Austin City Limits

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  • 1976
  • 49 Seasons
  • 8.3  (314)

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 49 seasons (438 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 1976.

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Foo Fighters
7. Foo Fighters
November 18, 2023
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icons Foo Fighters return to rock Austin City Limits in an epic hour featuring classics alongside highlights from their acclaimed recent album “But Here We Are.”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
6. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
November 11, 2023
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are featured in an episode of Austin City Limits‘ 49th season broadcasting on PBS this Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET. The emotional set-opening performance of “Save The World” from the group’s third headline appearance on the show and first full-hour outing premieres exclusively below.
Jorge Drexler
5. Jorge Drexler
November 4, 2023
Jorge Drexler
Margo Price / Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
4. Margo Price / Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
October 28, 2023
Country iconoclast Margo Price returns to Austin City Limits in support of her lauded album “Strays,” while award-winning bluegrass stars Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway make their ACL debut with their LP “City of Gold.”
Lil Yachty / Sudan Archives
3. Lil Yachty / Sudan Archives
October 21, 2023
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music and beyond. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage.
Jenny Lewis / MUNA
2. Jenny Lewis / MUNA
October 14, 2023
Brand new Austin City Limits episodes are coming to PBS this October. Season 49 kicks off on 10/7 with Rodrigo y Gabriela featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and includes performances by Foo Fighters, Jason Isbell, Bonnie Raitt, Jenny Lewis, MUNA, Lil Yachty, Margo Price, Noah Kahan and many more.
Rodrigo y Gabriela featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra
1. Rodrigo y Gabriela featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra
October 7, 2023
Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Austin City Limits accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in their ACL debut. Songs include “Monster” and “The Eye That Catches the Dream.”
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  (314)