Austin City Limits is an American variety show that aired on PBS since January 3, 1976. The show helped Austin to become widely known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", and is the only television show to receive the National Medal of Arts, which it was awarded in 2003. It also won a rare institutional Peabody Award in 2011 "for its more than three decades of presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres". Austin City Limits is produced by Austin PBS under the Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council. The show was created in 1974 by Bill Arhos, Bruce Scafe, and Paul Bosner.
|Austin City Limits|
|Created by||Bill Arhos|
|Directed by||Bruce Scafe (1976–1977)|
Charles Vaughn (1978)
Clark Santee (1979)
Allan Muir (1980–82)
Gary Menotti (1983–present)
|Narrated by||Terry Lickona (1979–present)|
|Theme music composer||Gary P. Nunn (1977–2004)|
John Mills (1982–98)
Tequila Mockingbird (2000–2004)
Charlie Sexton (2004–07)
Explosions in the Sky (2011–14)
Gary Clark Jr. (2014–15)
The Black Angels (2017-19)
Spoon (2019-2020, 2021-2022)
Black Pumas (2020-2021)
|Opening theme||"London Homesick Blues" (1977–2004)|
"An Introduction" (2011–14)
"Travis County Line" (2014–15)
"History of Women" (2017-19)
"Hot Thoughts" (2019-2020, 2021-2022)
|Ending theme||"London Homesick Blues" (1977–2004)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||900|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Picture format||NTSC (1976–2004)|
HDTV 720p (2004–07)
HDTV 1080i (2007–present)
|Original release||January 3, 1976 –|
Beginning in season 15 (1990), Austin City Limits began broadcasting in Dolby Surround, and continued until season 24 (1999). From 1976 to 2004 (seasons 1-29), the show was broadcast in NTSC. From 2004 to 2007 (seasons 30-32), the show was broadcast in HDTV 720p. Beginning in season 33 (2007–08), the show began broadcasting in widescreen HDTV 1080i.
Each episode began with a preview of the artist as read by executive producer Terry Lickona, which leads into an opening credit sequence. After the credits, Lickona would introduce the artist. The camera was positioned during the performance, so that various closeup shots can be seen. After the performance, there was an interview segment. After the interview segment, Lickona would introduce our next artist, and another interview segment, followed by the closing credits. The show consisted of two artists in a half-hour format, as well as one artist in a one hour format. Beginning in season 30 (2004-2005) and continuing to today, Lickona would ask the artist a question. Beginning in season 46, Lickona appeared on camera to introduce that night's performance, as well as the interview segments. The show was originally taped at KLRU's Studio 6A during the first 36 seasons (1976-2011). Beginning in season 37 (2011-2012), the show moved to its current home at the Moody Theater.
Beginning in season 5 (1980), Austin City Limits introduced its Songwriters Special, which remained in use until season 34 (2008-2009). The first Songwriters Special teamed up with Willie Nelson, Floyd Tillman, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Whitey Shafer, and Sonny Throckmorton.
The pilot was shot on October 17, 1974, and starred Willie Nelson. (B.W. Stevenson was actually taped the night before, but the recording was deemed unusable.) The deliberate lack of production slickness plus attention to audio detail pleased even the notoriously TV-shy Nelson. Lead Marketer Ken Waggoner, and ACL creator Bill Arhos pitched the pilot to PBS as part of its 1975 pledge drive. The show's success as a fundraiser was enough for Arhos to get ACL green-lighted as a series.
The show inspired the creation of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual live music festival at Zilker Park in Austin. In 1982, Bill Arhos returned to Austin City Limits as the executive producer starting in season 7, and he stayed until his retirement in season 24 (1999). In 2015, Arhos died at the age of 80. In 2014, he was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Some of the performances from Austin City Limits have been released as CDs and DVDs in the Live from Austin, TX series. Full episodes can also be viewed online at the show's official website. There is an Austin City Limits store at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
On June 21, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that nearly 40 years of Austin City Limits footage would be digitally archived "in perpetuity" at the Museum's new Library and Archives; recordings from more than 800 live performances will be made available to the public.
