Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2015

Austin City Limits

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame recognizes both performing artists and special individuals who have been instrumental in making the long-running show a music institution. The second induction ceremony took place June 18, 2015. The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame is located at The Moody Theater. This year’s ceremony inducted Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Flaco Jiménez, and the ACL Crew of Season 1.

Asleep at the Wheel
A national as well as Texas institution, the Grammy-winning Austin band Asleep at the Wheel has kept the Western swing flame burning with “Boogie Back toTexas,” “Choo Choo Ch’boogie” and “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.” Still led by Ray Benson, the band taped the first regular episode (following the pilot) of Austin City Limits in 1975, going on to appear eleven times, including an episode in our upcoming 41st season.

Loretta Lynn
With over 70 chart hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’,” “She’s Got You” and the immortal “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn is a living legend of country music. The Kentucky-born singer and songwriter is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and performer on two classic episodes of Austin City Limits.

Guy Clark
Texas native and songwriter’s songwriter Guy Clark owns a huge catalog of standards, including “L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting For a Train,” “Heartbroke,” “The Randall Knife” and “Dublin Blues.” His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett, Steve Wariner and many more. He’s also made seven appearances on Austin City Limits.

Townes Van Zandt
Fort Worth native Townes Van Zandt is a songwriting legend who set the standard for legions of Texas troubadours with songs like “Pancho & Lefty,” “If I Needed You,” “To Live is to Fly” and “Tecumseh Valley.” His songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Robert Plant and more, and continue to be an inspiration to modern-day singer/songwriters like Laura Marling. Van Zandt made two memorable appearances on Austin City Limits, including in the first season in 1975.

Flaco Jiménez
Legendary Tex-Mex Tejano accordionist Flaco Jiménez has been performing for over six decades and is the recipient of a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. The son of conjunto pioneer Santiago Jiménez, the San Antonio native has made eight appearances on Austin City Limits, including guest spots with Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos.

ACL Crew – Season 1
Camera operators, grips, sound engineers, floor managers, makeup, lighting and technical directors – the men and woman that comprised the first crew of Austin City Limits are the unsung heroes of the show. The crew all worked on various other productions for KLRU and didn’t realize at the time they were making history. In fact, no photos exist of the crew themselves – the best the Austin City Limits archives can offer is images of the empty set.

Highlights May 25 – 31

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 10 pm featuring a variety of performances on the U.S. Capitol lawn to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed services.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. Monday features host Mark L. Walberg in Richmond, Virginia looking at a 1935 Bride of Frankenstein pressbook and more.

The bloodiest war in American history changed the country’s culture forever, in part by the unprecedented scale of casualties it produced. The documentary Death and Civil War: The American Experience directed by Ric Burns describes the effects of the war at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Coming Back With Wes Moore at 7 p.m. on Tuesday features American veterans who have come home and are finding their place as a non-serving citizen. The episode “Moving Forward” documents several personal accounts of veterans’ goals in the new chapter of their lives, some facing hardships and others success.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the film D-day 360 re-creates the legendary World War II battlefield with software that reproduces both the macro and micro scale of the scene.

Frontline‘s premier Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria goes on the ground at 9 p.m. Tuesday with right-wing Ukrainians telling their story of hatred with their Russian counterparts. Then in Syria, Frontline finds rebel fighters that claim they are armed and trained secretly by American forces.

Tattooed Under Fire at 10 p.m. on Tuesday reveals personal accounts of Iraq-bound or returning soldiers while they’re under the needle: whether the tattoos signify pain, excitement, patriotism, or death, these tattoos send a message from the hearts of our war heroes.

Nature zooms in on our country’s trademark, the American Bald Eagle, and its endangerment on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

NOVA goes underwater to explore “D-day’s Sunken Secrets” on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Diving into the Normandy beaches, specialists find evidence of the key components of the Allies’ successful technology used to defeat Nazi Germany.

