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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
29 Seasons, 351 Episodes
January 3, 1976
Documentary & Biography, Music
8.1/10
Cast: Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss
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Austin City Limits Full Episode Guide

  • Revel in the best performances from the 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony.

  • The Head and the Heart perform songs from its 2016 album, "Signs of Light"; and Benjamin Booker spotlights his 2017 album, "Witness."

  • Enjoy a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third ACL appearance.

  • Singer-songwriter Norah Jones performs songs from ``Day Breaks''; indie folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen's set includes songs from ``My Woman.''

  • Southern country rockers Zac Brown Band perform songs from ``Welcome Home'' as well as their greatest hits.

  • The Pretenders perform selections from their 2016 "Alone" album as well as such past classics as "Back on the Chain Gang," "Brass in Pocket" and "Middle of the Road."

  • Enjoy one hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo. Foals play music 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 celebrities.

  • An hour of soul and gospel music with Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans and breakout wonders St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

  • Modern roots jam with Band of Horses; Parker Millsap performs songs from "The Very Last Day.''

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

  • Singer Cyndi Lauper performs a line-up of classics and country cover songs.

  • Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are welcomed into the "Austin City Limits Hall of Fame." Performances by Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

  • 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."

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ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2017 | Margo Price "Do Right By Me" Clip (03:46) ACL: Backstage - Unsung Heroes - Episode 3 Clip (06:23) Zac Brown Band in ACL: Backstage - Episode 2 Clip (06:23) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2017 | Robert Cray "You Must Believe in Yourself" Clip (04:31) Ed Sheeran in ACL: Backstage - Episode 1 Clip (08:09) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2017 | John Prine & Iris Dement "In Spite of Ourselves" Clip (03:14) ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2017 | Van Morrison "Transformation" Clip (03:40) Austin City Limits Interview with Benjamin Booker Clip (05:13)