On September 9, 2018, Austin City Limits Radio was launched in Austin at 97.1 FM (utilizing a leased HD Radio subchannel of KGSR (93.3-HD2)), with an eclectic playlist representative of the television show's history.
In 1981, Austin City Limits began syndicating to local stations under the moniker Austin City Limits Encore. MTV Live (formerly Palladia HD) acquired rerun rights to the series in 2016 under the moniker Best of Austin City Limits. From 2002 to 2003, CMT repackaged several country music-themed episodes under the moniker Best of Austin City Limits. When Austin City Limits aired on CMT, episodes ran for 42 minutes to make room for commercials, and began with an introduction by Charlie Robison, and Tara McNamara. From 1992 to 1993, TNN repackaged older Austin City Limits performers under the moniker Austin Encore. The program also aired on CMT Canada from 1998 to 2002.
Joe Gracey was the talent consultant for Season 1. Executive producer Lickona joined the program in 1979 during season 4 as a producer. The first director of Austin City Limits was Bruce Scafe, who was the director for the show's first two seasons in 1976 and 1977; Charles Vaughn took over as producer-director in season 3 (1978); Clark Santee took over as director in season 4 (1979); Allan Muir took over as director in season 5 (1980), and he continued until season 7 (1982); Gary Menotti replaced Allan Muir as the show's current director starting in season 8 (1983).
For the first 36 seasons, Austin City Limits was taped in its original home at Studio 6A in the Communications Building B on the University of Texas at Austin campus, on a stage featuring a mock skyline of Austin in the background, which was introduced in season 7 (1982). The studio had a seating capacity of approximately 800, but due to limited access to fire exits the audience size was limited to 300. In 2010, the show and its original studio were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A plaque near the entrance to Communications Building B commemorating the occasion proclaims Austin City Limits as the "longest running music show in the history of American television". On February 26, 2011, Austin City Limits held its first taping in its new purpose-built Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin's Block 21. The additional seating capacity of 2,750 is used for an estimated 100 concerts and 100 private events per year at the venue.
On December 2, 2014, in celebration of Austin City Limits' 40th season, a DVD titled Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years was released.
The pilot episode aired was taped on October 14, 1974, and aired on PBS on March 22, 1975, but the initial audience was small, and the quality of the audio and video was so poor, that the pilot episode of Austin City Limits, was never aired again. After the pilot episode, Austin City Limits was going national.
- Willie Nelson
Season 1 (1976)
This is the first season with the 1971-1984 PBS logo; during this season, each episode began with a soundcheck, ran by producer Paul Bosner. He used it as the audio to accompany each episode's two-minute opening sequence. During the soundcheck, viewers see photographs of Texas landscapes, country roads, and the Austin City Limits sign. The montage shifts to local nightclubs, such as Threadgill's, The Cotton Exchange Saloon, One Knite, Castle Creek, Split Rail, Broken Spoke, Texas Opry House, Armadillo World Headquarters, and the Soap Creek Saloon. We cut to a shot of the empty stage as the Austin City Limits logo appeared, and "with (artists' name)" appear onscreen. The closing credits feature a shot of the empty stage.
- Asleep at the Wheel/Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
- Rusty Wier
- Townes Van Zandt/Clifton Chenier
- Flaco Jimenez with Ry Cooder and Augie Meyers
- Doug Sahm
- Alvin Crow & The Pleasant Valley Boys
- Steve Fromholz
- B.W. Stevenson/Bobby Bridger
- Balcones Fault
- Greezy Wheels/Marcia Ball
- The Charlie Daniels Band
- The Lost Gonzo Band/Jerry Jeff Walker
Season 2 (1977)
Starting with this season, Gary P. Nunn's "London Homesick Blues" became the show's theme song. So director Bruce Scafe took the song from Season 1, Episode 13: The Lost Gonzo Band/Jerry Jeff Walker (1976), using as the audio to accompany the landscapes.
