Legendary steel guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines has appeared on more episodes of Austin City Limits than any other artist in the show’s four decade run. Known for his deep understanding of music, Maines has brought his taste, sensitivity and skill to every artist with whom he’s worked and every episode of Austin City Limits in which he’s appeared. The gifted multi-instrumentalist has helped shape the direction of Texas music through his work with Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Dixie Chicks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Terry Allen, Charlie Robison and many more.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Maines played his first gig in 1965 at the age of 14. He was also a member of the Maines Brothers Band, along with his siblings, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then he’s become one of the most in-demand musicians and producers in Texas and beyond. Best-known as an integral part of Joe Ely’s band for nearly four decades, Maines has also contributed to seminal alt-country releases from Uncle Tupelo and Wilco. The list of people with whom he’s worked doesn’t stop there: The Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Terri Hendrix, Wayne Hancock, Pat Green, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Richard Buckner have all benefited from his production or pedal steel expertise.
Like all the musicians who have backed up our headlining artists, Lloyd Maines has become an essential part of the history of Austin City Limits. With this induction, we honor not only Maines, but all the talented sidemen who have appeared on the show through the decades.