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ACL TV, ACL Radio and ACL Fest team up for ACL Stands With Austin

Friday night at 8pm CT, Austin City Limits Radio (97.1 FM), Austin City Limits TV and The Austin City Limits Music Festival will host ACL Stands With Austin. It’s a two-hour telethon-style program dedicated to the folks who are hardest hit by not just SXSW’s cancellation but also the ensuing health crisis—the music and service industry pros who literally have made our city famous. We’ll raise money for the Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin fund, while you enjoy special performances live on the radio on 97.1FM ACL Radio,, and additional platforms from a series of Austin mainstays and friends of our town.

Among the artists who’ve shared with us exclusive work-at-home performances: Britt Daniel of Spoon, Shakey Graves, The Texas Gentlemen, David Ramirez, Bob Schneider, Jackie Venson, Abraham Alexander, Guy & Jeska Forsyth and some longtime friends of Austin City Limits Radio from across the country, including Hanson, Lisa Loeb, and Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem.

Also, as part of this web/radio-athon, we’ll talk about the crisis and its impact on musicians, restaurateurs, and service industry professionals with:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler

HAAM’s Reenie Collins

The Red River Cultural District’s Cody Cowan and Antone’s Will Bridges

Holly Roller’s Callie Spears




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ACL tapings with Luke Combs and the Avett Brothers postponed

Austin City Limits will be postponing previously announced April tapings with Luke Combs, originally scheduled for April 27, and The Avett Brothers, originally on April 29, due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19. We take the safety and well-being of our guests, artists, staff, and community very seriously and we thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation.  We are looking at options to reschedule both tapings and as soon as we have new information, we will share on and via Austin City Limits social media channels #acltv.

We remain committed to delivering fans a new Season 46 of unforgettable performances from the Live Music Capital of the World as we have for four-and-a-half decades. Austin PBS and Austin City Limits stand with the City of Austin and Travis County in taking all precautions to protect the well-being of our community and implementing any health-based criteria set forth for public events.

Many thanks to our wonderful fans and supporters and stay safe. 

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ACL taping with Tyler Childers cancelled

Dear Friends,

In light of current events around COVID19, the Austin City Limits taping with Tyler Childers on March 24th has been cancelled. Our goal is to reschedule for a future date.

We will continue to work closely with the city, our partners and artists to proceed with new dates and artists for Season 46. When there are updates to share, we will communicate via posting public-facing information on Austin City Limits social media channels and website event pages.

Austin PBS and Austin City Limits are committed to supporting the City of Austin and Travis County in implementing any health-based criteria set forth for public events, and to protecting the well-being of our fans, supporters, guests, staff and artists. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Be well,

Austin PBS and Austin City Limits

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Eric Taylor 1949-2020

We here at Austin City Limits were saddened to learn of the death of Texan singer/songwriter Eric Taylor on Monday, March 9, after months of ill health. He was 70. 

Though born in Georgia, Taylor was a key figure in the Texas singer/songwriter scene of the early 1970s. Having stranded himself in Houston in 1970 on the way to California by running out of money, he integrated himself into the folk clubs, honing his craft in thrall to Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. In turn, he inspired the next generation, bridging the gap between the Clark/Van Zandt era and that of Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett, on whom he had a particularly deep influence. 

After making his recording debut in 1976 on the Houston songwriters compilation Through the Dark Nightly, Taylor released his first album Shameless Love in 1981. It would be another fourteen years before his second, eponymous LP, released in 1995 on Austin label Watermelon Records. Seven more records followed, including 2001’s Scuffletown, which occasioned his first headlining appearance on Austin City Limits. His songs were covered by Lovett and Nanci Griffith, who called him “the William Faulkner of songwriting in our time.” 

“Taylor’s great gift was characters who he’d enliven with enough mythology to where the real and the fictional could be indistinguishable,” wrote Andrew Dansby in the Houston Chronicle. “The reality of a given name didn’t matter: the themes of searching and endurance mattered.”
Taylor first appeared on Austin City Limits as a guest on Lyle Lovett’s twenty-fifth season episode in 2000, in which the latter paid tribute to the Texas songwriters who inspired him. Here are Taylor and Lovett doing “Hemingway’s Shotgun.”

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Garth Brooks to Perform Benefit Concert in Austin City Limits Original Studio 6A

Austin PBS, KLRU-TV is thrilled to announce that Garth Brooks will bid a final goodbye to legendary Studio 6A, longtime home to iconic music series Austin City Limits, with an intimate performance on May 24, 2020. Austin PBS’s Farewell to Studio 6A: An Evening with Garth Brooks will be a once-in-a-lifetime event celebrating an iconic institution.

