TV's Austin City Limits has announced its schedule for the season that starts October 2. This will be its 36th season as part of the PBS lineup and its last in its original studio which was designated last year as a historic rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The lineup covers a lot of ground, opening with the reggae of Jimmy Cliff through the bluegrass of Steve Martin and the R&B of John Legend and the Roots. Series executive producer, Terry Lickona, talked about the upcoming studio change and what they wanted to do with the new season. "This season celebrates one of the most exciting times in ACL’s history. With that in mind this season will acknowledge some of the key artists who have long histories with ACL, while simultaneously showcasing the fresh, new sounds in today’s music. It’s great to be able to celebrate the past and the future at the same time!
The new studio will be a full-time music venue and will have a state-of-the-art production facility. According to an ACL press release, the new studio "will enable more fans to watch future live tapings and provide an enhanced experience for all future shows, while maintaining the intimacy, character and integrity that have been the hallmark of Austin City Limits for more than three decades."
The fall schedule for ACL:
- October 2 - Jimmy Cliff
- October 9 - Spoon
- October 16 - Patty Griffin & Friends
- October 23 - Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty
- October 30 - Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll
- November 6 - Steve Martin / Sarah Jarosz
- November 13 - Rosanne Cash / Brandi Carlile
- November 20 - John Legend & The Roots