News Taping Announcement

Parker McCollum’s Taping Rescheduled to September 7th

Statement from Parker McCollum’s management:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Parker will no longer be able to perform ACL on July 26th as originally scheduled. Thanks to the incredible team at ACL, we are happy to announce his appearance has been rescheduled for September 7th and we can’t wait to bring the fans one hell of a show!”

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum released his highly-anticipated major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy, becoming the highest-charting first week debut album of 2021. The Jon Randall-produced album follows his Hollywood Gold EP which was met with widespread critical acclaim and became the top-selling debut Country EP of 2020. McCollum earned his first-ever No. 1 hit with Gold Chain Cowboy’s double platinum-selling premiere single, “Pretty Heart,” and his follow-up single “To Be Loved By You” also hit No. 1 on the charts. McCollum has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA, and more, with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.” MusicRow listed McCollum as their 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year and Apple also included him as one of their all-genre “Up Next Artists” Class of 2021. A dedicated road warrior, McCollum made his debut at the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2021 and he regularly sells out venues across the country including record-breaking crowds in Dallas (20,000), The Woodlands (16,500), Austin (7500+), Lubbock (7700+), Jackson, MS (5000+), Kearney, NE (3000+), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and three nights at Fort Worth’s iconic Billy Bob’s Texas. Earlier this year McCollum made his debut at RODEOHOUSTON to a sold-out crowd with over 73,000 tickets sold. McCollum earned his first ACM award for New Male Artist of the Year in March 2022 in Las Vegas.  McCollum also won his first CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award, a fully fan-voted honor, in April 2022.

Want to be part of our audience? We will post information on how to get free passes as we get a week out from each date. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episodes will air in late 2022 on PBS as part of our upcoming Season 48.

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Live Stream News

Live Stream Announcement: Robert Earl Keen 4/27

Austin City Limits is delighted to announce we will live stream our upcoming taping with renowned singer/songwriter and Texas icon Robert Earl Keen on April 27 at 8 p.m. CT. The legend caps his remarkable musical journey with one last taping on our stage before his planned retirement from live performance later this year. ACL offers fans worldwide the unique opportunity to watch the taping live in its entirety on our ACLTV YouTube Channel. Join us for this very special occasion as we tip our hat to an American original. The broadcast episode will air this fall on PBS as part of our upcoming Season 48.  

Robert Earl Keen debuted on Austin City Limits in 1989 as part of a Texas Showcase and has made four headlining appearances in addition to appearing as a guest of Lyle Lovett in 2000, returning for ACL’s milestone 40th Anniversary special in 2014 and hosting the ACL Hall of Fame in 2019. One of the most beloved songwriters and performers in Texas, the Houston native has lived his signature anthem “The Road Goes On Forever” as a road warrior performing over 180 dates in any given year, playing to his legions of fans at roadhouses, dance halls, theaters, and festival grounds. The legendary entertainer made the surprise announcement in March that he’ll wrap up a remarkable four decades of touring with one last tour in 2022 as his swan song: I’m Comin’ Home: 41 Years On The Road. “I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of brilliant, talented, colorful, electrical, magical folks throughout my life,” says Keen. “This chorus of joy, this parade of passion, this bull rush of creativity, this colony of kindness and generosity are foremost in my thoughts…It’s with a mysterious concoction of joy and sadness that I want to tell you that as of September 4, 2022, I will no longer tour or perform publicly.” With a catalog of 21 albums, a band of stellar musicians, and many thousands of live shows under his belt, POLLSTAR ranked Keen in its Top 20 Global Concert Tours in 2021. Since releasing his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, in 1984, Keen has blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend status in the Americana music world. He’s received many accolades along the way, including 2015’s inaugural BMI Troubadour Award, celebrating songwriters who have made a lasting impact.  His songs have been recorded by George Strait, Joe Ely, Nancy Griffith, Gillian Welch, The Highwaymen and more. Keen has been inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame (alongside his longtime friend and Texas A&M classmate Lyle Lovett), the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&M University. Keen was weaned on classic rock and Willie records and steered clear of the country mainstream, always taking the road less traveled throughout his storied career. His literate songcraft, razor wit and killer band stirred up a grassroots sensation not seen since the ’70s heyday of outlaw country. While Keen will be hanging up his hat on live shows, he’ll continue to write music and create, host his popular Americana Podcast, support young artists, and follow his artistic muse wherever it takes him. We’re thrilled to welcome Robert Earl Keen back to our stage for this very special performance.Join us here on April 27 at 8 p.m. CT for this special performance by Robert Earl Keen. Join us this fall on PBS for the broadcast premiere of Austin City Limits’ upcoming Season 48. 

