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Austin City Limits is an American television music program and a staple of the Public Broadcasting Service. Austin City Limits was initially created with an eye and ear toward original Texas music, featuring artists that created innovative new sounds in everything from western swing and Texas blues to Tejano music, progressive country and rock n' roll. The series went on to feature a wide range of American roots artists, covering a variety of styles and expanding beyond the borders of the Lone Star State. As the programs audience has grown, the music has encompassed regional, national and even international performers, and producer Terry Lickona continues to seek a balance of music genres in every new season. Austin City Limits today focuses on the unique contributions of diverse artists, music and songwriting from around the world. First aired in 1976, Austin City Limits has become American television's longest-running concert music program. The program is taped live by PBS member station KLRU on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Images of Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World," are seen in the opening credits. ACL's set also features a mock skyline of Austin. The show inspired the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual live music festival at Zilker Park in Austin.

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ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2011

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ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012

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ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013

Performance by Depeche Mode

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Nine Inch Nails

Austin City Limits presents an epic hour with Nine Inch Nails. The special broadcast airs as a preview of our upcoming milestone 40th Anniversary Season. NIN’s arena-worthy ACL debut showcases ten songs, and will encore during the program’s Season 40, launching in the fall of 2014.

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Celebrates 40 Years

The series' 40th anniversary is celebrated with clips of classic performances; and collaborations between such artists as Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. Among the performers: Alabama Shakes, Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt. Also: Doyle Bramhall II; Double Trouble; Joe Ely; Mike Farris; Grupo Fantasma; Robert Earl Keen; Kris Kristofferson; Lyle Lovett; Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jimmie Vaughan. Jeff Bridges, Crow and Matthew McConaughey host.

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ACL Presents: Austin City Limits Musical Festival

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Hall of Fame New Year's Eve 2016

Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and B. B. King are inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. In addition to performances by Bonnie and Kris guest performers include Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Gary Clark and Taj Mahal.
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Willie Nelson

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Asleep at the Wheel followed by Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys

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The Charlie Daniels Band

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Rusty Wier

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Townes Van Zandt followed by Clifton Chenier

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Flaco Jimenez with Ry Cooder & Augie Meyers

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Doug Sahm

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Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys

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Steve Fromholz

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B.W. Stevenson followed by Bobby Bridger

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Greezy Wheels followed by Marcia Ball

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Wheatfield

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Balcones Fault

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Lost Gonzo Band Followed by Jerry Jeff Walker

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Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys

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Willie Nelson followed by Tracy Nelson

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Amazing Rhythm Aces followed by Gove

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Earl Scruggs Revue

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Jimmy Buffett followed by Rusty Wier

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Gatemouth Brown followed by Delbert McClinton

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Firefall followed by Denim

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band followed by Kiwi

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Larry Gatlin followed by Alex Harvey

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Willis Alan Ramsey followed by Roy Buchanan

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Guy Clark followed by Steve Fromholz

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Michael Murphey

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Steve Goodman

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John Prine

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Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys followed by Ernest Tubb

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Chet Atkins followed by Merle Travis

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Doc Watson followed by Gove Scrivenor

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Johnny Rodriguez followed by Linda Hargrove

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John Hartford followed by The Dillards

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Jesse Winchester followed by Mother of Pearl

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Asleep at the Wheel followed by Bobby Bridger

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Vassar Clements followed by Gatemouth Brown

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Merle Haggard

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Killough & Eckley followed by The Lost Gonzo Band

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Norton Buffalo

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Doug Kershaw followed by Clifton Chenier

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Little Joe y La Familia followed by Esteban Jordan

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Hoyt Axton

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Alvin Crow followed by Marcia Ball

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Pure Prairie League followed by Bobby Bare

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Delbert McClinton followed by Cate Brothers

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Tom Waits

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Leon Redbone followed by Steve Fromholz

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Nashville Super Pickers followed by Tom T. Hall

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The Neville Brothers followed by Robert Shaw and Lightnin' Hopkins

New Orleans' premiere musical group, The Neville Brothers, bring their blues infused rock to ACL in 1979. Next, Texas bluesmen show off their own skills when Robert Shaw and Lightnin' Hopkins take the stage.

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Dan Del Santo followed by Taj Mahal

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John McEuen and Friends with Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten

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Roy Clark & Gatemouth Brown

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Don Williams followed by Janie Fricke

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Songwriters Special Willie Nelson, Floyd Tillman and friends

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Ray Charles & His Orchestra

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Ralph Stanley followed by Uncle Walt's Band

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Joe Ely followed by Jerry Jeff Walker

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Hank Williams Jr. followed by Shake Russell Band

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Johnny Gimble followed by Texas Swing Pioneers

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Johnny Paycheck followed by Billy Joe Shaver

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Flaco Jimenez followed by Beto y Los Fairlanes

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Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley followed by Marty Robbins

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Carl Perkins followed by Joe Sun

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Mel Tillis followed by Gail Davies

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The Charlie Daniels Band

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Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys followed by Riders in the Sky

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Charley Pride followed by Razzy Bailey

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George Jones with Hank Thompson

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Bobby Bare followed by Lacy J. Dalton

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Ray Price followed by Asleep at the Wheel

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Johnny Rodriguez followed by Alabama

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Tony Joe White followed by Gary Stewart

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Songwriters Encore

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Michael Murphey followed by Ed Bruce

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Leo Kottke followed by Passenger

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Joe Carrasco followed by The Sir Douglas Quintet

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David Grisman Quartet followed by A Mandolin Special featuring Tiny Moore and Jethro Burns

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Emmylou Harris followed by Rodney Crowell

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George Thorogood and the Destroyers followed by Dave Olney and the X-Rays

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Pete Fountain followed by Jazzmanian Devil

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Kris Kristofferson

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Jerry Reed followed by Chet Atkins

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Johnny Lee followed by Charly McClain

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Willie Nelson followed by Guy Clark

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Merle Haggard with Leona Williams and The Strangers

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Bellamy Brothers followed by John Anderson

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Larry Gatlin followed by Ricky Skaggs

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Tompall & the Glaser Brothers followed by George Strait

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Don McLean followed by Terry Gibbs

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Roy Clark followed by The Geezinslaws

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Mickey Gilley followed by T.G. Sheppard

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Roy Orbison

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Don Williams followed by West Texas Songwriters Special

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Songwriters Showcase with Rodney Crowell, John Prine & Friends

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B.B. King

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Janie Fricke followed by B.J. Thomas

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Frizzell & West followed by Con Hunley

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Michael Martin Murphey followed by Gary P. Nunn

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Roseanne Cash followed by Steve Wariner

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Rank and File followed by Delbert McClinton

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Tammy Wynette followed by John Conlee

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Roger Miller followed by Earl Thomas Conley

