Luckenbach is part of the Texas Hill Country. It is located 50 miles north of San Antonio and 69 miles west of Austin. The unincorporated German town has some history and folklore that helped to put it on the map. A dance hall and a general store are the remnants of the town. The slogan for the town is “Everybody’s somebody in Luckenbach.”
In 1973, Jerry Jeff Walker recorded Viva Terlingua at the dancehall. Then, in 1977, Waylon Jennings featuring Willie Nelson recorded Luckenbach Texas. Willie Nelson held his 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach from 1996-1999 (which, from personal experience, was an experience of a lifetime.)
So, the next time you are traveling through the Texas Hill Country, stop at the general store in Luckenbach or see a country show at the dance hall. Don’t just drive past the little blink of history…stop and experience it.
The Luckenbach Dance Hall
The dancehall is always happening. Take a peak at the website and sneak in a show if you are heading in that direction. Luckenbach, Texas
Then, take a listen to the song dedicated to the town by the original Outlaw.
Or, view on YouTube.