Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits | Part I | Friday, September 16th, 2011

Dear Austin City Limits,

Happy Anniversary!  Congratulations on making it to the big 1-0.  Your gifts of aluminum, diamonds, and tin are in the mail! Well, maybe.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Play at ACL With The Del McCoury Band

New Orleans-based icons, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform with The Del McCoury Band at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday September 17th at 7:00pm, on the Vista Equity Stage.

Austin City Limits 2010 part III

The last day of a festival is always bittersweet.  You get excited for the festival headliner but also deep down you wish you could replay the weekend over and over again and perhaps catch some of those bands, that due to scheduling conflicts, you painstakingly missed in the days before.

Austin City Limits 2010 | Review & Photos - part II

Saturday started out with the residual natural high that one could only experience from live music that had lifted spirits the night before.  Walking into Zilker park you could hear different sounds floating around from all different directions.  The Very Best was belting out reggae tunes while

Austin City Limits 2010 part I

Having arrived in Austin on Thursday night with a belly full of kolaches from The Little Czech Stop in West, TX and a car full of gear, I was as well prepared as one might be to tackle the music and sun in the days ahead.  As I approached the festival gates on Friday never having been to Austin City Limits before, I felt a sense of familiari

Carolyn Wonderland to play ACL on 10/8

In 2001, Carolyn Wonderland lost her apartment lease when her landlord fell ill, and she decided to live out of her van. For two years, the internationally heralded blues artist that had already won the respect of Buddy Guy, the admiration of Bob Dylan and had been awarded Best Female Vocalist by the Houston Press Music Awards, lived in her vehicle. She was what many consider homeless. To Wonderland, she was “van full.”

Honda Returns to Austin City Limits Music Festival as Official Eco-Partner

In the tradition of American Honda's sustainability efforts at music festivals, Honda will once again serve as an official eco-partner at

Sahara Smith Plays Austin City Limits on 10/8

T Bone Burnett went on record to say 22-year-old "Sahara [Smith] is the best young artist I have heard in many years." Of her last show in Hollywood, the LA Times raved, "her voice hits angelic highs reminiscent of Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris."

Her debut 'Myth of the Heart,' overseen by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman, features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch. It's earned a mass of rave reviews (see below) and available now via Playing in Traffic Records.

THE BAND OF HEATHENS at Austin City Limits

The guys in the Band of Heathens are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. But that’s like saying the Big Bang was an accident. Unplanned, maybe, but hardly random. One might even argue that a kind of destiny was involved.

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