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Loretta Lynn

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Ray Charles / Lee Greenwood

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Jerry Lee Lewis

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Freddy Powers with Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

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Gary Morris / Gail Davies

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The Whites / New Grass Revival

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Jimmy Buffett

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Johnny Rodriguez / David Allen Coe

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Dottie West / Floyd Cramer

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Bonnie Raitt / The LeRoi Brothers with Ray Campi & Sleepy La Beef

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John Anderson / Eliza Gilkyson

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George Strait / The Kendalls

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Country Legends

With Faron Young, Kitty Wells, Sons of the Pioneers, Joe & Rose Maphis, Pee Wee King & Red Stewart, Johnny Wright, & The Collins Sisters

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble / The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Texas blues are highlighted on this 1984 episode. Austin's own guitar master, Stevie Ray Vaughn, joins his band to add to his own blues legend. Meanwhile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds are known for their searing rock & roll with roadhouse blues overtones.
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Oak Ridge Boys / Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys

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Neil Young and The International Harvesters

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Exile / The Maines Bros. with Terry Allen

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Waylon Jennings / Billy Joe Shaver

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Eddie Rabbitt / Tammy Wynette

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Ricky Skaggs / The Judds

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Glen Campbell / Eddy Raven

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Joe Ely / Eric Johnson

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The Dirt Band / Steve Goodman Tribute

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Juice Newton / Mark Gray

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Larry Gatlin / Nanci Griffith

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Freddy Powers with Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard / Whitey Shafer

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Earl Thomas Conley / Vince Gill

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Tanya Tucker / Sawyer Brown

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Ronnie Milsap

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Squeezebox Special with Queen Ida, Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Ponty Bone

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds followed by Omar & the Howlers

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Lyle Lovett followed by Judy Rodman

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Riders in the Sky followed by Hot Rize

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Michael Martin Murphey followed by Marty Stuart

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Randy Travis followed by Kathy Mattea

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Chet Atkins and Friends

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Leon Russell followed by Steve Earle

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Brenda Lee followed by Sweethearts of the Rodeo

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Steve Wariner followed by Restless Heart

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Johnny Cash with The Carter Family

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Fats Domino

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band followed by New Grass Revival

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has spent 19 years in the music business building a reputation as high-energy performers. Next, the New Grass Revival takes traditional bluegrass instruments and uses them to make a wide variety of music.
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George Strait

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K.T. Oslin followed by Rodney Crowell

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The Charlie Daniels Band followed by Gary P. Nunn

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Stanley Jordan

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Emmylou Harris followed by Nanci Griffith

Two of country's most respected female songwriters entertain the Austin audience. Emmylou Harris has been wowing audiences for years with her sincere and touching lyrics. Nanci Griffith is the "queen of folkabilly" and an Austin favorite.

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Delbert McClinton followed by The Crickets

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Dwight Yoakam followed by Patty Loveless

A hillbilly rebel, Dwight Yoakam has a unique Bakersfield sound. Legend Buck Owens joins with Flaco Jimenez to appear with Yoakam for "The Streets of Bakersfield." Next, Patty Loveless has the clear sure voice of her Kentucky bluegrass roots.

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Songwriters Special featuring Harlan Howard, Don Schlitz, Mike Reid, Kye Fleming and Mark Wright

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Buck Owens followed by The Geezinslaws

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Texas Showcase featuring Robert Earl Keen, Rosie Flores, Tony Perez and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Leonard Cohen

1. First we take Manhattan 2. Tower of song 3. Everybody knows 4. Ain't no cure for love 5. The partisan 6. Joan of Arc 7. Jazz police 8. If it be your will 9. Take this waltz

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Keith Whitley followed by Skip Ewing

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Eric Johnson

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John Hiatt followed by Los Lobos

John Hiatt brings his r&b infused rock with a country twist to the ACL stage. Los Lobos also appears with a performance that takes them back to their roots with an all Spanish album.
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Kathy Mattea / Tish Hinojosa

Kathy Mattea earned this year's Country Music Association's Female vocalist of the Year. In this episode, she hows off her powerful voice and songs. Texas singer/songwriter, Tish Hinojosa, uses her soft voice and complex melodies to play social relevant folk music.

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Waylon Jennings

Country music outlaw Waylon Jennings takes the famed "Austin City Limits" stage. Tracks include "Mamas Don't Let You're Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,""Good Hearted Woman,""Trouble Man,""Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,""Me And Bobby McGee," and more.

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John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Country's Christian roots are celebrated with ACL's tribute show to the Country Music Association's Album of the Year, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken II."
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Albert Collins/ Danny Gatton

Albert Collins followed by Danny Gatton
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Marc Cohn followed by Leo Kottke

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Songwriters Special

Three Texas natives known for their amazing vocals and powerful songwriting talents share the stage for a night of music and memories.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective

Combing footage of previous ACL appearances, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble give great blue performances.
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Alison Krauss & Union Station / Merle Haggard

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John Prine / Todd Snider

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Asleep at the Wheel's 25th Anniversary Celebration

With Willie Nelson, Tracy Byrd, Wade Hayes, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Daniels

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B.B. King

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Pam Tillis / Guitar Pull with Willie Nelson and Others

With Willie Nelson. Merle Haggard, Iris DeMent, Freddy Powers

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Lee Roy Parnell / A.J. Croce

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The Allman Brothers Band

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Lisa Loeb / Jimmy LaFave

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Los Lobos / Joe Ely

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Faith Hill / Trisha Yearwood

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Gatemouth Brown / Keb' Mo'

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Sagebrush Symphony

With Michael Martin Murphey, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Hank Thompson, Robert Mirabal, Herb Jeffries and The Oklahoma City Philharmonic

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Sagebrush Symphony

With Michael Martin Murphey, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Hank Thompson, Robert Mirabal, Herb Jeffries and The Oklahoma City Philharmonic

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Sagebrush Symphony

With Michael Martin Murphey, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Hank Thompson, Robert Mirabal, Herb Jeffries and The Oklahoma City Philharmonic
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Wynonna

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Songwriters Special Featuring Kris Kristofferson

Songwriters Special with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Kimmie Rhodes, Billy Joe Shaver

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A Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe

Classic: Bill Monroe Retrospective with Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse & Mac Wiseman

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Lyle Lovett and Friends: A Tribute to Walter Hyatt

A Tribute To Walter Hyatt with Lyle Lovett, David Ball, Champ Hood, Willis Alan Ramsey, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, David Halley, Allison Moorer

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Best of Austin Country Showcase

“Best of Austin” Country Showcase: Libbi Bosworth, Dale Watson, The Derailers, Wayne Hancock, Don Walser & Mary Cutrufello

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Mary Chapin Carpenter / BR5-49

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Travis Tritt / Wade Hayes

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Eric Johnson / Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

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Son Volt / Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

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Robert Earl Keen / Jack Ingram

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Sheryl Crow

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Blues Night with Delbert McClinton and Miss Lavelle White

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Nanci Griffith

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Old '97s/Whiskeytown

Country group Old 97's performs songs from the album "Too Far to Care." Whiskeytown delivers ballads and country songs.
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Vince Gill / Martina McBride

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Hootie and the Blowfish / Nanci Griffith

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams proves why she is one of America's premiere singer songwriters when she brings her melancholy vocals and achingly sweet lyrics to the stage.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

If they weren't the creators of Southern Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd are certainly the most recognizable ambassadors for the Deep South. In this one hour special, the band plays a range of hits form their long career.

