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Hal Ketchum 1953-2020

We here at Austin City Limits were saddened to learn of the death of singer/songwriter Hal Ketchum. The American country great died of complications of dementia at age 67.

Hal Ketchum on Austin City Limits, 1992

Though the golden-voiced New York native was best known as one of Nashville’s brightest stars of the nineties, with eleven albums to his name, he was a staple of Texas music clubs before he hit Music City. He nurtured his catalog of tunes for years in Austin listeners’ venues like the Cactus Cafe, with his debut album Threadbare Alibis coming out on Austin’s own Watermelon Records. The combination of being a major country hitmaker (“Small Town Saturday Night,” “Sure Love,” “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Hearts Are Gonna Roll,” “I Know Where Love Lives”) and his Central Texas roots earned him three appearances on ACL, in 1992, 1994 and 1998. 

Ketchum moved back to Texas in 2008 and made his final live appearance at Gruene Hall in 2018. He retired in 2019 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He will be greatly missed.

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Congratulations to the 2021 Grammy nominees

The nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and while we’re happy for all the nominees this year, we’re chuffed for our Austin City Limits alumni who made the list. The Grammy Awards telecast, co-produced by ACL’s own Terry Lickona, will broadcast on January 31, 2021, hosted for the first time by The Daily Show host, Emmy-winner and Grammy-nominated Trevor Noah. 

We’re especially excited for our hometown heroes Black Pumas, who’ve scored nominations for Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance for their hit “Colors,” as well as a nom for Album of the Year for the deluxe edition of their self-titled debut. We’re also thrilled that our own Ruthie Foster, whose episode airs on January 17, gained a Best Contemporary Blues Album nom, and Rufus Wainwright, whose sensational ACL debut aired back in October, earned a Best Traditional Pop Album nod. Mavis Staples, whose classic Season 38 performance encored two weeks ago, earned a Best American Roots Song nod for her duet with Norah Jones, while John Legend, whose magnificent Season 36 episode with the Roots encored in November, was nominated for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance. The late John Prine, whose memorable hour kicked off our 46th season, got two nods for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.  

Brittany Howard, ACL two-timer with her band Alabama Shakes, cleaned up with half a dozen nominations. Pop princess Billie Eilish received four, while country queen Miranda Lambert took three. Beck, Sarah Jarosz, Lucinda Williams and Brandi Carlile each got two nods. Dolly Parton, the late Leonard Cohen, Coldplay, Sturgill Simpson, H.E.R., Eric Church, David Byrne, Wilco, James Taylor, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Vince Gill, Natalia Lafourcade, Bettye LaVette, the Robert Cray Band, Bela Fleck, Michael Kiwanuka and the Steep Canyon Rangers scored one apiece. 

We’d also like to give special shout-outs in the coveted Producer of the Year category: to nominee and ACL three-timer Dan Auerbach and Dave Cobb, who hasn’t performed on ACL but has produced a ridiculous number of artists who have. It’s also a wonderful day in the PBS neighborhood as public television legend Fred Rogers is celebrated for Best Historical Album for It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mr. Rogers. Congratulations to all. 

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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 Taping Cancelled

Sturgill Simpson ACL taping postponed

Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, Sturgill Simpson’s taping for Austin City Limits Season 46 originally scheduled for December 8 is postponed. We hope to reschedule Sturgill’s taping in 2021 for our Season 47.

We are thankful for all our wonderful artists, fans and supporters and wish y’all a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

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The Mavericks bring the party to ACL En Español

Austin City Limits spotlights renowned rock and country trailblazers The Mavericks, showcasing their chart-topping, all Spanish-language album, En Español in their first appearance on the program in two decades. Widely celebrated as one of the great live bands, The Mavericks perform a mix of new and reimagined Spanish classics alongside career highlights from their three-decade career in a sparkling hour. Recorded in September 2020, The Mavericks’ taping reflects the second no-audience taping, due to the coronavirus pandemic, in the series near five-decade history,.  With live music grounded, ACL continues to provide viewers a front-row seat to the best in live performance. The series airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at immediately following the initial broadcast.   

