On 10/17/1974, Austin City Limits taped it’s first show, featuring Willie Nelson. The show did not air until sometime in 1975. The show was so successful, that PBS ordered 10 more shows.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ford Theater, will show “35 Years of Austin City Limits: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel” on September 19, 2009.
Terry Lickona, producer of Austin City Limits, will be on hand to discuss the 35-year-history of the program, including highlights and challenges of producing this show since 1976. Also, he will introduce the Southeast Premiere of the 25th anniversary performance with Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel.
The Americana Music Association (AMA) will partner with the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) to present two premiere screenings during the 10th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, September 16-19, 2009 in Nashville.
“Americana on Film” will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Ford Theatre and include screenings of Behind the Confessions: Radney Foster’s Revival on Thursday September 17 from 12:00-2 p.m. with Foster in attendance and the Southeast Premier of 35 Years of Austin City Limits: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, Saturday, September 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m. with Austin City Limits producer Terry Lincona.
The screenings are free to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum members, anyone attending the museum that day and Americana Music Association’s Festival and Conference registrants with badges.
Thanks to Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, lighting director for Willie Nelson and Family, for sharing this photo of the taping of Willie and the Wheel segment for Austin City Limits.