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Songwriters Special with Emmylou Harris

ACL invites country diva Emmylou Harris to take the stage. She, in turn, invites her friends for an old fashioned guitar pull where singer/songwriters share songs, guitar secrets, and interesting stories.

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Alison Krauss / Bela Fleck

Alison Krauss & Union Station Alison Krauss : fiddle, vocals Dan Tyminski : guitar, mandolin, vocals Ron Block : guitar, banjo, vocals Barry Bales : upright & electric bass, vocals Jerry Douglas : dobro Larry Atamanuik : drums Bela Fleck's Bluegrass Sessions with Earl Scruggs & Vassar Clements Bela Fleck : banjo, vocals Sam Bush : mandolin, vocals Jerry Douglas : dobro, vocals Stuart Duncan : fiddle Bryan Sutton : guitar Mark Schatz : bass Earl Scruggs : banjo Vassar Clements : fiddle
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Phish

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Michael McDonald / Joss Stone

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Shelby Lynne/Toni Price

Sultry vocalist Shelby Lynne leads off, with talented blues diva Toni Price capping the hour.

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Dolly Parton with Nickel Creek

The one and only queen of country performs the music of her Appalachian upbringing, and young bluegrass sensations Nickel Creek showcase their soaring harmonies and instrumental virtuosity.
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Richard Thompson

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Brooks & Dunn

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David Byrne

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Bonnie Raitt and Special Guests

The start of the 28th season sees Grammy award winner, Bonnie Raitt, play to a dedicated audience.

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Alison Krauss & Union Station

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Robert Plant

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Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne performs old favorites and music from his new album.

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Beck

Indie pop star Beck appears on ACL to sing his mellow hits with a funky twist.

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Pat Green / Cory Morrow

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Steve Winwood

Season 29 kicks off with Rock legend Steve Winwood. Winwood has managed to stay popular and successful through more than 30 years in the music business. More importantly, his music has stayed relevant and ground breaking through all that time.

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Susan Tedeschi / Ruthie Foster

ACL presents two musicians who have taken their background in soul music and evolved into different genres. Susan Tedeschi is a multi-talented blues guitarist, while Ruthie Foster is a folk-rock specialist.

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Vince Gill

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Tracy Chapman

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Rosanne Cash / Neko Case

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John Mayer with Special Guests Buddy Guy and Double Trouble

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Jason Mraz / Fountains of Wayne

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Guster / Los Lonely Boys

Guster and Los Lonely Boys play to a packed house of screaming fans.

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Ben Harper

Ben Harper's soulful lyrics and social commentary are highlighted by his eclectic style. From soul southern gospel to 70's funk, Harper inspires devoted fans.

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Keith Urban / Rodney Crowell

Singer Keith Urban performs songs from his CD ``Golden Road''; singer Rodney Crowell performs songs from his CD ``Fate's Right Hand.''

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Roy Orbison

The legendary Roy Orbison, whose career spans four decades, performs his greatest hits ``Working for the Man'' and ``Cryin'.''
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John Fogerty

ohn Fogerty is a rock legend who rarely appears on television, but he makes an exception to launch ACL's 30th season.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph uses his pedal steel guitar to create unique musical fusions of rock, gospel, soul and blues.

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Damien Rice followed by Patty Griffin

Irish singer/songwriter, Damien Rice, brings his soulful lyrics to the ACL stage. Patty Griffin is a long-time ACL viewer whose personal songs highlight her graceful voice.

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Michael McDonald followed by Joss Stone

Strong and unique voices mark this episode. Michael McDonald has a signature sound all his own. While, Joss Stone is a young singer with a powerful and soulful voice.

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Lyle Lovett followed by Jamie Cullum

Austin favorite, Lyle Lovett, has gained national recognition by expanding the sound of country to include jazz, blues and pop. Pianist Jamie Cullum is a London sensation who infuses rock with jazz and dance.

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Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is multi-Grammy award winner. On this special episode, filmed at the Austin City Limits Musicfest, Crow sings past hits, new songs, and manages a few surprises for the crowd.

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Polyphonic Spree followed by Ozomatli

This episode's theme is big innovation. Polyphonic Spree has more than 20 members who dress in colorful choir robes. Their pop epics and energetic live performances have inspired a cult-like following. Next, Grammy award winners, Ozomatli, brings their 10-piece band to the stage. The L.A. band fuses Latin rhythms, Middle Eastern and African beats with modern hip-hop.

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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello and the Imposters perform songs from their new album and some old favorites. The music is signified by Costello's genre bending style.

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The Flaming Lips followed by The Shins

The Flaming Lips perform emotional, artsy indie-rock. While, The Shins focus on clever, witty pop songs.

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Wilco followed by Bright Eyes

This episode has a theme: musical innovation. Both featured bands have outgrown the labels music experts have put on them to create unique sounds and haunting melodies.

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Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio, former Phish frontman, performs his skillful improvisation live in an outdoor arena.

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Modest Mouse followed by Guided by Voices

Modest Mouse is known as genre-bending indie rock band on their way up. Guided by Voices has been performing together for over 10 years, but they have recently decided to call it quits. This is one of the last performances of the band.

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Pixies

Legendary alternative rockers, the Pixies, reunite on the ACL stage.
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Jack Johnson followed by Rilo Kiley

Jack Johnson's mix of folk, blues, hip-hop, and rock make his music unique and addictive. Rilo Kiley presents playful yet emotional songs that fuse indie-rock with neo-country.

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Alison Krauss and Union Station followed by Kathleen Edwards

Alison Krauss and Union Station have worked relentlessly to elevate Kentucky bluegrass into mainstream sensibilities. Next, Kathleen Edwards sings country-rock.

