It’s been five years since Elvis Costello was last on the Austin City Limits stage. Tonight he returns as part of our 35th anniversary with new music that takes the music legend back-to-basics, combining his witty lyrics and country sounds “with a fitting old-timey feel” (Los Angeles Times).
Costello has had a long relationship with the country roots genre and an equally long relationship with its key city, Nashville. Costello first recorded in Nashville with George Jones in 1979 and again for Almost Blue, his 1981 album of classic country covers. He returned to the city in 2004 to record a duet rendition of “The Scarlet Tide” with Emmylou Harris. This song, co-written with T Bone Burnett, received an Academy Award nomination for Alison Krauss’ rendition in the motion picture, “Cold Mountain” in 2003.
Teaming up again with Burnett, Costello’s newest release, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane “marks a full-blown return to Nashville” (Boston Globe) with music that “brings out the terser side of one of pop’s most prolix lyricists, with some spectacular results” (Rolling Stone). Burnet and Costello put together a supergroup of bluegrass musicians for the recording including Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (double bass). These musicians have joined Costello on tour as The Sugarcanes.
With Secret, Profane & Sugarcane “Costello once again hits his mark and makes yet another case for his position among the greatest songwriters of his generation” wrote Under the Radar.