‘Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas,. …’


How is it one can spend years not hearing a song and then suddenly several times?
This anomaly recently happened with an iconic country song.Lisa and I have a ritual when driving on the weekends. We listen to the 70s station on satellite radio. The station generally features old broadcasts of Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40.”
We hear songs that we haven’t heard for years. Often times the long-forgotten songs bring back memories. Sometimes we look at each other and wonder not only how the song became popular, but who thought it was a good idea to record it.

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The Luckenbach, Texas, sign over the post office.

The other weekend were driving, and yes, listening to Casey Kasem. I forget all the songs, but one stood out. It was Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas” featuring Willie Nelson.

I can’t remember the last time I had heard that. Hazarding a guess, it was in April 1977 when it was popular. I was 14 then. I probably last heard it during a family Sunday drive in dad’s Dodge Polara. The car the radio tuned to a country station.

The next day, Lisa and I drove to church. It was a different time of the day than the day before. Casey Kasem was doing his countdown. Wouldn’t you know, it was the same broadcast from the day before. Out of the 40 songs from the broadcast, we heard…

“Luckenbach, Texas.”Twice in two days, that made us chuckle.After church, we ate at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Noise from the patrons and the music filled the restaurant. We sat down, said grace and began eating. The music was just loud enough to be barely heard over the commotion. Nothing was particularly distinguishable. Then we heard…Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we’re livin’
Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
Between Hank Williams’ pain songs and
Newbury’s train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain
Out in Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

For the uninitiated, that was the chorus to “Luckenbach, Texas.”

We had just experienced a Luckenbach hat trick.

As of today, it’s now been six days since I’ve heard Waylon and Willie wailin’ and warblin’.

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