Important Feature News Uncategorized

Austin City Limits 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

We are excited to share the official Austin City Limits Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve selected a handful of gifts from sure to please all the music-lovers and ACL fans on your list. Scroll down for our favorite stocking stuffers too!

For the New Austinite: ACL Black and Tan Snap Back Trucker Hat

Welcome to Austin! Barton Springs…check…South Congress…check…The Greenbelt…check… You’ve checked out the spots that make Austin, Austin. Now look the part in your new ACL Black & Tan Mesh Flat Bill Snapback Hat. You’ll be fitting in here in ATX in no time.

For the Cool Kid: Pink Toddler Tee with Dark Pink ACL Logo

Your kid will be the envy of all the preschoolers when she shows up showing off her pink ACL toddler tee. Who wants to be a princess when you can be a rock star?

For the Vintage Aficionado: Sky Blue Unisex Tee with ACL logo and vintage TV + VHS tapes

Remember the good ole days of VHS tapes and bulky TVs? We sure do – we’ve been around for 46 years! Wear this tee and bask in the nostalgia of it all.

For those you love: Austin City Limits face mask (black)

Who knew a mask would end up being THE trendy accessory of 2020? Stay safe in style with our ACL-branded black mask. Whether you buy ours or not, please take precautions to stay safe. We love and miss y’all and can’t wait to see you soon!

For the Trailblazer: ACL Red Paisley Bandana

Austin has many wonderful hiking trails – so you’re probably going to need to take along some bandanas for your hikes. It may be cooler now, but in the summer these things are a lifesaver – we recommend soaking it in ice water and wrapping it around your neck before you hit the greenbelt. Your dog would look very stylish sporting one of these too – so maybe grab two while you’re at it.

For the Trendsetter: Jackie Venson Taping Poster

If you’ve lived in Austin for a while, you’ve probably heard the buzz – Jackie Venson is on her way. Hopefully you caught her sensational national TV debut right here on Austin City Limits. If you were as blown away as we were, we’re sure you’ll want to grab this VERY limited edition poster that Jackie herself helped design. Peruse our collection of commemorative taping posters while you’re there – you never know what gems you’ll find…

For the Minimalist: Vintage black women’s boxy tee with ACL logo and Black Unisex Tee with white ACL logo

Do you live in Austin? Do you even have an ACL tee yet? If not, this is the perfect starter tee. You literally cannot go wrong with this classic. Choose from a black unisex tee and a women’s boxy tee for your fit of choice. Once you put it on, like magic you’ll start seeing it everywhere.

For the Historian: “A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story” DVD

Want to win the ACL category at pub trivia? Just watch this documentary to get all the inside scoop and behind-the-scenes stories – while also catching incredible performances by some of the most amazing musicians to ever grace the ACL stage.

Some of our favorite stocking stuffers:

Austin City Limits holiday ornament

ACL Koozie

ACL Sticker Pack

Studio 6A Motel Keychain

Die Cut ACL Logo Sticker

Happy holidays from all of us at Austin City Limits! Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and music-filled holiday season. ✨✨✨

Featured News

Services set for Bill Arhos

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the family of Bill Arhos announce visitation and service to celebrate his life.

  • There will be a visitation on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 8 pm at Weed-Corley at 3125 N Lamar Boulevard.
  • On Saturday, April 18 at 3 pm there will be a Celebration of the Life of Bill Arhos at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard.  Both events are open to the public.

Arhos, a longtime KLRU station executive and father of Austin City Limits, died Saturday, April 11th, at the age of 80. His life’s work was devoted to KLRU, public media and music. He served in many positions during his nearly 40-year career at KLRU, joining in 1961 to help launch the public television station. Over the years, Arhos served as Producer, Program Director, Vice President of Programming, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits (1975-1999), and President/General Manager from 1986 until his retirement in 1999.  He also served on the boards of PBS and the Country Music Association.  Arhos was a proud graduate of Rice University, graduating in 1957. Rice honored Arhos in 2007 with the Association of Rice Alumni’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Arhos will be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery alongside other Texas legends.

