Austin City Limits

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  • 1976
  • 50 Seasons
  • 8.3  (326)

Austin City Limits is an American television music show that has been running on PBS since 1975. The show is taped in the Austin City Limits Studio at the University of Texas at Austin. The show features live performances by various well-known and emerging artists from a range of music genres including country, blues, rock, and folk. Many of the episodes feature interviews with the artists, allowing viewers a glimpse into their personal lives and creative processes.

One of the most iconic performances on the show comes from Willie Nelson, a Texas native and legendary country singer-songwriter. Nelson's first appearance on the show in 1974 helped to kick off the inaugural season of Austin City Limits, and he has since performed on the show multiple times over the years.

Another notable appearance on the show came from Lyle Lovett, a singer-songwriter from Klein, Texas, who blended country, folk, and jazz music into a unique sound. Lovett's performance on Austin City Limits highlights his incredible talent as a lyricist and musician.

John Prine, an American country-folk singer-songwriter, has also appeared on the show multiple times throughout his career. Prine's songs, which often tackled political and social issues, earned him a reputation among critics as a thought-provoking and insightful artist.

Over the years, Austin City Limits has featured countless other artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and B.B. King. The show has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Peabody Award in 2000.

What sets Austin City Limits apart from other music shows is its commitment to live performances and showcasing diverse musical styles. The show has played an important role in promoting the vibrant music scene in Austin since its inception over 40 years ago.

In addition, the show has also helped to launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to become household names. For example, the show's 1983 taping featuring the rock band U2 is credited with helping to increase the band's popularity in the United States.

Overall, Austin City Limits is a must-watch for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. The show's focus on live performances and diverse musical styles makes it a staple of American culture and a testament to the enduring power of live music.

Austin City Limits is a series that is currently running and has 50 seasons (444 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 1976.

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Bonnie Raitt
6. Bonnie Raitt
February 24, 2024
Blues, rock & soul maestro Bonnie Raitt returns to Austin City Limits for the first time in a decade performing classics and highlights from her triple 2023 Grammy-winning album “Just Like That” in an epic hour.
Alanis Morissette
5. Alanis Morissette
February 17, 2024
Modern rock superstar Alanis Morissette thrills with a career-spanning set on her Austin City Limits debut, featuring singalong gems “Hand in My Pocket,” “Ironic,” “Thank U” and “You Oughta Know.”
Noah Kahan / Flor de Toloache
4. Noah Kahan / Flor de Toloache
February 10, 2024
Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan performs tunes from "Stick Season"; the female mariachi act Flor de Toloache.
Tanya Tucker / Brittney Spencer
3. Tanya Tucker / Brittney Spencer
February 3, 2024
Country Music Hall of Famer Tanya Tucker sings songs from "Sweet Western Sound"; Brittney Spencer performs songs from her debut "My Stupid Life."
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
2. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
January 27, 2024
Rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo present a career-spanning hour of classic rock hits including "Heartbreaker," "We Belong" and "Love Is a Battlefield."
Robert Glasper; DOMi and JD Beck
1. Robert Glasper; DOMi and JD Beck
January 20, 2024
Grammy Award-winner Robert Glasper performs songs from "Black Radio"; DOMi and JD Beck perform tunes from their debut album "Not Tight."
Where to Watch Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Austin City Limits on demand at Vudu and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    January 3, 1976
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (326)