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. “
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