Luck Mansion Day 2
all photos by Brooke Hamilton
On Thursday, the Luck Mansion ushered in a bustling second day packed with surprise drop-ins and unique performances; and special moments that continued the extension of the Luck Reunion experience.
From a taste of Texas -- a taco brunch provided by EatPlated -- to Willie’s Remedy’s CBD coffee, porch tattoos by Nashville tattoo artist Courtney O’Shea, and plenty of libations from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Lagunitas, Jim Beam, and Mountain Valley Spring Water; the event and Kessler Presents welcomed a dynamic group of creatives and music lovers back to the Texas Consulate.
Lydia Luce Nashville singer-songwriter Lydia Luce kicked off the day with a stripped-down performance previewing her debut full-length LP, slated for a September 21 release.
Next, Matthew Perryman Jones and Molly Parden stopped by to serenade us, giving us a sneak peek for their upcoming tour.
Special guests flowed in and out of the Mansion including Keb’ Mo’, who stopped by for a front porch hang; and Ashley Monroe, who settled in for a Facebook Live Q&A.
Rosanne Cash stopped by the Luck Mansion to perform an unforgettable private set of new songs. Having delivered a groundbreaking speech when awarded the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award Wednesday night’s Americana Honors & Awards, Cash continued her poignant message of equality and strength in music.
Amy Helm rounded out the afternoon performances with a touching set, giving attendees a first look at her forthcoming album, This Too Shall Light. She later reminisced about growing up with her father, the incomparable Levon Helm, and witnessing his dedication to supporting working musicians -- a mission Amy aims to continue with Levon Helm Studios, a recording and performance hub for musicians situated in the Woodstock, NY barn made famous by Levon’s legendary “Rambles”.
As part of their first-ever time performing at AmericanaFest, the Watson Twins took the Mansion stage with a rollicking show indicative of the soulful, funky roots vibe of their upcoming album, Hustle & Shake. The duo, widely known for their collaborations with the likes of Jenny Lewis, demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with -- showcasing a selection of what will be the first full collection of songs written by the twins in tandem.
Devon Gilfillian rang in the debut of his new single, “High”, with an evening show in the Mansion’s living room. At 11:00 PM, while the packed house sang along to the singer’s soulful, funky hits that have solidified him as one to watch; Mansion guests celebrated the single’s official release: blaring the new tune on repeat.
The night wound down with an intimate set from Mountain Man, whose unplugged performance echoed throughout the Mansion. The otherwise silent crowd, intently taking in the hushed and haunting tunes, broke only with laughter at the band’s relatable humor...and left reeling from a fitting ending to another day at Americana.