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Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver on David Letterman (December 17, 2014)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Win a copy of “Angels Sing” movie poster, signed by Willie Nelson

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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If you are on Facebook, Willie Nelson’s page is giving a way an autographed copy of the poster to the movie, “Angels Sing”, starring Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson.  To enter to win, visit his page, and share the above photo.

Also, gather round the family, “Angels Sing” is currently playing on the Hallmark Channel.

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Willie Nelson Swings Over the Rainbow, with Friends (PBS, 1981)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending along the poster from the PBS special. I forgot about this show, how beautiful it is.

.  For your Sunday morning enjoyment.

Willie Nelson – “Swingin’ Over The Rainbow” – PBS Special from 1981. Every song is gold. Willie Nelson & Family, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Dean Reynolds, Ray Benson. Originally recorded from local cable on VHS in 1981.

Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Jr., “Inside Arlyn”

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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by: Gary Miller

Part two of the pilot episode for the new Austin-based, Willie Nelson-hosted TV show “Inside Arlyn,” a spotlight on local blues man Gary Clark Jr. taped last night at Aryln Studios. (The first, featuring Nelson and Merle Haggard taped earlier this week.)

Freddy Fletcher, owner of the studio warmly welcomed the audience to the main room, an intimate space with candles flickering on the control room window ledges and artful globe lights hanging around the stage, with a story about the building’s history. In the ’60s, his mother — Willie Nelson’s sister who performs at Sister Bobbie — used to play piano in the space, then a restaurant called the Summer House. Later his uncle Willie bought the building and ran a club called the Austin Opera House in the ’70s. Fletcher opened the studio in 1984. “There’s so much music in these walls,” he said.

More musical magic was on tap as Nelson and Clark entered together to hearty applause. For a two song intro, Nelson, backed by Clark’s band sang the blues, his characteristic emotional warble neatly adapting to capture the nuance of a musical form normally marked by guts and grit. Clark sang backup and expressed himself as he does best — coaxing a incredible range of color and tones from his guitar.

“I’m not gonna front,” Clark said as Nelson turned over the set, his voice trailing off. The 30-year-old blues singer and recently crowned superstar was clearly moved to share a stage with Austin’s number one living musical icon. “Thanks for letting us mess up your songs,” he joked.

Last week, after announcing the show, Fletcher explained that part of his mission is to preserve the musical history of Austin. “Willie’s like the godfather and Gary Clark will be the guy who carries that torch,” he said.

Clark valiantly carried the torch on Wednesday night. Opening his segment with a rambling rendition of “Catfish Blues” he laid down 40 minutes or so of rootsy, rafter-rattling, gut bucket blues. No one cared that he skipped his biggest hit “Bright Lights,” or the blistering “When My Train Comes In” that brought down the house during recent pop up show. Instead the crowd was perfectly happy to rock along to classic Clark numbers like “Don’t Owe You a Thang,” alongside new tracks from the album he’s currently recording at Arlyn Studios.

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The warm reception from the enamored audience bodes well for the show’s appeal. Beyond that, it was a reminder of how much of a treasure Clark truly is for our city. An incredibly talented musician who moves in his own lane churning out wrenching ten minutes jams in an industry that clamors for three minute sound bites, Clark sings and plays with pure heart. His performances are always moving, often revelations. He’s a torch bearer who should make us all very, very proud.

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Willie Nelson on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (March 14, 2014)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Watch “A Salute to the Troops” concert, at White House on pBS

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


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A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in advance of Veterans Day and as part of The White House “Joining Forces” initiative, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve theUnited States. The concert, which will have a live audience that will include hundreds of members of the military, will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. Don Was will be the music director. The production is also working with the USO, for a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base inJapan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia— both to be included in the White House concert and the broadcast. (Program subject to change.)

The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-thirdproduction in the series’ thirty-six years. The sixty-minute television special is produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures and The GRAMMY Museum®. “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” will premiere Friday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide, as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival. (Check local listings.)  The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

About the USO: USO provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Its programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

The broadcast has been made possible by a special collaboration with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and USO, Inc. A joint sponsorship by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin provides major corporate funding for this event. Additional funders include the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, The Annenberg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

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President Barrack Obama joined Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Common and Mary J. Blige onstage at a tribute concert to honor American troops Thursday (November 6). The group collaborated on an amped-up version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” with the president struggling to sing along.