Austin City Limits features contemporary folk rock bands Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly, performing their best hits and new material at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Overheard with Evan Smith talks with Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist often featured on MSNBC’s Meet the Press and other programs.

Arts in Context explores the history of tattoo artistry on its episode “A Moving Canvas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday The Daytripper travels to Orange, Texas to visit restaurants, museums, and looks at alligators from an airboat.

A low-income high school band is documented on Arts in Context at 8:30 p.m., revealing the strain school budgets puts on arts programs and the impact on the community.

An Austin edition of Arts in Context at 9 p.m. Thursday features summer campers of Austin Lyric Opera’s “Opera Odyssey” camp that produce and perform their own show “Quarantine.”

The Doctor’s time-traveling spaceship TARDIS comes to a crash in The Eleventh Hour of Doctor Who at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

This week’s Central Texas Gardener focuses on how to “Make A Splash!” with creative water sources for your garden. The program will air at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

60s Pop, Rock & Soul features artists Davy Jones, Peter Noone, and many more on the “My Music” stage on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The first English group to tour America and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Dave Clark Five are put in the spotlight at 9 p.m. on Saturday with interviews from legends Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and many more celebrities.

The legendary performance Grateful Dead – Dead Ahead from Halloween 1980 at the Radio City Music Hall, or the “Showplace of the Nation,” comes on KLRU at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years All-Star Benefit Concert 6/26

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UPDATE: This concert is now SOLD OUT

KLRU announces Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, an all-star benefit concert on Thursday, June 26 featuring some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the Austin City Limits stage.

The star-studded evening, hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, will feature Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lloyd Maines, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Jimmie Vaughan, Grupo Fantasma and Doyle Bramhall II along with musical performances from Bridges and Crow, celebrating Austin City Limits legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.

Commemorating the trailblazing music series 40th Anniversary, the evening will benefit KLRU, which created Austin City Limits in 1974 and still produces the show today.  The concert will take place at ACL’s home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, and will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3. ACL continues its remarkable run, kicking off its milestone 40th year with the series season premiere on October 4. The complete broadcast episode schedule for Season 40 will be announced at a later date.

 

ACL Soundwaves auction

KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song. On April 14th to April 26th, select art pieces will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. The online auction features:

ACL Soundwaves art project

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KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song.

Later this month, portions of the ACL Soundwaves collection will be displayed at various locations across Austin. Follow #ACLSoundwaves on Facebook and Twitter for additional details as they become available.

On April 14th to April 26th, the art will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. Featured songs include (click on song title for more about each painting).

Additional ACL Soundwaves pieces will be auctioned at the invitation-only Austin City Limits Hall of Fame event on April 26th.

ACL Soundwaves: Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson – “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
This piece is available for auction on ebay
An American music legend, Willie Nelson starred in the pilot for Austin City Limits and appeared on the show – as headliner, as songwriters special anchor, as a special guest – sixteen times. Originally recorded by Waylon Jennings, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” comes from the soundtrack to the film Electric Horseman.

Willie Nelson – “Whiskey River”
An American music legend, Willie Nelson starred in the pilot for ACL and appeared on the show – as headliner, as songwriters special anchor, as a special guest – sixteen times. Originally from the album Shotgun Willie, “Whiskey River” kicked off the pilot, thus becoming the first song ever played on Austin City Limits.

ACL Soundwaves: SRV & Double Trouble

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Pride and Joy”
When Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble first took the ACL stage in 1983, nobody knew how iconic he would be come. This and his second show in 1990 are now considered classic performances. Possibly the group’s most famous tune, “Pride and Joy” comes from the debut record Texas Flood and was performed on the show in 1984.

ACL Soundwaves: Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Lovett – “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”
Longtime ACL favorite Lyle Lovett first performed as a backup singer for Nanci Griffith in 1985, headlining his own show in 1987 and going on to appear on the stage 14 more times. He performed his satirical anthem “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” on a 1994 songwriters special and a 1997 headlining episode, as well as on his album The Road to Ensenada.