June 17, 2014 19:25

Willie Nelson's ranch partially destroyed by tornado winds

Luck, Texas is just outside of Austin and several buildings were 'ripped apart'

Willie Nelson's ranch partially destroyed by tornado winds

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Willie Nelson's ranch has been partially destroyed by tornado winds.

The bank and post office in Luck, Texas were badly affected by the extreme weather, but nobody was hurt in the incident. The ranch is just outside of Austin and is regularly used for events around SXSW music festival. A message on Nelson's official Facebook page reads: "Our beautiful Luck wasn't so Lucky recently. Last week's tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no-one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren't complaining. Luck is a tough town. It can be rebuilt."

The ranch was built for the filming of the 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger, which was based on an album by the country music legend.

Willie Nelson was recently among the inaugural inductees to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Also inducted in April of this year were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longterm show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose "pickin' parties" with songwriters after games helped inspire the show.

Matthew McConaughey, who won the Academy Award for best actor this year, inducted Nelson with the words: "There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson." Nelson, 81, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the US. He said: "It means a lot. It's Austin City Limits and Austin – the music capital of the world."



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