A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House aired on PBS last night (November 7) and the highlight of the concert came during the final performance of the Red Headed Stranger’s classic 1980 tune, The Huffington Post notes. President Obama introduced Nelson, then informed the audience that the singer asked him to join in on the track. “Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’ll try it out,” he says in the video below, excellently titled, “yo, what is this.”

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard record at Arlyn Studios in Austin

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard record a session for the new television show, “Inside Arlyn Studios.”  

Also pictured Buddy Cannon, producer, and Mickey Raphael.  Sorry, I don’t know anyone else!

President O’bama joins Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, “On the Road Again” (Salute the Troops concert)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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President Barrack Obama joined Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Common and Mary J. Blige onstage at a tribute concert to honor American troops Thursday (November 6). The group collaborated on an amped-up version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” with the president struggling to sing along.

A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House aired on PBS last night (November 7) and the highlight of the concert came during the final performance of the Red Headed Stranger’s classic 1980 tune, The Huffington Post notes. President Obama introduced Nelson, then informed the audience that the singer asked him to join in on the track. “Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’ll try it out,” he says in the video below, excellently titled, “yo, what is this.”

The musicianship is spectacular and everyone seems to be enjoying the song, but Obama looks like he hasn’t heard the track in awhile, if at all. He waves his wife, Michelle, onstage to perhaps take some of the heat off him, but that’s difficult to do when you’re the POTUS. Either way, he makes it through the performance, and like the rest of us, he marvels at the talent of Nelson
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Following the concert, Nelson spoke to CNN about about Obama and marijuana legalization. “I think I realize how he feels about it,” he said. “And I’ve read some of his books and things about when he was a kid, how he maybe had delved into that matter a little bit. I’m sure he’s very understanding of what’s going on and he may be happy to see it happening.”

The performer added that legalization of the drug might help to mellow the nation out a bit. “Well, I really think stress is the cause of a lot of our problems, and I really believe that the best medicine for stress is pot,” he for stress is pot,” he added. “Yeah, I think it would make us get along better all over the world.”

Willie Nelson talks marijuana on CNN with Brook Baldwin

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin asked Willie Nelson about the time he went up to the White House roof and what exactly he did up there. The country music star and pot advocate avoided the question, claiming, “Well Brooke it’s that short term memory thing.” He did end up giving some details though saying, “Up on top of the White House, it’s really a great scene up there. All the roads come together up there and you feel like you’re at the center of the world.”

Willie Nelson still going strong, selling out shows

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO – Willie Nelson has graced country music with countless hits for the last seven decades and at 81-years-old, he can still relate to his audiences.

Nelson sat down with KSAT’s Paul Venema and shared his secrets to staying on top. He sold-out two shows last month at Floore’s Country Store.

“I think I know pretty much what the people like. Probably a little more about what they like than somebody sitting up there in an office somewhere that’s not out there with them.” Neslon said.

There is an obvious love affair between Nelson and his fans, and it’s a bond that Nelson sees as the key to remaining relevant.

When asked how long he is planning on doing this, he said, “All I do is play music and golf. I’m not gonna quit neither one of those.”

Nelson is set release a third album of 2014 next month, following his “Band of Brothers” album, which debuted at No. 1 this summer.

At 81, he said he’s healthy and he has no plans to slow down.

“You have to be a pretty good athlete to do an hour and a half of singing. Singing takes more air than anything,” said Nelson. “But it is also good for you. People come to hear it and they clap and sing along and it’s good for them too.”

Later this month, Nelson will be back in San Antonio at the Majestic Theatre.

He’ll be singing of course, but you can also bet he’ll be listening too.

Willie Nelson to Host new Austin music TV series, “Inside Aryln Studios”

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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by: Chad Swiatecki

Country star Willie Nelson has signed on to host “Inside Arlyn Studios,” a new television series being filmed at the Austin recording studio where Nelson will interview and occasionally sit in on performances by a roster of famous musicians.

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The proposed series is the work of studio co-owner Freddy Fletcher, Nelson’s nephew and also one of the key partners at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The studio opened in 2013 in a portion of the former Austin Opera House building off South Congress Avenue and is owned by Fletcher with his wife Lisa and bar and restaurant entrepreneur Will Bridges.