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Etta James

Etta James is an R&B legend. With 50 years in the music business, she more than deserved her Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

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Ben Folds followed by Ray LaMontagne

Ben Folds' solo career includes his new release "Songs for Silverman"; (Recorded: May 11, 2005) In Between Days Jesusland Still Fighting It Gracie Not the Same Ray LaMontagne performs songs from his debut album. (Recorded: July 23, 2005) Jolene Trouble Shelter Train Song Heaven Is A Honky-Tonk

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The Killers followed by Spoon

Moving from indie-rock to mainstream, The Killers have an individual style. Austin band, Spoon, explores their own indie-rock style on the ACL stage.

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John Prine followed by Amos Lee

After surviving a grueling battle with cancer, John Prine returns to the stage to promote his new CD. Amos Lee's lyrics have been likened to poetry with a folk and soul background.

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Franz Ferdinand followed by What Made Milwaukee Famous

ACL once again opens the stage to indie rock bands on the verge of their breakthrough. Both bands infuse humor with rock and intelligence with dance beats. While Scottish quartet, Franz Ferdinand, is working towards national recognition; What Made Milwaukee Famous is quickly becoming an Austin superstar.

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Coldplay

This English band has made a name for themselves in the world of rock and roll. Special guest, Michael Stipe from R.E.M., drops by to play some songs with the band.

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Blues Traveler followed by Café Tacuba

Blues Traveler uses harmonica riffs and John Popper's unique voice to create their distinctive rock and blues music. Next, Café Tacuba proves on ACL why they have such a large international following.

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Ryan Adams followed by Tift Merritt

Ryan Adams and Tift Merritt appear on ACL and express their powerful lyrics. The music of both artists shows strong influences from country, rock and soul.

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Widespread Panic

This hour-long episode features a road warrior band. Widespread Panic has numerous fans but have not achieved widespread national success.

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Gretchen Wilson followed by Miranda Lambert

Country's leading ladies take the ACL stage. A member of Country Music's Mafia, Gretchen Wilson is rapidly becoming a country superstar. Next, Texas native Miranda Lambert has packed a big punch in her debut CD.

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Death Cab for Cutie followed by My Morning Jacket

Death Cab for Cutie performs songs from "Plans" and "Transatlanticism" (Recorded: November 6, 2005) The New Year A Movie Script Ending Soul Meets Body Summer Skin I Was a Kaleidoscope Title and Registration Crooked Teeth Kentucky newcomers, My Morning Jacket, promote their unique soundscapes (Recorded: November 20, 2005) Golden Gideon What a Wonderful Man Dondante Anytime
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Ray Davies

Ray Davies rarely appears on television, but he makes an exception to his own rule by appearing on ACL. The former Kinks front man kicks off ACL's 32nd season.

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The New Orleans Social Club

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, the Social Club celebrates the Crescent City on ACL. A variety of special guests join them on stage.

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Juanes

Named by Time magazine as “one of the 100 most influential people in the world,” Juanes is a Columbian born musician. ACL is proud to introduce him to a US audience.

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Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo enjoys extreme critical praise but little commercial success.

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Sufjan Stevens followed by Calexico

The underground rock scene is alive and well. Two of its most popular acts appear on ACL.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

ACL introduces its audience to South African music traditions and Christian Gospel sounds.

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, continues his exploration of groundbreaking music. He also plays some of his classic hits that have inspired generations.

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Corinne Bailey Rae followed by KT Tunstall

First, Corinne Bailey Rae brings her lush, rich voice to the ACL studio. She started with critical success in the UK and has achieved commercial success around the world. Next, KT Tunstall has been a star in her native country of Scotland for awhile, but she has only recently been discovered in the US. This ACL performance showcases her unique talent.

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Los Lonely Boys followed by The Gourds

Los Lonely Boys share their "Texican rock 'n' roll" style (From the ACL Taping Program on October 12, 2006) Oye Mamacita Roses Texican Style My Way Outlawsw The Gourds blend country, folk, Tex-Mex and Cajun music (From the ACL Taping Program on June 6, 2006) Lower 48 Burn the Honeysuckle El Paso Mr. Betty Jesus Christ with Signs Following Do 4 U

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The Raconteurs followed by Cat Power

Four friends gather together to form a new band. Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler make innovative and fun music. Next, Cat Power brings their emotionally charged indie-rock to the ACL studio for some cathartic rock.

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Damian Marley

Damian Marley, as the youngest son of Bob Marley, has struggled to establish his own musical identity. His sophomore album clearly defined his own brand of reggae with realistic rhymes and eclectic beats. He appears to promote his successful third release.

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James Blunt followed by James McMurtry

James Blunt is leading the wave of young British artists who are captivating American audiences. Next, James McMurtry uses his music to tell witty and and expansive stories.

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Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks bring their powerful new album to the ACL stage. Infused with personal and provocative songs, each melody tells a story.
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Norah Jones

Native Texan, Norah Jones, returns to the ACL stage for an hour of her incredible piano playing, jazzy song style, and throaty vocals.

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The Decemberists followed by Explosions in the Sky

Progressive pop pioneers, The Decemberists, make their ACL debut. Next, Explosions in the Sky, well known for the movie scores, appears in a powerful live stage performance.

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Femi Kuti with Positive Force

Femi Kuti is more than a musician. This Nigerian political activist plays music to inspire change. And yet, his music continues to be upbeat with an African beat.

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Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed

Current blues stars, many of whom are legends in their own right, pay homage to Jimmy Reed.

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Wilco

The ever-evolving Wilco returns to Austin City Limits, performing classics and cuts from its latest disk Sky Blue Sky.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire has gained critical acclaim for their indie rock in Canada. Their two albums, Neon Bible and Funeral, provide plenty of songs to entertain the ACL crowd.

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Paolo Nutini Followed by Grupo Fantasma

Paolo Nutini, who has found great success in the UK, debuts on ACL with his soulful renditions from his popular album. Next, Austin's own Grupo Fantasma explores the funky side of Latin music with a high energy stage show.

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John Mayer

Although John Mayer has performed on the Austin City Limits' stage before, he's never been here with this degree of success.

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Lucinda Williams followed by Old Crow Medicine Show

Lucinda Williams has received numerous awards for her songwriting and singing. In this episode, she introduces the Austin audience to her newest set of masterful songs. Next, Old Crow Medicine Show plays old-time string music with a rock and roll twist.

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Bloc Party followed by Ghostland Observatory

England’s Bloc Party take the stage with their grooving, politically charged postpunk as presented on its second album A Weekend in the City. Austin electro rock duo Ghostland Observatory follows with the kind of kinetic performance on which they’ve built a national reputation.

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Crowded House

Reunited after 12 years, New Zealand favorite Crowded House makes its first television appearance since the mid-90s supporting its new album Time On Earth.

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Kings of Leon followed by Roky Erickson

Kings of Leon, a Nashville band of brothers, appears in the ACL studio for a rocking good time. Next, Texas legend Roky Erickson plays the psychedelic rock and roll he's been playing for 40 years.