- Willie Nelson/Tracy Nelson
- The Amazing Rhythm Aces/Gove Scrivenor
- The Earl Scruggs Revue
- Jimmy Buffett/Rusty Wier
- Gatemouth Brown/Delbert McClinton
- Guy Clark/Steve Fromholz
- The Dirt Band/Kiwi
- Larry Gatlin/Alex Harvey
- Willis Alan Ramsey/Roy Buchanan
Season 3 (1978)
- Michael Murphey
- Steve Goodman
- John Prine
- Bob Wills' Texas Playboys/Ernest Tubb
- Chet Atkins/Merle Travis
- Doc & Merle Watson/Gove Scrivenor
- Johnny Rodriguez/Linda Hargrove
- John Hartford/The Dillards
- Jesse Winchester/Mother of Pearl
- Asleep at the Wheel/Bobby Bridger
- Vassar Clements/Gatemouth Brown
- Merle Haggard
- Killough & Eckley/The Lost Gonzo Band
Season 4 (1979)
Starting this season, Terry Lickona became the producer, he's currently the executive producer.
- Norton Buffalo
- John McEuen with Vassar Clements, Marty Stuart, Byron Berline, Bryan Savage, and Elizabeth Cotten
- Dan Del Santo/Taj Mahal
- The Neville Brothers/Robert Shaw/Lightnin' Hopkins
- Nashville Super Pickers/Tom T. Hall
- Leon Redbone/Steve Fromholz
- Tom Waits
- Delbert McClinton/The Cate Brothers
- Pure Prairie League/Bobby Bare
- Alvin Crow/Marcia Ball
- Hoyt Axton
- Little Joe y La Familia/Esteban Jordan
- Doug Kershaw/Clifton Chenier
Season 5 (1980)
Beginning with this season, the show is produced by the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council; Allan Muir became the director.
- Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown
- Don Williams/Janie Fricke
- Songwriters Special with Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Floyd Tillman, Whitey Shafer, and Sonny Throckmorton
- Ray Charles & His Orchestra
- Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys/Uncle Walt's Band
- Joe Ely/Jerry Jeff Walker
- Hank Williams Jr./The Shake Russell-Dana Cooper Band
- Johnny Gimble and His Bosque Bandits/Texas Swing Pioneers
- Johnny Paycheck/Billy Joe Shaver
- Flaco Jimenez/Beto y Los Fairlanes
- Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley/Marty Robbins
- Carl Perkins/Joe Sun
- Mel Tillis/Gail Davies
Season 6 (1981)
During this season, Austin City Limits did a Swingin' Over the Rainbow Special with Willie Nelson, and Country Classics from Austin City Limits, featuring a compilation of classic country songs from the first 5 seasons of the show's run (1976-1980). The opening sequence changed: the camera pans down to see a tree on a lake, camera pans to the right to see the Austin City Limits sign, camera zooms in on the Austin City Limits sign as a truck passes by, and we see people dancing at Hondo's Saloon. The scenes are also interwoven with people sitting at the bar, man talking to another man and spilling bottles, woman and a man kissing, three people sitting at the table, and a man in a cowboy hat playing billiards. The camera pans up to see people dancing, and we see an Austin City Limits neon sign. The camera zooms in on a star, causing the screen to go black, and a star spins to reveal photographs of that day's episode The closing credits have changed to stills from that day's episode
- The Charlie Daniels Band
- Bobby Bare/Lacy J. Dalton
- Ray Price/Asleep at the Wheel
- Johnny Rodriguez/Alabama
- The David Grisman Quintet/Mandolin Special with Tiny Moore, Jethro Burns, and Johnny Gimble
- Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys/Riders in the Sky
- Tony Joe White/Gary Stewart
- Songwriters Encore with Willie Nelson, Floyd Tillman, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Whitey Shafer, Sonny Throckmorton, and Ray Price
- Charley Pride/Razzy Bailey
- Michael Martin Murphey & The Great American Honky-Tonk Band/Ed Bruce
- Leo Kottke/Passenger
- Joe "King" Carrasco & The Crowns/Sir Douglas Quintet
Season 7 (1982)
