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Austin City Limits New Season to Include Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and More!

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The television music series Austin City Limits (ACL) follows four decades as a music institution with more unforgettable performances as it gets ready to write its next illustrious chapter. Providing viewers with a front-row seat to the best in live music, ACL unveils Season 41’s stellar line-up of legendary artists, trend-setting innovators and many highly-anticipated debuts.  ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time immediately following the initial broadcast. Select tapings are also live streamed to enable music fans everywhere to experience the performances as they happen, live and unedited. Viewers can visit for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and live stream updates. The show’s official hashtag is #acltv.

The program returns on October 3rd with the 2015 ACL Hall of Fame Special, a special hour showcasing unique collaborations and tributes from this year’s induction ceremony and celebration, held June 18, 2015. Artists Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more perform in honor of the newest class of inductees: Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Loretta Lynn and Townes Van Zandt.

The upcoming season is filled with musical highlights, as a number of acts make their long-awaited ACL debuts.  Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson appears for the first time in a dazzling hour featuring the songs of Billie Holiday.  Music legend Don Henley makes his ACL debut, armed with his first solo release in 15 years.  Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor is also set to make his Austin City Limits debut in a career-spanning, hour long showcase that will feature songs from his latest release, his first collection of original music in 13 years.

Country music’s range is exemplified in a double-bill with modern country rebel Sturgill Simpson making his full set debut and Western swing veterans Asleep at the Wheel returning for their 11th appearance.  Asleep at the Wheel, newly-minted ACL Hall of Fame members, are joined by guest stars The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee in a special tribute to forebear Bob Wills, the original Texas Playboy.

Hometown hero Gary Clark Jr., now a Grammy-winning global sensation, returns to the program for his second headline appearance, in support of a highly-anticipated new release.  A number of genre-bending rock acts make their ACL debuts this year:  indie rock breakout star Courtney Barnett showcases her compelling live set, while left-of-the-dial faves The War on Drugs and TV On The Radio split an episode, both gracing the ACL stage for the first time.

“With our 40th anniversary in our rearview mirror, we’re back to doing what we do best: showcasing awesome music whether it’s classic or contemporary, familiar or groundbreaking,” says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona.  “As usual, we’ll give our viewers the chance to rediscover old favorites or discover new artists who are making their own mark.”

Season 41 Fall Broadcast Schedule (additional episodes to be announced)
October 3        2015 Hall of Fame Special
October 10      Cassandra Wilson
October 17      Sturgill Simpson / Asleep at the Wheel
October 24      Don Henley
October 31      Gary Clark Jr. / Courtney Barnett
November 7    TV On The Radio / The War on Drugs
November 14  James Taylor
November 21  ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

The complete line-up for the full 14-week season, including seven new episodes to air beginning January 2016, will be announced at a later date. Check the news section of for additional episode updates.

For the fifth consecutive year, the producers of Austin City Limits, in conjunction with High 5 Productions, and the Americana Music Association, are proud to present a special ACL Presents—featuring the best music performances from this year’s Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Ceremony held September 16th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Dwight Yoakam Performs “Liar” on ‘Late Night’

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Earlier this week, Dwight Yoakam stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform his new song “Liar” off his new album Second Hand Heart.

Dwight Yoakam Previews New Album


Dwight Yoakam thinks you’ll hear bits of his entire career in his upcoming album, “Second Hand Heart.”

Dwight says it has an “energy” and an “irreverence” that hearkens back to the Los Angeles cowpunk scene of the early 1980s. He also credits Beck as an influence. He says Beck worked with him on his last album, “Three Pears,” and encouraged Dwight’s “return to a teenage recklessness.”

“Second Hand Heart” will be available April 14.

Sundy Best Shares a Sign with Dwight Yoakam


Sundy Best has experienced a lot of firsts over the past year. This weekend was one of the highest honors as the state of Kentucky revealed their names on several signs along the world famous Country Music Highway US 23 in Eastern Kentucky. Additionally, their weekend shows were both sellouts at the Lexington Opera House and the Mountain Arts Center. On the strength of their critically-lauded 2014 releases, Bring Up The Sun and Salvation City, the duo is “Thanking God they are southern boys,” as referenced in the crowd-pleasing track from their second 2014 release. CMT has played 7 videos from the duo with “Southern Boy” currently featured and Sirius XM’s “The Highway” keeps them in continual rotation.

“When you think you cannot be humbled anymore, you see your name on a sign on the revered Country Music Highway. ‘We were speechless’ as we came up on the stretch of Hwy US 23,” says Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley. “We are so proud to be two boys from Prestonsburg, Kentucky and we are so honored to have Sundy Best displayed proudly and infinitely in this way.

“This will be up forever,” says Bentley. “That is when it really sunk in,” he continued. “We have had such an amazing past few years and to have our state recognize us on this stretch of highway that is known around the world is just hard to comprehend, but we’ll take it,” Nick adds.

In front of the Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton presented Nick and Kris with their own “keys to the city.” “Can we wake up now,” says the duo. “This has been a weekend we will never forgot and will hold dear in our hearts,” they continued. “We appreciate our loyal fans, family and friends that have supported us from the very beginning when this was just a dream. Thank you.”

Sundy Best has been making waves across the country with their 2-man show, Kris on cajon and Nick on the acoustic guitar. As they continue to evolve their live show, the duo is adding a few players to the 2015 tour. This tour will feature Kris on his full kit, Nick on electric with the addition of a keyboard and guitar player. Be sure to catch them in the following markets this spring.

Tour Dates:

February 20th – Atlanta, GA Terminal West
February 21st – Bowling Green, KY Capitol Arts Center
February 26th – Bloomington, IN Bluebird
February 27th – Chicago, IL Joe’s Bar
February 28th –Newport, KY The Southgate House
March 5th –Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
March 6th –Cannelton, IN The Covered Wagon
March 7th –Nashville, TN Exit/In
March 17th – Pittsburgh, PA The Altar
March 18th – New York, NY Mercury Lounge
March 19th – Washington, DC Gypsy Sally’s
March 28th – Tifton, GA The Gin

Rolling Stone named both of their 2014 releases, Bring Up the Sun and Salvation City in their annual 40 Best Albums of 2014, placing the Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley penned tunes and R.S. Field produced projects at No. 23. CMT tapped the duo as their November 2014 “Listen Up” artist, as the duo trekked the country on their first national tour, as well as, hitting Canada in January.

The duo started playing gigs at the now “infamous” Redmond’s Lexington, Kentucky. Since then, the doors have been flung open with the support of the #kinfolkmovement, a national touring schedule and praise from critics on what has become a stellar year for the duo. On December 2 they released Salvation City featuring all new tunes.

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