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After two decades leading his main outfit Wilco, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Jeff Tweedy returns for his fifth appearance on the Austin City Limits stage. Backed by a newly-formed band including his 18-year-old son Spencer Tweedy on drums, Jeff performs material from his release Sukierae, in addition to a solo acoustic set of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo favorites.

Sukierae (sue-key-ray) is nto quite a solo effort. It is the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy, and features 20 new Jeff Tweedy-written songs, performed by Jeff in a musical collaboration with Spencer.

“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”

With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals with new band members Darin Gray on bass, Jim Elkington on guitar and Liam Cunningham on keyboards. Tweedy and his band are also joined by special guests Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-base Lucius. ACL fans might remember Lucius from our Bloody Mary Morning Party during SXSW 2013. This episode marks Wolfe and Laessig’s Austin City Limits debut.

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