I was underprepared for Willie Nelson’s ranch – the little sleeping we did had been done on the cement sidewalk of the W Hotel. We were rocking a unique scent that can only be created by un-showered bodies which have shifted once too often from hot to cold - and to top it off - our unplanned outfits didn’t suit the hippie-cowboy-rocker-love-child theme.

Luckily the disheveled look that came with our warping worked as a camouflage amongst the VIPs lounging around the cosy couch filled backstage wonderland and we ended up blending in brilliantly. 

My friend Elle (who is a mutha effin’ bad ass and somehow looks fresh as a damn daisy no matter how hard she rocks it) was performing and had lead our lost souls through the woody gates leaving us in and amongst those deemed righteous by the braided locks of Willie Nelson himself. 

The festival was on the part of the Nelson's ranch which was built for the filming of “Red Headed Stranger” back in 1986 and is laid out like the set of a cowboy western town, complete with town church, saloon, jail – and for those philanthropically inclined – majestic looking rescue horses. It goes by the name of “Luck” as it was built with the intention of being burnt down as part of the grand finally of the film, but Willie changed his mind, leading it to count, by all rights, as one of Texas’ towns.

Babes in their daisy dukes and dudes in their cowboy boots roamed round with grins on their faces, and, as the playground filled, fashion, entertainment and the arts converged together seamlessly for one fine and friendly frolic.

The sun shone, the singers sang and the beer flowed like a sweet stream long into the night. The Revival Tent saw Angel Olsen, Israel Nash, Joseph, Lindi Ortega, the Deslondes, Hamilton Leithauser, Matt Sucich and a guitar pull with Jonny Burke, Langhorne Slim, Luke Bell, Hugh Masterson and Daniel Romano and Butch Walker to round out the lineup.

The Medicine Stage started it’s serenades with Horse Thief, working onward through J.P. Harris, Elle King, Clear Plastic Masks, Delta Spirit, Heartless Bastards, Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane and Riff Raff before Willie Nelson and his Kids took over to close things out like the bad ass bosses they be.




*all photos Shane Woodward & Holly Rose (first photo by joelstons)