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The show will tape its first two pilot episodes next week and Fletcher said he’s negotiating deals with several cable channels and other outlets, some of which he already has relationships with from his Stageside Productions event production company.

“We want the best deal we can get but it’s going to be whoever’s going to be the best fit for us, and who shares our vision,” he said. “We want it to be our vision, rather than having someone come in early and tell us, ‘This is what we want.'”

Outlaw country musician Merle Haggard and popular Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. are slated as the first two guests for the series. The first episode will also feature a joint interview with Nelson and Haggard conducted by journalist Dan Rather.

While Arlyn has attracted plenty of recording business since it opened it has also evolved into a premiere special event space for parties and private concerts throughout the year.

That broadening of the businesses’ horizons came about in 2013 when Raptor Group Holdings, a financial services company, rented the studio space during South By Southwest to host national touring acts as a treat for business partners and investors.

“It just snowballed from there because people love the environment we’ve created over there,” Fletcher said.
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Willie Nelson: Ten Prime Hits (CMT)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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The first band Willie Nelson joined played polka. He was only 10, but he brought several years of experience to the group.

His grandparents bought him a guitar from Sears when he was 6, and he started writing his own songs the year after that. He hasn’t stopped since. Almost 300 albums, more than 2,500 songs, seven decades, and countless of miles later, Nelson is one of the most recognized and revered figures in the world, let alone music.

Nelson landed at No. 7 as the latest honoree on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice, a list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves. Another honoree is named each week onCMT Hot 20 Countdown.

With such a massive catalog of songs and recordings, narrowing down his accomplishments to a short list is a challenging task, but in chronological order, here are 10 performances that have defined his career over more than five decades:

“Crazy”
Nelson was relatively unknown when he wrote “Crazy.” In 1962, Patsy Cline was already a star and delivered the powerfully plaintive vocals we all know in one masterful take. She didn’t immediately warm to Nelson’s demo of the song, in which he monkeyed with phrasing — sometimes jumping the beat, sometimes lagging behind — but Owen Bradley, her legendary producer, heard potential. As for Nelson’s writing, he took country’s tear-in-my-beer sadness, mixed it with pop elegance and jazz irreverence to create an exquisite exercise in self-deprecation as well as one of country music’s most famous songs ever.

“Whiskey River”
Its unmistakable percussive guitar and crazed songbird harmonica kick off almost every one of Nelson’s live shows, sometimes in a jazz-inspired rush, other times in a blues-soaked stroll. Nelson always picks the pace. Written by fellow Texan Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud, “Whiskey River” appeared on the 1973 album Shotgun Willie, Nelson’s decisive pivot from Nashville convention and toward the creation of Outlaw country. No, Nelson didn’t write “Whiskey River,” but like so many other songs composed by others that he’s recorded, it’s all his.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”
Just a sparse acoustic guitar and an inviting, campfire tenor carry this song, which became his first No. 1, earned him his first Grammy and introduced the world to Nelson as a recording artist. On the watershed 1975 album Red Headed Stranger, the song takes lovers’ separation to especially forlorn depths: “Love is like a dying ember, only memories remain/And through the ages I’ll remember blue eyes cryin’ in the rain.” Elvis Presley, Roy Acuff and others have also recorded the tune, which was written by Fred Rose, but Nelson’s aching rendition is the one that’s hung around.

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (with Waylon Jennings)
If you don’t smile when listening to Jennings join his friend for a song, honky-tonk may not be your bag — or you may just need to check your pulse. The two won a Grammy for this 1978 No. 1 smash written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, wryly admonishing and romanticizing cowboys in a rollicking warning for moms who probably weren’t considering pushing cowpoking as a career in the first place.

“Georgia on My Mind”
In 1978, Nelson also released Stardust, an album that took his flirtations with jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and pop, blended them with his country core and unveiled an entirely new sound that he’d been inching toward for years. He was already an outlaw and a superstar. Now he was an artist on par with the best. His haunting cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind” — an American classic indelibly sung by Ray Charles — won a Grammy, and Stardust stayed on country charts for a decade.