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Brad Paisley followed by Dierks Bentley

Country superstar Brad Paisley brings his award winning guitar skills, singing talent, and songwriting to the ACL stage. Next, Dierks Bentley is a singer on the rise.

14

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The festival celebrates the current resurgence of bluegrass music with fans of all ages. Yet as its name suggests, the festival includes music and performers that go far beyond bluegrass. Every summer since 2001, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which is free to the public, draws hundreds of thousands of music-lovers to the meadows of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to hear music that includes traditional bluegrass, alternative country, and many performers who cross the standard genre lines. The 2007 festival drew an estimated 500,000 fans.
Episode Description

1

R.E.M.

In their debut Austin City Limits appearance, influential superstars R.E.M. take the stage in support of their latest acclaimed record Accelerate.

2

Bettye LaVette followed by Pinetop Perkins

R&B veteran Bettye LaVette sings songs from her critically-lauded album The Scene of the Crime, followed by legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins and his catalog of blues classics.

3

Songwriters Special: Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Joe Ely

Acclaimed tunesmiths Lyle Lovett and his friends John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely pool their talents for this special episode of Austin City Limits.

4

Jakob Dylan followed by Carrie Rodriguez

Wallflowers leader Jakob Dylan showcases tunes from his debut solo album Seeing Things, followed by songwriter/violinist Carrie Rodriguez performing songs from her latest album She Ain’t Me.

5

My Morning Jacket

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the ACL stage to showcase their latest acclaimed album Evil Urges.

6

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings followed by Carolyn Wonderland

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings burn up the stage with their modern take on classic soul and funk. Texas treasure Carolyn Wonderland follows with her incendiary blend of rock, blues and soul.

7

Aimee Mann followed by Iron & Wine

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann debuts on the ACL stage with tunes from her latest album @#%&*! Smilers. Folk rockers Iron & Wine, showcasing their acclaimed The Shepherd’s Dog CD, follow.

8

Gnarls Barkley followed by Thievery Corporation

Gnarls Barkley plays his unique combination of rhythm and blues, rock and progressive hip-hop. Next, Thievery Corporation introduces the audience to its eccentric world beats.

9

Foo Fighters

Grammy Award-winners the Foo Fighters rock the ACL stage with songs from their latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Taped: September 29, 2008:

10

Manu Chao

French/Spanish singer/songwriter and international star Manu Chao showcases politically-charged, danceable rock & roll from his album La Radiolina. Taped September 23, 2008:

11

Nick Lowe followed by The Swell Season

British songwriting legend Nick Lowe surveys his 30-plus year catalog with classics and new tunes. Oscar-winning duo Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, AKA the Swell Season, performs cuts from the soundtrack of their movie Once.

12

Drive-By Truckers followed by Ryan Bingham

Rolling Stone called the Drive-By Truckers "the boldest, baddest Southern band in the land" and the band has been living up to that moniker for the last decade. The band fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that tell real stories. "They let the songwriting speak for itself, and it sings loud and clear" (Rolling Stone).

13

Sarah McLachlan followed by Duffy

With the release of her greatest hits collection, Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan, the multi-Grammy Winning singer, songwriter and activist makes her Austin City Limits debut.
Episode Description

1

Dave Matthews Band

Rock superstars the Dave Matthews Band kick off ACL's 35th season with hits and songs from their latest album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.

2

Ben Harper and Relentless7

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times.

3

Kenny Chesney

Country music superstar Kenny Chesney hits the ACL stage for a tour through his greatest hits.

4

Andrew Bird / St. Vincent

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/song­writer, Andrew Bird has captured au­diences around the world with his unique style. Through amazing vocals, whistling, violin, guitar and glockenspiel, this Chica­go-born musician seems to have brought about a new phase of folk and indie rock.

5

M. Ward/Okkervil River

While “singing beautifully sad songs about mortality and feeling lonesome” (Rolling Stone) M. Ward has spent years crafting music to become one of the most acclaimed American musicians of the decade.

6

Elvis Costello/Band of Heathens

It’s been five years since Elvis Costello was last on the Austin City Limits stage. Tonight he returns as part of our 35th anniversary with new music that takes the music legend back-to-basics, combining his witty lyrics and country sounds “with a fitting old-timey feel” (Los Angeles Times).

7

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel

Singer-songwriter author, poet and actor, Willie Nelson rose to national stardom during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, but has remained both a musical and cultural icon through the decades. Since their inception in 1970, Asleep at the Wheel has won nine Grammy Awards, released more than 20 studio albums and have charted more than 20 singles on Billboard’s country charts. Tonight these country legends grace the Austin City Limits stage performing songs from their newest release, Willie and the Wheel.

8

Pearl Jam

One of the most popular and influential rock bands of the past two decades, Pearl Jam makes their Austin City Limits debut in celebration of their self-released new CD, Backspacer.

9

Allen Toussaint

Legendary New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint hits the ACL stage with songs from his latest LP, The Bright Mississippi, and classic hits like “Southern Nights.”

10

Mos Def/K’naan

Hip hop conquers the ACL stage with sets from alternative rapper/actor Mos Def, supporting his latest record, The Ecstatic, and Somalian native K’naan, performing songs from his acclaimed LP, Troubadour.

11

Avett Brothers/Heartless Bastards

Rising roots rock kings the Avett Brothers perform songs from their latest album, I and Love and You. Ohio-to-Austin transplants Heartless Bastards follow with their classic rock 'n roll.

12

Steve Earle/Kris Kristofferson

Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Kris Kristofferson follows with tunes from his latest album.

13

Esperanza Spalding/Madeleine Peyroux

Singer/composer/bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding debuts on ACL with a mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian pop. Contemporary torch singer Madeleine Peyroux follows in support of her album Bare Bones.

14

Them Crooked Vultures

Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin combine for high volume rock ‘n’ roll.
Episode Description

1

Jimmy Cliff

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has a career that spans almost 50 years. With “a voice that is preserved to startling perfection (Rolling Stone)” the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor for achievement in the arts and sciences granted by the Jamaican government, has a soon-to-be-released CD and a live show that has critics raving. Billboard wrote "Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has absolutely no business at 62 sounding as good as he does.”

2

Spoon

Hailed as “one of the most engaging American bands of the past decade” (The Phoenix) by critics and fans, Spoon returns to Austin City Limits for their third turn on the stage with a new album that “strikes a balance between its early angsty indie-rock and the soulful deconstructed pop of its 2007 release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (Billboard).

3

Patty Griffin & Friends

Patty Griffin’s remarkable ability to copiously fill every note on her newest album with the soulful passion of a gospel veteran leaves even the most discerning gospel critics in awe. And with her fifth appearance on the Austin City Limit stage, Griffin, and her group of special guests, will be inspiring awe with her “uplifting, moving, and exquisite” (Slant Magazine) live performance.

