New tapings: J. Roddy Walston & the Business and Future Islands

photo by Robin Laanane

ACL’s 40th anniversary season continues to heat up with a pair of new tapings in September: J. Roddy Walston and the Business on 9/2 and Future Islands on 9/25.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business exploded out of their hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee on the strength of a demo that won a showcase for a national festival. Self-releasing their debut EP, the singer/songwriter and his trio relocated to Baltimore, releasing two more EPs and the full-length Hail Mega Boys. A couple of years’ hard touring led to the band signing with taste-making indie label Vagrant Records for 2010’s self-titled album, which City Paper called “what would happen if Queen and Black Oak Arkansas birthed four boys in the backwoods and let them listen to nothing but Cheap Trick and showtunes.” National tours with the Drive-By Truckers, Shovels & Rope and others followed, as well as appearances at the SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits music festivals. In 2013 the group signed to ATO Records and released Essential Tremors, described by All Music Guide as “a fine outing from a versatile band that knows what they do best, and man, they can rock.” Experience them for yourself on Sept. 2 when J. Roddy Walston and the Business make their ACL debut.

Also coming to our stage from, coincidentally, Baltimore are Future Islands. The members of the synth-pop oriented trio convened in 2006 in Greenville, North Carolina. Having worked with Thrill Jockey and Upset The Rhythm previously, their new album Singles marks the start of their new relationship with legendary label 4AD. The band won the Grulke Prize for best developing US act at this year’s SXSW; of their performance, Pitchfork raved “this is the kind of band that makes you wish other bands tried harder.” NPR hails Singles “extremely catchy, well-constructed classic pop,” while Stereogum  “an absolute and unqualified triumph.” Future Islands made its network television debut performing its single “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on The Late Show With David Letterman to much acclaim, and now comes to our stage. Please join us on Sept. 25 for the ACL debut of Future Islands.

photo by Tim Saccenti

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New taping: Jeff Tweedy

photo by Zoran Orlic

Austin City Limits is thrilled to announce the return of one of our favorite sons, Jeff Tweedy, on June 20 as part of the upcoming milestone 40th season.  After two decades leading his main outfit Wilco, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s ACL appearance sets the stage for the release of a highly-anticipated solo album later this year.  Backed by a newly-formed band including his 18-year old son Spencer Tweedy on drums, expect new material in addition to a solo acoustic set of Wilco and pioneering alt.country band Uncle Tupelo favorites.  ACL veteran Tweedy has made four memorable appearances with Wilco, so welcoming him once again to our stage is like welcoming an old friend.

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New tapings: Ed Sheeran and White Denim

photo by Christie Goodwin

ACL is pleased to announce a June 11 taping with Ed Sheeran. The British folk-pop singer/songwriter started his music career while still a teenager, signing to Atlantic Records, winning multiple Brit Awards and conquering his homeland by the time he was 20.  His landmark debut album hit the top five stateside and produced the Grammy-nominated breakout track “The A Team”.  Sheeran performed on the 2013 Grammy telecast accompanied by Elton John, and toured this past year with superfan Taylor Swift, in addition to co-writing their chart-topping duet “Everything Has Changed”. Now, in anticipation of his forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced sophomore album to be released later this year, he makes his ACL debut. Please join us in welcoming Ed Sheeran for our 40th Anniversary Season.

We’re also thrilled to announce Austin’s own White Denim will be taping a show on Aug. 4. The eclectic rock group has steadily expanded its sound since forming in 2005, becoming a music festival attraction and touring regularly.  Q Magazine calls their latest release Corsicana Lemonade, “a staggering, intoxicating record.” While singer James Petralli has graced the ACL stage before as a guest singer with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2011, this will be his band’s debut on ACL. Join us in welcoming White Denim.

photo by Mark Seliger

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New taping: Beck

photo by Peter Hapak

We’re pleased to announce the return of Beck to Austin City Limits on Apr. 27.

Beck is back with the release of Morning Phase, already one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the year, being hailed as a companion piece to his 2002 gem Sea Change. In fact, the trailblazing singer and songwriter last visited the show in 2002, hot on the heels of Sea Change. Beck’s recent live performances have earned raves as some of the very best of his storied career, and we’re thrilled to have him return for our 40th season.

Please join us in welcoming Beck back to the ACL stage.

Information about how to get tickets to this taping will be posted in April.

 

Austin City Limits announces new tapings for 40th season

photo by Cat Stevens

Austin City Limits is excited to unveil more tapings for our upcoming 40th Season! It’s an eclectic line-up of music icons and innovators including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Valerie June, Eric Church and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

We’re thrilled to have the debut of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, taping their episode on July 20th. One of contemporary music’s most powerful personalities, the Australian-born singer-songwriter of dark songs and dark voice will take the ACL stage with his longtime band for what promises to be a mesmerizing performance.

Tennessee-to-New York transplant Valerie June makes her first appearance on the ACL stage on May 28th, performing songs from her luminous debut, hailed one of “the 50 Best Albums of 2013” by Rolling Stone.

San Francisco-based folk-rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down tape their ACL debut on August 14th.  Led by enigmatic singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen, the band has built a devoted following based on their spirited live shows.

Breakout country star Eric Church tapes his ACL debut on September 23rd, performing songs from his critically-acclaimed new album The Outsiders, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Top 200 and Country charts.  Spin  proclaimed Church “the most exciting, sonically fearless singer in Nashville.”

49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Alternative ViewsAnd as previously mentioned the first taping of the new season features the return of music legends Los Lobos to the ACL stage on April 14th.

photo by Michael Weintrob

Broadcast episodes begin airing this fall as part of ACL’s Season 40. Select tapings will be live streamed so music lovers everywhere can experience the performances as they happen, live and unedited. Visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and 40th Anniversary updates.

 

New taping: Los Lobos

Los Lobos ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

ACL is happy to announce the return of the great Los Lobos to our stage. The East L.A. rock & roll band honored its 40th anniversary with the 2013 live album Disconnected in New York City. As we’re hitting the 40-year-milestone ourselves, we’re thrilled to join them in keeping the celebration going. Los Lobos has wowed the ACL audience four times during our shared 40 years. They were last on the  show in 2002 — a performance that was so full of energy that it knocked some of our tree set pieces down, forcing the ACL crew to conduct a repair while the band continued playing! We hope you can join us in welcoming back the legendary Los Lobos on April 14th. Information about how to get tickets to this taping will be posted in April.