“On the Road Again”
Legend has it Nelson wrote “On the Road Again” in about 20 minutes on an airplane barf bag. The signature song with a runaway train beat was featured in Nelson’s 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose. The recording notched him his fourth Grammy, as well as his first and only Academy Award nomination for best original song. These days, he usually winds down most shows with this autobiographical tribute to highways, old friends and new towns — a fitting farewell that captures his undiminished anticipation and love of performing.

“Always on My Mind”
Sister Bobbie Nelson kicks off this No. 1 hit from 1982 on the piano before her brother launches into a list of concessions about falling short as a lover. But, he pleads earnestly, he was thinking about herthe whole time. His delivery clinched another Grammy, his fifth, and firmly cemented his role as the outsider insiders love to love. Written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James, Elvis Presley offered a moving cover of the song not long after his separation from Priscilla, while Brenda Leeand the Pet Shop Boys have recorded it, too.

“Pancho and Lefty” (featuring Merle Haggard)
One of the greatest story songs ever written, “Pancho and Lefty” paired Nelson with fellow icon Haggard. A genius consistently ranked among the best songwriters to have ever lived, Townes Van Zandt penned the hardscrabble tale about bandits, betrayal and living with decisions made and originally recorded it in 1972. Nelson and Haggard’s definitive version plays like a John Ford film for your ears and climbed all the way to No. 1 in 1983.

“Highwayman” (with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash)
Along with Kristofferson, Jennings and Cash, Nelson formed the Highwaymen, Outlaw country’s version of the Rat Pack, in the ’80s. The quartet’s single “Highwayman” — a trippy tale of reincarnation written by Jimmy Webb — topped the charts in 1985. All four take a verse with distinct style and swagger, and the result is an anthem celebrating the soul’s immortality that’s taken on an air of heightened poignancy with the passing of Jennings and Cash.

“Mendocino County Line” (featuring Lee Ann Womack)
Nelson is a generous and frequent collaborator. In addition to those on this list, his duet partners have ranged from Ray Charles, Julio Iglesias, Ray Price and Leon Russell, to Snoop Dogg, Rob Thomas,Wynton Marsalis and Toby Keith. For 2002’s “Mendocino County Line,” he called on Womack. The dreamy remembrance of long-gone love sweeps listeners away thanks to Womack’s lush vocals. Ultimately, though, the track is grounded in the gritty, glorious Nelson — the eternal, offbeat metronome of American music.

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Willie Nelson on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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Willie Nelson has been revealed at No. 7 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice.

A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is named each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Beginning his career in the late ’50s, Nelson attempted to fit the mold of the clean-cut Nashville country singer at first but eventually changed course and moved to Austin, Texas, in the early ’70s.

From there, he would become one of the leading figures of the Outlaw country movement — in which artists sought greater creative control over their music — and released classic albums like Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust.

With Wanted: The Outlaws, Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser are credited with the first country album to ever sell 1 million copies. He has recorded 68 studio albums in all.

A celebrated songwriter with a singular vocal and guitar-playing style, Nelson’s hits include “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” and “Crazy,” which became an iconic single for Patsy Cline. Nelson is also famed as a prolific duet partner, scoring collaborative hits like “Pancho & Lefty” with Merle Haggard and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” with Jennings.

He continues to record and tour tirelessly, his most recent album being 2014’s Band of Brothers. He is president of the board of directors for Farm Aid and a co-chair on the advisory board of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Merle Haggard, Randy Houser, Asleep at the Wheel‘s Ray Benson, Ashley Monroe, Rhonda Vincent,Pam Tillis and Ronnie Dunn are just a few of the artists who named Nelson as a central influence on today’s country music landscape.

“His voice is unique and needs no correction,” Haggard said. “He has the perseverance matched by nobody that I know of, and he sincerely loves what he does. There’s nobody better at it.”

“Willie Nelson’s got one of the richest, most interesting voices there ever was,” Houser noted. “When you hear him tell a story or hear a song that he wrote and hear him do it, I mean, there’s so much conviction. You know that he’s felt those things, and that transcends anything. I don’t even know why people want to say anything about him having a nontypical voice in a negative way. I don’t care how your voice sounds, if it’s interesting, it’s interesting. That’s what the best voices are, to me.”

On top of his one-of-a-kind style, Nelson is also known for having a kind heart.