4

Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty

As “one of the genuine lights in rock music” (Billboard) Alejandro Escovedo returns to the Austin City Limits stage to perform songs from his soon-to-be-released CD. His authentic Austin sound has led him to national stardom and critical acclaim. “To call Alejandro Escovedo the godfather of modern country rock would sell him short,” wrote critic Will Hermes in Rolling Stone.

5

Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll

Making a name for himself back in 1984 with his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, Texas native Robert Earl Keen is now regarded as one of the most highly venerated country music veterans of the past 20 years.

6

Steve Martin / Sarah Jarosz

Bluegrass is the order of the night with Steve Martin and Sarah Jarosz. Comedian Martin picks up his banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers for new tunes in the old tradition. Young Texan Jarosz rewrites the bluegrass rules with her original songs and style.

7

Rosanne Cash / Brandi Carlile

Cash plays tunes from her C&W tribute album "The List." Carlile performs "Give Up the Ghost" songs.

8

John Legend & The Roots

The innovative hip-hop collective backs the Grammy-winning soul singer on soul covers and originals.

9

Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. Tonight they make their Austin City Limits debut performing songs from their newest releases plus a few classics. With timeless songs including “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” Cheap Trick is a musical institution. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band has been honored repeatedly for their contributions to the music industry. And with their most recent albums, starting with 1997’s self-titled release, the band has “reclaimed its sound and legacy” (Chicago Tribune). In the last few years, the band wrote and performed the theme song to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and performed the classic Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with an orchestra and guest artists Joan Osborne and Ian Ball for many critically-acclaimed shows. Their most current release, The Latest, has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick’s reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together. The Latest proves “no one beats them at their own game, and sometimes they even beat others at theirs,” wrote The Onion AV Club.

10

Monsters of Folk

Take one part My Morning Jacket, add one part She & Him and two parts Bright Eyes, and the result is a pristine super-group incorporating four exceptional artists that define the current indie-folk generation appropriately titled Monsters of Folk. Though not strangers to the Austin City Limits stage separately, tonight they make their onstage debut under this monicor performing songs from their self-titled debut album. Monster of Folk incorporates prolific musicians Conor Oberst, the songwriter and driving force behind Bright Eyes who defined the Omaha sound with his shivering vocals and melodic folk tracks as he became hailed to be "the next Dylan”; Jim James, falsetto-driven frontman of reverb-drenched alt-country group My Morning Jacket; M. Ward, American country-folk solo artist and half of the indie-pop duo She & Him; and producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, frequent Oberst collaborator and Bright Eyes mainstay. The quartet started playing together in 2004 for a slew of shows in the Northeast under the moniker “An Evening With: Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward” but didn’t wrap up their debut album in the midst of touring with respective projects. “It was never a question of where or how – it was just when,” says Ward of Monsters of Folk’s studio debut. “We knew we wanted to record an album after seeing that we had good chemistry on tour.” Their 2009 eponymous self-titled debut has been described as “a stunning record — cohesive and consistent and ambitious for how much ground it covers” [Esquire] and a "harmonious and occasionally electrified blend of folk-rock, country and white soul” [USA Today].

11

The National / Band of Horses

While lead singer Matt Berninger sustains The National with his resonant baritone voice, his bandmates masterfully round out their soul-haunting sound. With their cathartic, raw and reflective new release, High Violet, “The National has graduated from being a critic's band. Now it belongs to everyone.” (Onion AV Club). Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Their first full-length releases, including Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, gained critical attention for “deftly balancing country, classical and cabaret” (Alternative Press). 2005’s Alligator included underground anthem “Mr. November,” and raised their profile as The National grew into an incendiary live band. 2007’s Boxer took the band to new levels and earned them spots on many Top 10 albums of the decade list. PopMatters wrote “This album, like all great albums, somehow transcends all the factors that makes it work, absorbs them in a seamless whole and breaks your heart in the process.” The National’s newest release, High Violet, reveals even deeper musical and lyrical wonders with each listen. “We started out trying to make a light and happy record, but it just didn't happen,” said Berninger. “This album is catchier and more fun than our other records, and bleaker in its ideas and themes.” “Somehow we create our own little world, and it works, even though sometimes it shouldn’t,” said Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano). “The process can be difficult, but eventually something beautiful and cohesive will emerge. Making something heartfelt is our only concern.”

12

Sonic Youth / The Black Keys

With their free-form instrumentation, catchy melodies, innovative use of feedback, and unconventional guitar tunings, Sonic Youth are the pioneers of noisy avant-garde post-punk and have defined the modern genre of indie rock. Formed in NYC almost three decades ago, Sonic Youth led the No Wave music and art movement of the 1980s and have since then progressed to dominate the alternative music scene as arguably one of the most influential bands of the past 25 years. Appearing on the Austin City Limits stage for the first time, the band delivers explosive tracks both new and old that have continuously redefined the abilities of modern rock guitar. Started by guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo and bassist Kim Gordon in 1981, Sonic Youth released their self-titled debut illustrative of their early experimental roots. Since then, the band has released 16 albums over the span of nearly 20 years, including the iconic Daydream Nation that is preserved in the Library of Congress. They continue to define a culture of unconventionally mainstream noise rock. "I think our music sounded more different in the ’80s and early ’90s," said Ranaldo. "In the early days of noise rock, only a small contingent of musicians used discordant sounds or alternate tunings to make records. To the rest of the music community, it was definitely odd-sounding music." The band’s most recent release, 2009’s The Eternal, marks the band's longest break between studio albums. It was well-received by critics galore and “secures its makers’ position at the forefront of American rock music” [Clash]. Incorporating nostalgic elements of the legacy Sonic Youth has created, Rolling Stone describes, “The Eternal sums up almost everything this band has done over three decades, punk sneers and psychedelic guitars pimping a proudly pretentious belief in rock as art.”

