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Austin City Limits announces its new season

Austin City Limits returns for its 39th Season this fall with a must-see line-up featuring indie stars, legendary artists and talented newcomers.  The season premiere debuts Saturday, October 5th and features Latin icon Juanes in an electrifying return to ACL and introduces Latin music’s rising stars Jesse & Joy.  ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online at immediately following the initial broadcast.

This year’s season lineup includes indie stars Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear and The Black Angels making their ACL debuts.  ACL features the best new talent from the U.S. and beyond, including breakthrough British acts Emeli Sandé and Michael Kiwanuka, and Americana’s newest stars, Shovels & Rope and The Lumineers in their ACL debuts.  Jim James, who has previously appeared on ACL with his main outfit My Morning Jacket, as well as with other bands including Monsters of Folk, will make his solo ACL debut.  A season highlight is ACL veterans Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell performing together for the first time on the ACL stage.

ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona says, “Every year Austin City Limits makes history, and this year is no exception—launching the new season with two of Latin music’s biggest superstars. We’re also proud to continue the tradition of showcasing some of music’s most amazing new talent, and as usual our music mix offers a little something for everybody’s taste!”

ACL is gearing up for its 40th Anniversary next year, and will be announcing a number of special events related to the upcoming milestone.  For the third consecutive year, the Producers of Austin City Limits, in conjunction with High Five Productions, and the Americana Music Association, are proud to present a special ACL Presents—featuring the best music performances from this year’s Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Ceremony held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Season 39 Fall Broadcast Schedule (six additional episodes to be announced):

October 5             Juanes | Jesse & Joy

October 12           Phoenix

October 19           The Lumineers | Shovels & Rope

October 26           Vampire Weekend | Grizzly Bear

November 2         Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

November 9         Emeli Sandé | Michael Kiwanuka

November 16       Jim James | The Black Angels

November 23      ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013

The complete line-up for the full 13-week season, including six new episodes to air beginning January 2014, will be announced at a later date.  Check the news section of for additional episode updates.

ACL Season 39 behind-the-scenes preview from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.