The family requests donations to the Bill Arhos Fund at KLRU in lieu of flowers.


Bill Arhos, 1934-2015

November 3, 1934 – April 11, 2015

KLRU-­‐TV, Austin PBS and the family of Bill Arhos are sad to announce the passing of the longtime station executive, who most regard as the father of Austin City Limits. Arhos died Saturday, April 11th, at the age of 80. His life’s work was devoted to KLRU, public media and music. He served in many positions during his nearly 40-­‐year career at KLRU, joining in 1961 to help launch the public television station. Over the years, Arhos served as Producer, Program Director, Vice President of Programming, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits (1975-­‐1999), and President/General Manager from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also served on the boards of PBS and the Country Music Association. Arhos was a proud graduate of Rice University, graduating in 1957. Rice honored Arhos in 2007 with the Association of Rice Alumni’s Distinguished Alumni Award.Arhos will always be remembered best for his vision and passion that drove Austin City Limits to become the longest-­‐running music series in American television history.  In 1974, KLRU (then KLRN) hatched the idea to create a music performance show. The pilot was shot on October 14, 1974, starring up and coming singer-­‐songwriter Willie Nelson and the rest is history.

“I’ve never met anyone like Bill Arhos,” says ACL Executive Producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona. “He was a real character, known and loved not just in Austin but throughout the PBS system. The idea for Austin City Limits was not just his alone, but he brought it to life, and he kept the show going and growing through some difficult times. Whether they know it or not, millions of music fans, artists and PBS viewers owe a debt to him for his enormous contribution to what’s become a cultural institution.”

Called the “spirit” of the show, Arhos was inducted into the Austin City Limits Inaugural Hall of Fame last year, honored for his vision, passion and dedication. In accepting the award Arhos’ trademark wit was evident when he said: “It’s a little intimidating to be in a class of the first inductees, and three of the four have bronze statues around town.”

KLRU’s current general manager Bill Stotesbery says, “Bill Arhos was a legend in public media, respected for his creativity, energy, and persistence. From day one, he dedicated himself to building a station that was a national leader in production, and he set a standard that others seek to achieve. He will be missed greatly.”Arhos will be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery alongside other Texas legends. Details about his service and a celebration of his life will be forthcoming.

The family requests donations to the Bill Arhos Fund at KLRU in lieu of flowers.

Featured Live Stream News

Live Stream our taping with Asleep at the Wheel and special guests

Austin City Limits is pleased to announce a live stream of Western swing institution Asleep at the Wheel joined by special guests The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee, in a special tribute to the late Bob Wills, King of Western swing. The taping, Tuesday, February 24th @ 9pm ET/ 8pm CT, is the first of ACL’s new season, and will be live streamed worldwide directly from ACL’s stage via the show’s YouTube Channel Fans can log on to watch the entire taping as it happens live from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The broadcast episode will air on PBS this fall as part of the legendary music series upcoming Season 41. The show’s hashtag is #acltv. The live stream is powered by ACL underwriter Dell Computers.

Asleep at the Wheel were featured in ACL’s first official episode in 1976 along with The Texas Playboys, and their return marks an incredible eleventh appearance on the program. Asleep at the Wheel are also the newest members of the ACL Hall of Fame, and will be inducted at a ceremony to be held in Austin later this year. The legendary band releases their highly-anticipated new Bob Wills tribute album Still The King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys on March 3rd, featuring an all-star line-up of special guests, including ACL veterans Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Kat Edmonson and Merle Haggard.  Founded in 1970 and based in Austin, TX, Asleep at the Wheel, lead by founder Ray Benson, has won nine GRAMMY awards, released more than 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. For over 40 years, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel have been the chief practitioners, conspirators and caretakers of Western swing, carrying Bob Wills’ traditions well into the 21st century, reaching both their contemporaries and the next generation of artists inspired by the great bandleader.

ACL recently announced the inductees for its second annual ACL Hall of Fame and the first round of tapings for the series’ upcoming Season 41, which also include the Grammy nominated country rebel Sturgill Simpson and acclaimed rock outfit The War on Drugs.