“I’ve known Willie for 40 years or longer, and he’s been the best friend a man could ever have,” Benson said. “I mean, musically he is Willie. There’s nobody like him. Playing onstage with Willie is as unique an experience as you can get because he does everything Willie’s way. Luckily, I’ve been with him so long that I know that way, and I love it and it’s just fun.”

“He has this peace about him, this overwhelming peace when you watch him sing or just being in his presence,” Monroe added. “He’s calm. He knows what he’s doing, and you can tell the songs he has written were supposed to be written. They’ve changed music history.”

“I think Willie Nelson has this very calming and very kind spirit that surrounds him,” Vincent agreed. “As you talk to him, he’s rather soft spoken and he kind of draws you in. I think you can’t help but just love him and love that he has that calming spirit about him, whatever it might be.”

But what really sets Nelson apart is the way he was able to change country music, just by being himself.

“Willie tried to make it as an entertainer in Nashville, but he was just a little too different,” Tillis said. “I remember when Willie had short hair and wore a turtle neck. (laughs) I guess he was coming out of that folk era. But then Willie just said, ‘You know what? To hell with all you guys, the powers that be.’

“And when he owned up to who he was and grew his hair long and stopped caring what anybody thought, then it turned into magic. I just remember all of a sudden … hippie country took the country by storm. All of a sudden, you had hillbillies that could play arenas, and they changed the game.”

“Willie was an innovator,” Dunn concluded. “He brought a big social and cultural change to country music. He’s actually the first country artist I got excited about because I listened to as much rock as I did country. … And then Willie came along and fused that culture with sound, and it all came together.”

Check out the rest of the CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice list, and find out who will be announced each Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years on PBS

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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Join us as we celebrate four decades as a music institution withAustin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, a primetime special airing Friday, October 3rd, 9-11pm ET on PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the trailblazing show’s remarkable run, while the brightest stars in the series’ history return to the ACL stage for dream duets and choice collaborations.

An all-star lineup of ACL royalty pays tribute to the show’s enduring legacy with unforgettable music performances. Highlights of the special include the show opener as Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark, Jr. team up for the Sam & Dave classic “Wrap It Up.” Incredible pairings include ACL Hall of Fame legend  Willie Nelson and EmmyLou Harrison the Nelson-penned classic “Crazy” and  Kris Kristofferson Sheryl Crow’s moving take on his signature “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The Foo Fighters honor ACL with a wild rendition of Texas cult hero Roky Erickson‘s “Two Headed Dog,” recorded at the show’s original television studio especially for the occasion. Host Jeff Bridges performs the late singer-songwriter Stephen Bruton’s song “What A Little Bit of Love Can Do” as a tribute to the influential Austin musician who inspired Bridges’ Oscar-winning portrayal in Crazy Heart.

Local legends Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keenshowcase their troubadour roots and significance to the Austin music scene. Breakout artists and ACL alumni Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. give blistering performances that forecast the future of the series. Blues titan Buddy Guy brings it all home with an electrifying take on his “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

The special comes to a close with an all-star reading of two Lone Star classics—a stellar lineup of guitar slingers blaze through the Stevie Ray Vaughan standard “Texas Flood” and the biggest names in music trade verses on the Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away,” as ACL embraces its past and hints at what is to come.

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It aired on PBS last Friday, but it looks like it can be rented or purchased:

Stevie Ray Vaughn honored; “Texas Flood” by Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lyle Lovett and more (Austin City Limits)

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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Recently, Austin City Limits celebrated forty years as a music institution. A television special honoring the program’s 40th anniversary was aired that featured well-known artists in the series’ history coming together to perform select songs. Above, you can watch a clip that features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson and his son Lukas, and Lyle Lovett perform their version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood.” They are back by SRV’s band, Double Trouble, who are bassist Tommy Shannon, keyboardist Reese Wynans and drummer Chris Layton.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd wastes little time starting the song with bending notes and a guitar sound almost identical to the late SRV. Bluesman Buddy Guy takes the first verse before handing the duties to Willie Nelson. Willie trades vocals with his son, Lukas, who impresses the audience with a sharp solo. The tune wraps up with Lyle Lovett giving a brief but gritty vocal performance. While the Stevie Ray Vaughan version often highlighted only the guitarist, it would have been interesting to hear where Kenny, Buddy, Willie and others would have taken it, if given all the time they wanted.

For more information about Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years and its lineup of artists, check out theAustin City Limits website.