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Austin City Limits is always a showcase of exceptionally talented musicians who offer their skills to audiences in a relatively small studio setting where home viewers are left with a feeling that they are getting their own personal performance, right at home. Quaint is one adjective that describes the aura that is projected by these gifted entertainers and the taping venue. Warm, friendly, and inviting are others, which describe the subtle and friendly atmosphere.

One may enjoy the plethora of stars that will be routinely offered on a weekly basis. Concerts bring the viewer the songs that they already know and anxiously await to enjoy live from their favorite performers. Television fans are no different from those in attendance. The nearly intimate setting comes to life by way of both technology and human skill. Advance electronics deliver accurate sounds that the home listener will find comparable to what the audience is hearing. Camera technicians exhibit creativity that reveals each artist in a unique fashion. Video angles are often impressive with close-up imaging.

The performers represent many genres. Representing laid-back, yet popular performers, such names as Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, and Emmylou Harris, can be found on this popular Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program. Not only are the more casual entertainers seen, but other types are just as frequently seen, including those from Jazz: Buddy Guy, B.B. King,and Eric Johnson. There are singers who are anything but casual. Rock singers like The Allman Brothers Band, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Foo Fighters, have offered some of today's most popular songs to viewers who are getting an experience of being near the singers, without ever having to leave their home setting.

When one thinks about Austin City Limits, one may think about Austin, Texas and the heavy influence of country music that defines the state of Texas. As mentioned, there are genres of many that are represented. However, it is Country Music that the show finds itself gravitating toward most frequently. Performers, such as Willie Nelson, The Dixie Chicks, and Merle Haggard, often display their artistry through this recurrent, and often trendy showcase.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
28 Seasons, 338 Episodes - Currently Airing
January 3, 1976
Documentary & Biography, Music
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Austin City Limits Full Episode Guide

  • Experience the greatest performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony.

  • Enjoy the best in modern rock with acclaimed musicians My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper.

  • Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade performs music from her 2015 "Hasta la Ruiz" album. In addition: the Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma perform.

  • An exiting hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop in his first-ever ACL performance. The Detroit native plays classics and cuts from his latest album “Post Pop Depression,” accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

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

  • Enjoy new classics and fan faves from music celebrity Robert Plant. The British superstar sings classics from the archives of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

  • 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."

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

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

  • Performances by Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats from their 2015 albums.

  • Sleater-Kinney play songs from "No Cities to Love", Heartless Bastards play songs from "Restless Ones".

  • Performance by African musician Angelique Kidjo and her four part band.

  • Performances by Ryan Adams on acoustics, and Shakey Graves playing songs from "And the War Came".

  • Performance by hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar.

  • Performances by Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble.

  • The 2015 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony with performances by Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

  • James Taylor plays songs from "Before This World" and fan favorites.

  • TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs playing modern rock.

  • Guitar artist Gary Clark Jr. performs Modern rock, blues and soul; Courtney Barnett, songwriter and singer from Australia, also performs.

  • Music from the album "Cass County" performed by Don Henley.

  • "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music", played by Sturgill Simpson; western swing classics played by Asleep at the Wheel.

  • Cassandra Wilson sings to pay tribute to Billie Holiday.

  • Season 41 premiere.

Most Popular Austin City Limits Episodes

  • Season 42 Episode 8 My Morning Jacket / Ben Harper 11/12/2016
  • Season 41 Episode 14 Leon Bridges / Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night... 2/06/2016

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Austin City Limits Live Streaming Event with Alejandro Escovedo Clip (00:00) Austin City Limits #3406: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "How Do I Let a Good Man Down?" Clip (03:59) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 | George Strait "King of Broken Hearts" Clip (03:24) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 | Bob Weir "Mama Tried" Clip (03:25) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 | Jason Isbell "If It Takes a Lifetime" Clip (03:59) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 | Alison Krauss "Gloryland" Clip (04:56) Austin City Limits 1204: Leon Russell, "A Song For You" Clip (04:54) My Morning Jacket on Austin City Limits "Believe (Nobody Knows)" Clip (05:04)