¡Viva Terlingua! in Luckenbach

This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll visit a tiny town that had a huge impact on Texas music.

On August 18, 1973, Jerry Jeff Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band recorded a live concert in Luckenbach, Texas, that became part of the landmark album, ¡Viva Terlingua! Walker hoped to re-create the sound and feel of an impromptu gathering of friends performing music for a live audience. The band debuted several now-legendary songs, including Gary P. Nunn’s “London Homesick Blues.”

The Luckenbach recording of ¡Viva Terlingua! was part of a watershed year for Texas music, since 1973 also saw the release of such groundbreaking albums as Doug Sahm and Band, Waylon Jennings’s Honky Tonk Heroes, and Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a musician who loved to “steel” the blues.

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