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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
Robert Plant – “Whole Lotta Love”
Boasting a versatile band and a repertoire of acid folk and Led Zeppelin classics, Robert Plant delivered a shot of old-fashioned rock star charisma in his 2002 episode. “Whole Lotta Love” first appeared on Led Zeppelin II in 1969.
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.
Emmylou Harris – “Red Dirt Girl”
ACL veteran Emmylou Harris has brought her beauty and grace to Austin City Limits eight times, first appearing in 1982. The lovely “Red Dirt Girl” comes from her 2001 album of the same name and was performed on her 2013 episode with Rodney Crowell.
UK Artist Tim Wakefield creates stunning artworks by capturing the digital images of famous recordings and customizing them into finished pieces that represent his interpretation of the chosen song. These studio Soundwaves are literally the heartbeat of the song and are what sound engineers work with in the recording studio process.
Wakefield started using these techniques around five years ago as an idea to help raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, the UK charity that specialize in music therapy sessions as a treatment for sick children and adults. Musicians embraced the project and soon Wakefield’s portfolio included artwork that had been countersigned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Coldplay and George Michael.
“Over the past few years I have seen Austin’s significance in the world of music grow rapidly,” Wakefield said. “British music fans are very aware of the importance and long history Austin has in the World of music and I am very proud to have been asked to be a very small part of the show’s 40th.”
Wakefield has been a regular visitor to Austin over the last few years and will be spending much of his time working on a collection of work celebrating some of the standout performances over 40 years of Austin City Limits.
“I fell in love with Austin the first time I visited and have discovered a whole new side to music that I wasn’t aware of ten years ago,” he said. “It is something that people here have real knowledge and passion about , and the opportunity to see so much great live music keeps me coming back time and time again. “
Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody” This piece is available for auction on ebay.
Nashville’s rock quartet Kings of Leon came through the doors of the ACL studio in 2007 for a spirited set. A U.S. breakthrough after years of U.K. popularity, “Use Somebody” comes from the band’s 2008 LP Only By the Night.