Willie Nelson on Austin City Limits broadcasts Saturday (January 26, 2019)

photo:  Suzanne Cordeiro

by:  Tallie Spencer

Willie Nelson performs during the Heartbreaker Banquet in Luck, Texas on March 19, 2015.

On Saturday, American music icon Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits to perform a mix of his universally known hits and classics. Below, Billboard is exclusively premiering Nelson’s “It’s All Going to Pot” performance from the new episode.

The legend, who helped launch the series in 1974, makes his highly anticipated return to “the House that Willie built,” marking his first headlining appearance in almost a decade and his first appearance with The Family Band since 2000.

Nelson starts the 16-song set with his perennial opener “Whiskey River,” the song he launched ACL with almost half a century ago. Not surprisingly, there are many sing-along moments throughout the set.


“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson — simple as that,” ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said in a statement. “He launched ACL into the television universe in 1974, and has helped keep us going for 45 years. It was truly emotional to witness such an outpouring of love from the audience. This show is Willie Nelson, pure and simple.”

Watch the exclusive preview of “It’s All Going to Pot” below. The new episode premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on participating PBS stations. Viewers can visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and select live stream updates.

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