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Willie Nelson and Johnny Rodriquez, “Stay All Night (stay a little longer)”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Whiskey River” (Austin, TX) (September 6, 1990)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Willie Nelson to perform at tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton (Feb 8, 2019)

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Linda Perry, and Mavis Staples have joined the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton, the Recording Academy announced Thursday. Previously announced performers for the show, which takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 during Grammy Week, include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Mark Ronson and Chris Stapleton; Parton herself will close the evening’s performances.

Parton is being honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 29th year—provide essential support for MusiCares (, the charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

Last year’s honoree was Fleetwood Mac; their performance turned out to be the last to feature Lindsey Buckingham, who parted ways with the group just weeks later. Other past honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

The Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive  selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG; a live auction; a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists; and the award presentation.

Over the course of the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million dollars to approximately 8,600 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in the charity’s history.

Grammy Week culminates with the 61st awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.

Willie Nelson and Family on Austin City Limits, “Bloody Mary Morning”

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson tapes 18th Austin City Limits Show (Nov. 19, 2018)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

photo:  Scott Newton
by:  Bill Tucker

As I stood at an upright table overlooking 2nd Street and Guadalupe on the Moody Theater balcony, a chilling thought ran through my head: I didn’t know much about Willie Nelson.

To Austinites with half an ear, the notion is blasphemy. How could any music reviewer worth his salt not know the King of Outlaw Country’s body of work? His statue is outside the dang theater.

Walking to my seat, I knew this was no longer a simple concert for me. It was a crash course on a living legend, plying his trade for the 18th time on the Austin City Limits stage. True to form, he did not disappoint.


Read article, See lots more photos here.


KLRU Presents Austin City Limits Season 44 Willie Nelso (Nov 19, 2018)

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Rest in Peace, Roy Clark

Friday, November 16th, 2018

photo: Lester Cohen

We learned that Roy Clark passed away. Rest in peace.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on Hee Haw.

Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Season 44 Episode 4406 | 54m 11

Live it up with contemporary country from Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Nashville-based Texan Musgraves essays tunes from her widely acclaimed album Golden Hour. Son of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band present songs from their self-titled release.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Friday, November 9th, 2018

photo: Scott Newton

Austin City Limits showcases left-of-center country with Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in a new episode. Two-time Grammy Award-winning Kacey Musgraves returns for the first time since her 2014 appearance and roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real make their ACL debut.

One of country music’s most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, Kacey Musgraves returns to the ACL stage with songs from Golden Hour, her third album, and a career highlight. The release has generated glowing reviews and recently earned a coveted Album of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association for the upcoming CMA Awards (on November 14), along with a nod for Musgraves as Female Vocalist of the Year. With a sequin-studded saddle suspended over the stage, the boundary-pushing country artist delivers a radiant seven-song set showcasing Golden Hour, opening with the lush “Slow Burn,” an introspective stunner reflecting the more personal direction of her latest collection. The East Texas native made a name for herself with her piercing observations and irreverent brand of country and reaches back to her 2013 breakthrough for the fan-favorite “Follow Your Arrow,” letting the crowd take over on the final verse. “Get on your roller skates Austin,” she instructs the rapt audience for the disco-fied set-closer “High Horse,” as Musgraves treats the crowd to some smooth moves, turning the ACL stage into her very own dance floor.

photo:  Scott Newton

After more than a decade on the road barnstorming across the U.S.A. and around the world, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into one of music’s most impressive live acts, earning a 2018 Group of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Awards. The band’s sound draws on many of Nelson’s influences including his own father, outlaw country icon Willie Nelson, and Neil Young, with whom the band has regularly toured and recorded in recent years. In their ACL debut, the six-piece outfit delivers on their promise with a powerhouse set filled with songs from their acclaimed self-titled album. Opening with the fierce rocker “Something Real,” the band showcase their bona fides segueing seamlessly into country heartbreaker “(Forget About) Georgia.” The Austin-born Nelson performs a sterling solo acoustic “Just Outside of Austin,” a crowd-pleaser steeped in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, before closing out the set with the stirring social anthem “Turn Off the News” for a memorable ACL debut.

Great news! Willie Nelson taping Austin City Limits November 19th — Back by popular demand!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

by:  Peter Blackstock

He just can’t wait to get on the show again. Willie Nelson, who launched “Austin City Limits” with a 1974 pilot episode that ushered in what’s not the longest-running music television series ever, will be at ACL Live on Nov. 19 to tape his 18th appearance on the programzhgk.

That’s one of two tapings announced today to close out the show’s 44th season. The other is Nov. 26th with August Greene, the all-star collaboration between hip-hop star Common and renowned jazz producers Robert Glasper (keyboards) and Karriem Riggins (drums) that appeared at South by Southwest in March after releasing an album.

Nelson has taken part in two Austin City Limits Hall of Fame shows in recent years, including his own induction into the first class in 2014. But this will be his first full taping of the program in nine years. The performance will be livestreamed via the ACL-TV YouTube channel.

Tickets to both the Nelson and August Greene tapings will be distributed for free via email lottery about a week before each taping. Check the show’s website and social media pages for announcements as the taping dates draw near. If you’re not fortunate enough to get a ticket to Willie’s taping, he’ll be back at the venue Dec. 29-31 for regular ticketed concerts ($99-$157) to ring in the new year. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real open all three shows.


Willie Nelson & Family on Austin City Limits (2000), with Johnny Gimbel, “Sweet Georgia Brown”

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Bobbie Nelson rocks this song, wow so unbelievably talented.

Willie Nelson in first ever Austin City Limits show on PBS (Jan 2, 1975)

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

photo: Scott Newton

by: G. Thompson

On Jan. 2, 1975, Austin City Limits premiered on PBS. The show’s inaugural episode, which aired as part of a PBS pledge drive, featured Willie Nelson as its very first guest.

ACL‘s original first episode actually taped on Oct. 13, 1974, and included an appearance by B.W. Stevenson. But when that recording was found unusable, Nelson became the first guest on the now-iconic show, singing “Good Hearted Woman,” “Whiskey River,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

Austin City Limits was so popular that it was quickly made into a regular series. Although the show was designed to focus on Texas music, including Texas swing and Tejano music, it quickly became known as a place for talent of all genres to perform. The Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, Björk, Bruce Hornsby, Suzanne Vega and Nine Inch Nails are among the many, many artists who have graced the ACL stage.

In 2014, Austin City Limits aired a star-studded prime-time special in honor of its 40th anniversary, hosted by Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey. Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson were among the performers during the two-hour show.

“This is a huge milestone for us,” ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said. “This show captures the essence of what Austin City Limits is all about. We set the bar high for this celebration, and we exceeded it! The lineup of talent speaks volumes about the respect that artists have for ACL.”

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music program in television history to date.

Also in 2014, Austin City Limits launched the ACL Hall of Fame. Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt are among the inductees so far.

More information on Austin City Limits, including a TV schedule, can be found on their website.

Willie Nelson & Friends, Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special “Texas Flood”

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Willie Nelson on the Jimmie Kimmel Show, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Vote ’em Out”

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Don’t be confused, the band’s not in LA.  This was filmed earlier.

I love pictures of Willie with other famous people, and seeing that they are such big fans and just as excited as any of us to get their picture taken with Willie Nelson.  Thanks to Elaine Schock of Shock, Inc. for reminding us about him being on the show tonight.