Friday, December 5, 2014

Austin City Limits reveals 2015 episodes

I can't wait to see some of these episodes, especially Spoon, who I caught during an acoustic mini-set at the Grammy Museum recently.

The landmark television music series Austin City Limits (ACL) unveils the second half of its milestone Season 40, with seven brand-new shows begin airing in January 2015 as part of the program's fourteen-episode season.

Providing viewers with a front-row seat to the best in music performance, ACL returns on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 with a double-bill featuring the return of roots rockers The Avett Brothers and Grammy-winning bluegrass trio Nickel Creek.

ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at immediately following the initial broadcast.

Rock duo The Black Keys, six-time Grammy winners, are making their highly anticipated ACL return, having first appeared in Season 36. ACL favorites Spoon make their fourth appearance, sharing the bill with fellow Austin natives White Denim.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis returns for her solo ACL debut, originally appearing in Season 31 as part of the indie rock duo Rilo Kiley; in what's sure to be one of ACL's most talked about episodes, Ryan Adams shares the bill in a memorable ACL return. The extended line-up features a number of artists making ACL debuts, among them chart-topping British sensation Sam Smith, synth-pop trio Future Islands and southern rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

Rock superstars Foo Fighters return to the ACL stage with an hourlong performance. Joined by Austin legends Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan, Foo Fighters put in a powerful performance. The renowned band recently immortalized Austin and ACL's executive producer Terry Lickona in an installment of their HBO series Sonic Highways, even recording a song, “What Did I Do?/God As My Witness”, in ACL's historic Studio 6A for their companion new release.

ACL closes out the celebratory season with a special episode featuring performance highlights from the first annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Performers include music legends Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett,Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

“We’ve had an amazing 40th anniversary year,” says ACL’s Terry Lickona, “and the second half of the season says as much about the future as our past. As always, we try to showcase the best music being created today, and every one of these shows is exceptional. Then for a grand finale, we’ll tie it all together with a celebration of the artists and individuals who have inspired the longest-running music show on TV.”

Season 40 | 2015 Broadcast Schedule

January 3, 2015 | The Avett Brothers | Nickel Creek
January 10, 2015 | Spoon | White Denim
January 17, 2015 | Sam Smith | Future Islands
January 24, 2015 | Ryan Adams | Jenny Lewis
January 31, 2015 | The Black Keys | J. Roddy Walston & The Business
February 7, 2015 | Foo Fighters
February 14, 2015 | Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special

Honoring ACL's milestone 40th anniversary, PBS releases the DVD AUSTIN CITY LIMITS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS on December 2, 2015, featuring an all-star lineup of ACL royalty paying tribute to the show's enduring legacy with unforgettable music performances. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour program features memorable moments from the trailblazing show’s remarkable run, while the brightest stars in the series’ history return to the ACL stage for dream duets and choice collaborations.

Artists performing on the special include: Alabama Shakes, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Joe Ely, Foo Fighters, Buddy Guy,Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jimmie Vaughan. DVD bonus material includes additional music performances from artists such as Willie Nelson and Alabama Shakes, as well as two behind the scenes segments.

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