13

Lyle Lovett / Bob Schneider

Since his first headlining appearance on Austin City Limits in 1987, Lyle Lovett has been a dear friend and key figure in the show’s history. An iconic Texas artist with strong country-western roots, the scope of Lovett’s musical appetites harvesting elements from gospel, jazz, pop, and folk has lent itself to a body of work that truly reflects the spirit of Austin City Limits. Since 1980, the Texas-born singer-songwriter has dazzled audiences with his unconventional brand of Americana country music that has undoubtedly transformed him from a local legend to a nationalized success. With his witty charismatic songs featuring an extensive blend of blues, country, jazz, Texas swing and more, Lovett’s legacy has dubbed him the Texas poster boy of genre-fusing success and resulted in his attainment of being honored with four Grammy wins, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. Lovett’s long history with the show began before his 1987 headlining show as a member of the studio audience for several tapings. He first took the stage as a performer in 1984 singing backup for Nanci Griffith. He has appeared on the show more than a dozen times making him one of the most frequent guests in the show’s history. On Lovett’s latest album Natural Forces, he returns to the classic country of his earlier career, with performs stunning originals showcasing his humor and insight as well as tributes to some of Texas’s finest country musicians. Paste Magazine writes Natural Forces “once again proves he can stand alongside the finest storytellers” and the Boston Globe wrote the songs “represent some of his best, most poignant work.”
Episode Description

1

Mumford & Sons / Flogging Molly

Blending acoustic instrumentation, rock 'n' roll drive and a tireless work ethic, Mumford & Sons have an international reputation as one of the best live bands, winning the hearts of their audiences with their masterful, melancholy voices and musical skills. With their astounding melodies and a heavy influence of traditional Irish folk music, Flogging Molly has brought the distinct spheres of rock and folk music a little closer with a unique trademark of old fashioned Celtic punk that has held a distinct fan base for the past decade.

2

Raphael Saadiq / Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Raphael Saadiq brings his retro-modern sound to Austin City Limits

3

Widespread Panic

During the early ’90s, Widespread Panic emerged among successors to the Grateful Dead dynasty. Since then, the Athens-based collective has established an impressive reputation of constant touring, luminous improvisation, and state-of-the-art rock ‘n’ roll.

4

The Decemberists / Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

With the ability to create a sound that blends American folk with a hint of southern gothic inspiration, The Decemberists have garnered a fan base that is loyal to their eclectic style. Tonight, the band makes their second appearance on Austin City Limits with their enchanting and melodic folk tale ballads. American singer-songwriter Gillian Welch has allured audiences with her deep country lyrics and Americana sound for decades. Tonight she makes her third appearance on Austin City Limits and is joined by David Rawlings.

5

Steve Miller Band / Preservation Hall Jazz Band

ACL presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Miller takes a tour through his catalog of classic rock hits. The PHJB presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket

6

Miranda Lambert / Jeff Bridges

7

Randy Newman

8

Americana Music Festival 2011

The Monsters of Folk supergroup (My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, and M. Ward) perform selections from their 2009 eponymous album.

9

Tom Waits

Tom Waits performs in this encore presentation of a classic episode from 1979.

10

Coldplay New Years Eve

Modern rock giants Coldplay ring in the New Year with a 90-minute Austin City Limits New Year's Eve special highlighting their mega-hits and songs from their newest LP, "Mylo Xyloto." This historic holiday celebration captures the excitement and energy of the Grammy-winning band that has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

11

The Head and the Heart / Gomez

Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the ACL stage with the Head and the Heart and Gomez. Seattle's the Head and the Heart performs tunes from its self-titled debut LP. British veterans Gomez follow with their eclectic modern rock.

12

Arcade Fire

The indie-rock band Arcade Fire perform songs from its Grammy-winning 2010 album "The Suburbs."

13

Fleet Foxes / Joanna Newsom

Folk meets indie rock with Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Fleet Foxes draw from their latest LP Helplessness Blues. Joanna Newsom follows with her ethereal sound featuring harp and unique vocals.

14

Florence + The Machine / Lykke Li

Experimental modern rock rules with Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li. Bluesy singer Florence showcases her LP Lungs, while Swedish chanteuse Li highlights her LP Wounded Rhymes.

15

Wilco

American alternative rock band Wilco performs a number of songs from their most recent album, "The Whole Love," including "Art of Almost,""Bull Black Nova,""War on War,""Dawned on Me," and "Cruel to be Kind" with singer and songwriter Nick Lowe.

16

Coldplay

Episode Description

1

Radiohead

The band performs songs from its Grammy-nominated LP The King of Limbs.

2

Bon Iver

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album.

3

Bonnie Raitt / Mavis Staples

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop. Raitt presents songs from her latest album Slipstream, while Staples performs songs from You Are Not Alone and Staple Singers classics.

4

The Shins / Dr. Dog

ACL presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog. The Shins play songs from their latest record Port of Morrow, while Dr. Dog highlights Be the Void.

5

The Civil Wars / Punch Brothers

The Civil Wars play tunes from their Grammy-winning album Barton Hollow. Punch Brothers showcase their latest Who’s Feeling Young Now?

6

Jack White

After rising to the top of the garage rock revival with the White Stripes, Jack White has maintained his stature as one of the most successful musicians, both critically and commercially, of the modern era. Here he returns for his second appearance on Austin City Limits with an unforgettable night of rock ‘n’ roll.

7

Rodrigo y Gabriela

With their thrilling and dynamic hybrid of metal, Latin and jazz, guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have become an international sensation with their flawless live performances. For their debut Austin City Limits performance, they are backed by C.U.B.A., a 6-piece Cuban orchestra with whom they recorded their latest record Area 52.

8

Norah Jones / Kat Edmonson

Jazz and pop cross on ACL with Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson. Jones sings songs from her Dangermouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts. Edmonson showcases the song stylings of her LP Way Down Low.

9

Bob Mould / Delta Spirit

ACL showcases alternative rock with Bob Mould and Delta Spirit. Punk veteran Mould showcases cuts from across his career, while young bucks Delta Spirit highlight their self-titled LP.

10

Tim McGraw

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the ACL stage with his greatest hits and brand new material.

11

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes / tUnE-yArDs

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to the ACL stage. The Zeroes support their LP Here, while tUnE-yArDs performs material from w h o k i l l.

12

Gary Clark Jr. / Alabama Shakes

ACL presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes. Austin guitarist Clark showcases his major label debut, while Alabama’s Shakes spotlight their critically acclaimed Boys & Girls.

13

Esperanza Spalding

ACL presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society. Esperanza Spalding dedicates this program to the guitarist Jef Lee Johnson who passed away January 28, 2013. This Austin City Limits episode was their last performance together.
Episode Description

1

Juanes / Jesse & Joy

Season 39 opens with Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes; and the Mexican pop-rock duo Jesse & Joy.

2

Phoenix

Phoenix, a French rock band, perform selections from its 2013 "Bankrupt!" album, including "Entertainment," as well as the songs ""Lisztomania" and "1901."

3

The Lumineers / Shovels & Rope

The Lumineers, a folk-rock band from Denver, perform "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love"; the South Carolina-based folk duo Shovels & Rope perform selections from their 2012 album "O' Be Joyful."

4

Vampire Weekend / Grizzly Bear

ACL presents indie rock with Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. Vampire Weekend plays songs from its latest Modern Vampires of the City, while fellow New York act Grizzly Bear highlights its album Shields.

