Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)

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"Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album Ol' Waylon
B-side "Belle of the Ball"
Released April 11, 1977
Format 7"
Recorded January 1977
Genre Country, outlaw country
Length 3:22
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman
Producer(s) Chips Moman
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"Are You Ready for the Country"
"Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)"
"The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)"
Music sample

"Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" is a song recorded by American country music artist Waylon Jennings. It was released in April 1977 as first single from the album Ol' Waylon. It was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons.


The song references a couple whose position in "high society" has placed strains on their marriage ("this successful life we're livin' got us feudin' like the Hatfields and McCoys") and finances ("four-car garage, and we're still buildin' on"). Jennings suggests that the couple return to "the basics of love" and relocate to the small town of Luckenbach, Texas.

References in the song include: Hatfields and McCoys, Hank Williams, Mickey Newbury, Jerry Jeff Walker, and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain".[1]

The final refrain of the song features a guest vocal by Willie Nelson.

It is included in "A Texas Medley", composed by Jim Clancy and sung by The Vocal Majority.

In 1981, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their country album Urban Chipmunk.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on April 16, 1977 reaching #1 on the country charts on May 21, 1977 and staying there until June 25, 1977. It also reached #25 on the pop charts while causing Ol' Waylon to reach the top of the country album charts and #15 on Billboard Top LPs and Tapes chart.

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Singles[3] 16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 46
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 40
Preceded by
"Some Broken Hearts Never Mend"
by Don Williams
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 21-June 25, 1977
Succeeded by
"That Was Yesterday"
by Donna Fargo
Preceded by
"The Rains Came"
by Freddy Fender
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

June 18-July 2, 1977
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Leaving Alone"
by Charley Pride
Preceded by
by C. W. McCall
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Preceded by
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"Portrait in the Window"
by Carroll Baker

Sources and references[edit]


  • Ultimate Waylon Jennings CD Liner Notes, Lenny Kaye, c.2004


  1. ^ CMT : Song Lyrics : Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) Lyrics : Johnny Russell
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 175. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 126.