As part of the year-long celebration of Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday, Austin City Limits returns to the Alamo Drafthouse on Monday, May 14, with the classic episode featuring the Man in Black. Joined by his wife June Carter and the Carter Family, Cash gave ACL a magnificent performance of some of his greatest hits (“Ring of Fire,” “Big River,” “Folsom Prison Blues”) and tunes from his then-new LP Johnny Cash is Coming to Town (“Let ‘em Roll,” “The Ballad of Barbara,” “The Big Light”). Come to the Alamo Ritz to see the episode as it aired in 1987 and raise a glass to an American icon.
Afterwards we’ll be showing a great songwriters special from 1996 featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Billie Joe Shaver and Kimmie Rhodes. Nelson, Jennings and Kris Kristofferson were Cash’s partners in the country supergroup the Highwaymen, and they continue to embody the Man in Black’s outlaw spirit.
ACL @ the Alamo (formerly Reel Rarities) features new and classic episodes of Austin City Limits on the big screen. Proceeds from ACL @ the Alamo benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and we’ve raised nearly $5000 for that worthy cause so far. You can find more information at the Alamo Drafthouse website. And, of course, you can find more information about Austin City Limits doings on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.