5

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the ACL, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

6

Emeli Sandé / Michael Kiwanuka

Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé; Michael Kiwanuka performs songs from his debut album, ''Home Again.''

7

Jim James / The Black Angels

Alternative rock with My Morning Jacket singer Jim James; the Black Angels perform songs from ''Indigo Meadow.''

8

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP …Like Clockwork.

9

Jason Isbell / Neko Case

ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

10

fun. / Dawes

Indie-pop band fun. and folk-rockers Dawes perform.

11

Portugal. The Man / Local Natives

Indie rockers Portugal. The Man and Local Natives perform.

12

Sarah Jarosz / The Milk Carton Kids

Sarah Jarosz performs selections from her 2013 "Build Me Up From Bones" album; the Milk Carton Kids perform songs from their 2013 "The Ash & Clay" CD.

13

Kacey Musgraves / Dale Watson

Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs selections from her 2013 "Same Trailer Different Park" album; honky-tonker Dale Watson serves up songs from throughout his career.
Episode Description

1

Beck

Join alt.rock superstar Beck for ACL’s season premiere. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

2

Ed Sheeran / Valerie June

Singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform. Sheeran performs his hits "Sing!" and "A-Team" while June spotlights songs from her 2013 "Pushin' Against a Stone" album.

3

Nine Inch Nails

Austin City Limits presents an epic hour with Nine Inch Nails. The special broadcast airs as a preview of our upcoming milestone 40th Anniversary Season. NIN’s arena-worthy ACL debut showcases ten songs.

4

Tweedy

Tweedy, led by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, perform selections from the 2014 "Sukierae" album.

5

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform selections from throughout their career, including their 2013 "Push the Sky Away" album.

6

Los Lobos / Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Los Lobos celebrate their 40th anniversary by performing songs from throughout their career. Also: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down showcase songs from their 2013 "We the Common" album.

7

Eric Church

Eric Church performs. Included: selections from his 2014 "The Outsiders" album.

8

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014

Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne and Taj Mahal perform at the 2014 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

9

The Avett Brothers / Nickel Creek

The Avett Brothers perform selections from their 2013 "Magpie and the Dandelion" album and Nickel Creek spotlight songs their 2014 "A Dotted Line" album.

10

Spoon / White Denim

Spoon spotlights selections from their 2014 "They Want My Soul" album and White Denim perform songs from their 2013 "Corsicana Lemonade" album.

11

Sam Smith / Future Islands

Sam Smith spotlights selections from his 2014 "In the Lonely Hour" album, including "Stay With Me" and Future Islands perform "Seasons (Waiting on You)" and other songs from their 2014 "Singles" album.

12

Ryan Adams / Jenny Lewis

Ryan Adams spotlights songs from his self-titled 2014 album and Jenny Lewis features selections from her 2014 "The Voyager" album.

13

The Black Keys / J. Roddy Walston & the Business

The Black Keys feature songs from their 2014 "Turn Blue" album and J. Roddy Walston and the Business spotlight selections from their 2013 "Essential Tremors" album.

14

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters perform selections from their 2014 "Sonic Highways" album.

15

2014 Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble are among the performers at the first "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame ceremony.
Episode Description

1

2015 Hall of Fame Special

Season 41 opens with Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell saluting Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez at the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

2

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson performs selections from her 2015 "Coming Forth by Day" album, which pays homage to Billie Holiday with re-interpretations of such Holiday classics as "Strange Fruit,""Don't Explain" and "Good Morning Heartache."

3

Sturgill Simpson / Asleep at the Wheel

Sturgill Simpson performs songs from his 2014 "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" album, including "Life of Sin"; and Asleep at the Wheel perform songs from their 2015 "Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" album.

4

Don Henley

Don Henley showcases songs from his first solo album in 15 years, “Cass County” which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey.

5

Gary Clark Jr. / Courtney Barnett

Experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.” Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.”

6

TV on the Radio / The War on Drugs

Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War On Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

7

James Taylor

James Taylor performs some of his most beloved songs as well as selections from his 2015 album, “Before This World.”

8

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks, and more perform at the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony.

9

Alabama Shakes / Vintage Trouble

Thrill to the rocking R&B sounds of Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble. The Shakes showcase their latest LP Sound & Color during their second ACL appearance. Vintage Trouble make their debut emphasizing their most recent album 1 Hopeful Road.

10

Kendrick Lamar

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop of Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP To Pimp a Butterfly alongside his hits.

11

Ryan Adams / Shakey Graves

Enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort “And the War Came.”

12

Angelique Kidjo

Revel in the high energy performance of African singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP “Eve.”

13

Sleater-Kinney / Heartless Bastards

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP “No Cities to Love.” Austin rockers Heartless Bastards showcase their latest LP “Restless Ones.”

14

Leon Bridges / Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Fort Worth native Bridges channels an earlier era with songs from his debut LP “Coming Home.” Denver shouter/songwriter Rateliff centers on the self-titled debut with his band the Night Sweats.

15

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record “Let Me Get By.”
Episode Description

1

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter performs a set of solo hits, new songs and Fugees classics.

2

Paul Simon

Simon makes his Austin City Limits debut performing songs from his classic catalog and from his 13th solo album “Stranger to Stranger.”

3

James Bay / Rhiannon Giddens

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters James Bay and Rhiannon Giddens. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut “Chaos and the Calm.” North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut “Tomorrow is My Turn.”

4

Robert Plant

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

5

Florence + the Machine / Andra Day

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul from Florence + The Machine and Andra Day. British sensation Florence blazes through songs from her latest LP “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” San Diego’s Day sings tunes from her soulful debut “Cheers To the Fall.”

6

Iggy Pop

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop in his first-ever ACL appearance. The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album “Post Pop Depression,” accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

7

Natalia Lafourcade / Grupo Fantasma

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves.

8

My Morning Jacket / Ben Harper

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper. MMJ showcases cuts from their latest LP Waterfall, while Harper features songs from his most recent album Call It What It Is.

9

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016

10

Hall of Fame New Year's Eve

Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and B. B. King are inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. In addition to performances by Bonnie and Kris guest performers include Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Gary Clark and Taj Mahal.

10

Cyndi Lauper

Singer Cyndi Lauper presents a program of classics and country cover songs.

11

Margo Price / Hayes Carll

Country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll sing songs from their albums, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" and "Lovers and Leavers."

12

Band of Horses / Parker Millsap

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap. BOH play tunes from their album Why Are You OK, as Millsap supports The Very Last Day.

13

CeCe Winans / St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel with Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans and breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise.

14

Foals / Alejandro Escovedo

Revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo. Foals play tunes from their album “What Went Down,” while Texas bard Escovedo showcases “Burn Something Beautiful,” joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.