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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
30 Seasons, 366 Episodes
January 3, 1976
Documentary & Biography, Music
8.1/10
Cast: Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, John Prine
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Austin City Limits Full Episode Guide

  • Performers include Sam Smith and Anderson East.

  • John Prine performs.

  • St. Vincent performs in the Season 17 premiere.

  • Chris Stapleton highlights his acclaimed second album, "From a Room, Volume 1"; and the Turnpike Troubadours draw from their 2017 record, "A Long Way From Your Heart."

  • Enjoy modern pop and roots music from Akron's Dan Auerbach and Austin's Shinyribs.

  • LCD Soundsystem perform selections from its "American Dream" album.

  • Hip-hop duo Run the Jewels performs songs from ``Run the Jewels 3'' as well as greatest hits.

  • Jazz keyboardist-composer Herbie Hancock performs.

  • Savor the best in Americana with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires. Isbell and his band showcase their acclaimed roots rock from “The Nashville Sound.” Singer/songwriter/violinist Shires unveils her distinctive take on country music from “My Piece of Land.”

  • Singer-songwriter Father John Misty performs songs from ``Pure Comedy''; psych rockers The Black Angels.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Relish an hour with bestselling pop sensation Ed Sheeran. The British singer/songwriter performs hits and songs from his latest album “÷”

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