LUCKENBACH, Texas – From Laredo to El Paso, the geography of Texas has always provided a powerful lexicon for country and western lyrics.
However, when Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson rocketed the song Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) to the top of the charts, the hit made this Texas ghost town more than just another signpost on the state’s musical highway.
The song’s success came as no big shock to fans of the genre. The surprise is just how this tiny piece of central Texas real estate has maintained fans’ fascination almost four decades after the 1970s hit.
The place is a magnet for tourists who travel to the Texas hill country every year just to wrap …