Want to be in an ACLTV Behind the Scenes video?

Are you a fan of our Behind the Scenes videos? You know, those clips we post that show what really goes on during an ACL TV taping – like this and this. Those are made by our fantastic videographer Jonathan Jackson, and he has a slightly different idea for our next show. For this Friday’s taping with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, we want to show our viewers what a taping looks like from YOUR perspective – as a member of our passionate and enthusiastic audience. For this piece we want to showcase someone who’s been a fan of ACL for a long time, someone who could even share memories from the original studio back at KLRU. And of course, being a big fan of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell is essential!

If this sounds like you, and you’re willing to get here at 6:30pm this Friday, be videotaped and share some great stories about ACLTV, then email us at acl(at) and tell us why you think you’re the right person for the job. Be prepared to bring someone equally as passionate for the evening because If we pick you, we’ll give you two passes to the taping and fifteen minutes of fame. Email us by Thursday at 10am Central time to be considered!



Austinites: Austin City Limits/KLRU Holiday Gift Fair Monday 12/10, 5-7pm

Austinites! We will have our annual holiday sale on Monday, December 10th. Get yourself to KLRU’s Studio 6A (map), and knock out your holiday shopping!

Here’s the skinny:

Austin City Limits/KLRU Holiday Gift Fair
Mon. Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m in Studio 6A (corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton Streets).
Limited edition posters, t-shirts, and more all $5-$20!
There will be live acoustic performances to get everyone in the holiday mood!
Music schedule:
5:00pm Santiago Dietche
5:40pm Lauren Burton
6:20pm Willy McGee
Santiago Dietche is a folk singer born and raised in Austin, Texas. His music has been described as ramble-folk, trying to fit in as much information into each line as possible while maintaining somewhat basic structures. His influences range from Nick Drake to Conor Oberst to Damien Rice, staying true to the platform of acoustic guitar and vocals. His EP, Built Simple is currently available at for a pay-what-you-want price. 
You can follow Santiago on Twitter @spiritussanti
Lauren Burton is a Kentucky-born singer/songwriter who started playing music when she was 14. She moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 16. You might have seen her performing in her band, Lauren and the Black List, which lasted for 2 years. Her current project is an indie-pop project called Darlings, which takes influence from Regina Spektor, Girls, and David Bazan. Lauren is hard at work on a new EP.
Willy McGee is an Austin native musician who grew up surrounded by good families.  He spent a few years traveling and has played music in many places with very interesting people.  He now lives in Austin, home sweet home. You can check out Willy’s music at and follow him on Facebook at

Ticket Giveaway: Norah Jones 10/18

Austin City Limits will be taping a performance by Norah Jones on Thursday, October 18th, at 8 pm at ACL Live at The Moody Theater (310 W. 2nd Street, Willie Nelson Blvd).  We will be giving away a limited number of space available passes to this taping. Enter your name and email address on the below form by 9 am Tuesday, October 16th. Passes are not transferable and cannot be sold. Standing may be required


Austin: Special post-ACL Fest after-after show broadcasts

Calling all Austinites! We know that this weekend is already laden with music, what with the Austin City Limits Music Festival kicking off Friday and the various after shows that will follow after the park closes. But we want to keep you up even later! Musical goodies will be happening on your TV screen late into Friday and Saturday nights. That’s right, this weekend we’ll be airing our latest additions to Season 38 multiple times from Friday to Sunday. It’s like we’re having our own kind of festival, only it’s in your living room, late at night, and there will be no annoying foot traffic! You’ll have six chances to catch Bon Iver’s and Radiohead’s debut performances on KLRU. Check it out!

Friday, Oct 12th:
10PM – Radiohead

Saturday, Oct 13th:
2AM – Radiohead
4AM – Radiohead
7PM – Bon Iver

Sunday, Oct 14th:
1AM – Bon Iver
3AM – Bon Iver

Encore Broadcast News

Encore: Elvis Costello / The Band of Heathens

Austin City Limits continues its summer celebration of the art of song this weekend, with an encore episode featuring Elvis Costello and the Band of Heathens.

For his second appearance on ACL, master songsmith Elvis Costello featured the acoustic band he worked with on his album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, including ACL vets Jim Lauderdale and Stuart Duncan. He highlighted album cuts, of course, including “Red Cotton,” “From Sulphur to Sugarcane” and “The Crooked Line,” a duet with ACL fave Patty Griffin. But he also dug deep into the Americana he was then exploring with a cover of Tampa Red’s “Don’t Lie to Me,” and treated us to “Five Small Words,” a then-new song that would appear on his next record National Ransom, interpolated with Texas legend Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.”

Austin-based singer/songwriters Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist used to share a residency at the Austin club Momo’s, but what started as a joint gig quickly became a full-on collaboration, as the three tunesmiths found both common ground and complementary skills. Now a three-headed monster, the Band of Heathens mixes rock, soul, blues, folk, country and gospel into a rich stew that’s found fans across the country. Drawing most of their set from the album One Foot in the Ether, the Heathens kick out the Americana jams on “L.A. Country Blues,” “Jackson Station” and “Golden Calf.”

Go here for more information about this fabulous episode, and check your local listings for showtimes. And remember, you can always hit up Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for more ACL information. Next week: country superstar Kenny Chesney.

Featured News

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to help preserve ACL archives

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and KLRU–TV announced a collaboration to preserve 37 years of content from the award-winning television show Austin City Limits. The materials will be housed at the state-of-the-art Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives and will include more than 800 performances recorded by KLRU in front of a live audience – from 1975 to the present day. The collection will continue to grow as new shows are produced and made accessible to fans and scholars alike.

Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and ACL executive producer Terry Lickona made the announcement today from KLRU’s Studio 6A, original home of Austin City Limits and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark.

“Austin City Limits uniquely represents more than three decades of some of modern music’s most significant artists and their performances—from iconic musicians to cutting-edge talent,” said Stewart. “It’s one of the most significant archives that documents the American culture and Austin City Limits shares our mission of celebrating and interpreting popular music’s impact on our world.”

“We are honored to have our collection preserved in perpetuity at the Museum as it will allow us to focus our resources on continuing to produce great television,” said Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits. “We are the longest running music television show in history and intend to keep doing it well into the future.”

KLRU’s Austin City Limits Collection is a valuable educational and research resource that will be available to academics from around the world, including those conducting research in musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, the music industry, television, and American history, among many other subjects. Moreover, the Museum’s strong commitment to educating the public about the history of rock and roll, and its ability to publicize the Austin City Limits Collection and make it accessible to researchers, will benefit the study of popular music in the United States and beyond.

Collection highlights:

• 37 years of content comprised of audio and video recordings, photographs and documents

• Features over 800 artists and more than 60 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

• Over 5,500 audio and video recordings of all broadcast programs comprising the Austin City Limits television show

• Additional performance footage and audio not included in broadcast

• 40 linear feet of archival documents (contracts, printed programs, tickets, other records and ephemera)

• Over 270,000 slides, transparencies, negatives, prints, and digital images relating to the performances

The Library and Archives is the world’s most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll, housing vast collections of books, periodicals, and commercial audio and video recordings, as well as hundreds of archival collections containing personal papers, business records, photographs, posters, audio, and video. Visiting researchers have access to never-before-seen materials, including the archival collections of some of popular music’s most significant figures, such as Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Alan Freed, Milt Gabler, Mo Ostin, Joe Smith, Seymour Stein, and Jerry Wexler. Extensive video footage of the Rock Hall’s past events are also being made available, including Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, the American Music Masters series, the Hall of Fame series, the Legends series, and the Songwriters to Soundmen series.