“Thirty years ago, Garth made history when he stepped onto the Austin City Limits stage for the first time, and since then he has become one of the biggest worldwide stars in music history,” said ACL executive producer Terry Lickona. “We are thrilled and honored to have him return and make history once again, with the final performance ever on a stage that was the original home for what’s become the longest-running music series on television.”

After more than 50 years on the University of Texas Austin campus, Austin PBS is moving to a brand new home on the Austin Community College Highland Campus in Fall of 2020. The larger facility will be a modern, state-of-the-art broadcast studio as well as a community space that will allow Austin PBS to create new initiatives. The public television station will celebrate the move with one final musical salute in the historic Studio 6A. The intimate soundstage was the birthplace of the Peabody Award-winning series Austin City Limits, hosting the now-infamous 1974 debut taping with Willie Nelson, as well as the setting for history-making performances for 36 years, hosting hundreds of legendary artists and music innovators, including Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen, Pearl Jam, B. B. King, Foo Fighters, Dixie Chicks and more. Studio 6A was officially designated a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark in 2009 and was the featured location for the Austin installment of the Foo Fighters’ 2014 documentary series Sonic Highways. The final Austin City Limits episode in Studio 6A was taped in 2010, when the program moved to its current studio home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, in downtown Austin, where it will continue to be taped and is now in its 46th Season. Studio 6A has been used consistently throughout the years for community events, town hall discussions and many other Austin PBS programs including ATX Together, Central Texas Gardener and Overheard with Evan Smith. The studio also hosted tapings for the TNN/CMT programs Legends of Country Music and The Texas Connection, as well as CBS’s Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 60th birthday special. 

A limited number of event packages are available to attend this historic evening. All proceeds from the event will benefit Austin PBS’s Moving Forward capital campaign to support funding for the new facilities. To find out more go to Individual seat packages start at $2,500. 

Garth Brooks has made two legendary Austin City Limits appearances in Studio 6A. He first appeared on the program in 1990, during Season 15. Just beginning his ascent to superstardom, Brooks performed his early hits “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” and “The Dance.”  The hitmaker returned a decade later to both open and close ACL’s milestone 25th anniversary season with two hourlong episodes, performing career highlights and fan favorites, including “The Thunder Rolls,” “Two of a Kind (Workin’ On a Full House),” and leading a massive crowd singalong to “Friends in Low Places.” Brooks’ relationship with Austin City Limits  goes beyond that of a performer. He is also a longtime fan.  “Buddy, this is ACL, ok?” he said during a post-show interview after his 2000 return appearance. “If we’re baseball players, this is the World Series.” He continued: “The thing I like about Austin City Limits is that it hasn’t changed, it’s still like getting around your family in your living room and playing music. I think that’s what I love most about it.”

About Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is the first-ever seven-time recipient of the honor. Brooks is the first and only artist in history to receive eight Diamond Awards for eight diamond-certified albums at over 10 million album sales each. He remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, certified by the RIAA with 156 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. In March 2020, Brooks will be awarded the esteemed Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the honor. In April, Brooks receives Billboard’s Icon Award, joining only eight other artists to ever receive the honor. Brooks’ 2017 tour with Tricia Yearwood sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world. In 2019, Brooks launched the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour, which has broken stadium attendance records and which Pollstar named the bestselling country music tour of the year. 

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ACL announces Bloody Mary Morning 2020

Dear Friends,

You have likely heard the news that the City of Austin has cancelled all SXSW events for March, 2020.

While we were looking forward to enjoying another great “Bloody Mary Morning” with you, we must follow the lead of the City and cancel our event for this year. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, partners, and the artists who were scheduled to perform.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

All the best,

Tom Gimbel
General Manager
Austin City Limits

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Join Austin City Limits and Austin PBS, KLRU-TV at the 9th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW on Thursday, March 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in the GSD&M backyard.

We’re thrilled to be presenting music from some of music’s most buzzed-about acts from the U.S. and beyond: Nashville soul singer Devon Gilfillian, British country rock band Honey Harper, L.A. tapping guitar virtuoso and Tiny Desk Concert contest winner Naia Izumi, Kalamazoo rising indie pop star Michigander, Cuban alternative rockers Sweet Lizzy Project and veteran indie pop rockers and Indiana natives Houndmouth. 

As always, we’ll be serving free (while supplies last!) bloody marys from Tito’s Vodka and Bloody Revolution, and craft beer courtesy of Brown Distributing. This year Tacodeli will be vending and various food trucks will be on site. Stop by the Austin PBS booth for a chance to score some swag and more! Bloody Mary Morning is brought to you by our friends at AXS and 

Discover the music of this year’s performers with curated songs on our Bloody Mary Morning 2020 Spotify Playlist.

You don’t need to be a SXSW badge-holder to attend and admittance is free but we do require an RSVP – subject, as always, to capacity. We hope you can join us!