oh, one thing I forgot to add about our day here is......It was all free! You don't have to spend one penney! In todays economy, why not take a ride out there if you have nothing else to do. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

We had the greatest day with our dear friends, Bill and Helen. We were so happy to get a chance to spend a day with them. We got back to the campground in time for Happy Hour at the Rec Hall and finally had a chance to meet some of the Montana people here at the rally. We only have 2 more days left to the rally, so we are looking forward to the last couple of nights events and meeting even more people.


  1. First, I am glad you are feeling better and could enjoy Fredericksburg and Luckenbach. They are both so fab!

    Lucky you, to actually hear a band, the day we visited, there was a sole dude in the back of the PO pickin, sorta. All in all, our day was nice, but, no entertainment.

  2. Carol, Helen and Bill were there the day before and I guess it was kinda like that. Plus it was a nasty day and it wasn't much fun. We were glad to get our own special tour with them. If we ever go again, we will check their website as they have a whole schedule of who is performing there. Plus weekends are almost always better than weekdays I am told.

  3. We had such a great time with you guys NIta. I gotta go back and get that hat.


  4. This sounds like a great little town. We will definitely put this on our list of places to visit. Thanks Nita!