The GRAMMY, CMA & ACM award-winning roots rockers make their third appearance on the ACL stage showcasing a career milestone, their first Spanish-language album, En Español, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart. The genre-bending Country, Americana and Tejano-infused Rock & Roll band, who celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2019, return to their early Miami roots to mesh their uplifting eclecticism with a collection of Spanish language originals and traditional Latin tracks that inspired them. The four core Mavericks members—golden-voiced lead singer and songwriter Raul Malo, guitarist Eddie Perez, keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and drummer Paul Deakin—are augmented by horns, accordion and backing vocals for a powerhouse nine-musician combo.  The band celebrate the diversity of cultures with their unique take on classic tracks from the vast Latin American songbook, opening with the Cuban country song “La Sitiera,” which builds into a thrilling full-band bloom complete with horns and accordion. Malo, a first-generation Cuban American, introduces his late grandfather’s favorite song, the early Julio Iglesias ballad, “Me Olvidé de Vivir,” made the Mavericks’ own in a country-folk rendition, and salutes one of his own favorite artists, Mexican star Juan Gabriel, with a mariachi-flavored take on the spirited “No Vale La Pena.” They deliver stirring performances of new originals, including the passionate “Recuerdos,” backed by full horns and “Suspiro Azul,” amplified by dazzling harmonies. In a nod to performing at the house that Willie built, Malo gives a gorgeous solo acoustic reading of the Willie Nelson classic “Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain.” The freewheeling outfit treat fans to standouts from their more recent catalog, including Latin-influenced numbers from their 2013 reunion album In Time, closing out the hour with a pair of highlights: the lush stunner “Come Unto Me,” a fan favorite performed with dueling guitar and accordion solos, and the high-energy rockabilly-flavored “As Long As There’s Loving Tonight.” 

“Showcasing The Mavericks first all-Spanish album on Austin City Limits during the same week as the annual Latin Grammy Awards is perfect timing,” said ACL executive producer Terry Lickona. “Since I became co-producer of the Latin Grammys, I’ve made it my mission to bring the joy and beauty of Latin music to the ACL stage every year. This show is a great ‘primer’ for that!”

The second half of ACL’s Season 46 broadcast line-up, including six new episodes to begin airing in January 2021 as part of the full 13-week season, will be announced shortly. Tune-in, log on, and let ACL be a trusted sidekick for entertainment during these challenging days. Viewers can visit for news regarding live streams, future tapings and episode schedules or by following ACL on Facebook, Twitter, IG and TikTok. Fans can also browse the ACL YouTube channel for exclusive songs, behind-the-scenes videos and full-length artist interviews.

Episode setlist:

La Sitiera


Back In Your Arms Again

Easy As It Seems

No Vale La Pena

Me Olvidé De Vivir

Suspiro Azul

Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain

Come Unto Me

As Long As There’s Loving Tonight

About Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits (ACL) offers viewers unparalleled access to featured acts in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable, full-length performances. Now in its 46th Season, the program is taped live before a concert audience from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that’s helped secure Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012.

Austin City Limits is produced by Austin PBS, KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Dell Technologies, RigUp, the Austin Convention Center Department and Cirrus Logic. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at 

Featured News Taping Cancelled

Sarah Jarosz taping cancelled

Austin City Limits has made the difficult decision to cancel the Sarah Jarosz Austin City Limits Season 46 taping originally scheduled for November 24. After careful consideration of our  limited resources during this holiday week, and an abundance of caution in light of concerns about Covid, we have made this decision in the best interests of  the artist, crew, staff and guests. 

We are working to reschedule this taping for our next season.

We will continue to monitor the key indicators and the guidance from the City of Austin as we determine our plans for the Sturgill Simpson taping scheduled for December 8. 

We wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday and we are thankful for our wonderful artists, fans and supporters.