Starting this season, Austin City Limits introduced its opening theme music, composed by saxophonist/composer John Mills; Bill Arhos returned to the show as the executive producer The opening sequence changed: the Austin City Limits sign has covered in dirt and debris, two armadillos chase, and two women riding on horses. A man and a woman ride a double bike, dog catching a frisbee up in the air, two people jog, a shot of the Austin skyline with trees, camera zooms in on the Texas state capital when people are walking by, people swimming at Barton Springs, man rollerblading with the girls, sailboats at sunset, nighttime shots, camera pans to see people dancing in the outdoor concert, and the lights clear up the whole scene. Then, the Austin City Limits logo appeared over the final scene. The closing credits changed: Muir and Menotti at the control room, three men posing for a picture, man wearing a 10 gallon hat and getting videotape all over his shirt, four men standing behind their cameras, man holding a screwdriver, Lickona smiling at two women, two men standing in front of the lighting, a shot of the crew members, a shot of a man facing the camera, two men pose for the picture, man looking up into the camera, girl talking on the phone and reading a book, man holding a camera, Arhos and Gutin talking on phones, Muir points while Menotti sleeps, and a shot of the empty stage with the Austin skyline backdrop. This season introduced the iconic Austin skyline backdrop This was Allan Muir's last season as the director, as he left the show permanently after this season
- Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band/Rodney Crowell & The Cherry Bombs
- Kris Kristofferson
- Jerry Reed/Chet Atkins with Special Guest Jethro Burns
- Johnny Lee & The Urban Cowboy Band/Charly McClain
- Willie Nelson/Guy Clark
- Merle Haggard with Leona Williams and The Strangers
- The Bellamy Brothers with Diamondback/John Anderson
- Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers/Ricky Skaggs
- Tompall and the Glaser Brothers/George Strait
- Don McLean/Terri Gibbs
- Roy Clark/The Geezinslaws
- Pete Fountain/Jazzmanian Devil
- George Thorogood & The Destroyers/David Olney & The X-Rays
Season 8 (1983)
Starting this season, Gary Menotti became the director; The Lone Star Brewing Company quit underwriting after this season. The opening credits remains in such since Season 7 (1982). The closing credits changed to black-and-white photographs of ACL crew members, ending with a shot of the empty stage from Season 7 (1982). The Austin skyline backdrop's lights had given new colors; giving the set a more Texas-oriented atmosphere.
- Mickey Gilley/T.G. Sheppard
- Don Williams/West Texas Songwriters Special with Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, David Halley, and Jimmie Gilmore
- Roy Orbison
- Songwriters Showcase with Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Keith Sykes, Bill Caswell, and Rosanne Cash
- B.B. King
- Janie Fricke/B.J. Thomas
- Frizzell & West/Con Hunley
- Michael Martin Murphey/Gary P. Nunn
- Rosanne Cash/Steve Wariner
- Rank and File/Delbert McClinton
- Tammy Wynette/John Conlee
- Roger Miller/Earl Thomas Conley
- Loretta Lynn & The Coal Miners
Season 9 (1984)
Lickona Watson & Casey Productions provides personnel and production services, which remained in use until Season 12 (1987). The opening sequence changed: the camera pans to the left to see the Austin City Limits sign behind the congress bridge, a shot of the Austin skyline, two men doing construction, a shot of the Broken Spoke as two men walk in, a girl in a chili cookoff, an elderly woman dances while people are hanging around, man sings and plays guitar while people use their instruments, two people dancing, a man, woman, and a dog riding a motorcycle, a girl chases the armadillo, a man holds the armadillo, a longhorn standing in a field with a band behind it, people watching a football game, a shot of the Austin skyline at night, people waiting in line for Esther's Follies 6th Anniversary, man spinning a rose, people walking by, a shot of the Texas state capital with a moon and lights, clearing up the whole scene to reveal a preview of the episode, the Austin City Limits logo appeared. The closing credits remains in such, as in Season 6 (1981). This is the last season with the 1971-1984 PBS logo, Budweiser replaced Lone Star Brewing Company as the underwriter. "London Homesick Blues" is rerecorded in a more modern style, featuring Gary P. Nunn on lead vocals, along with several backup vocalists; So Lickona took the song from Season 8, Episode 6: Michael Martin Murphey/Gary P. Nunn (1983), using as the audio to accompany the closing credits.
- Ray Charles/Lee Greenwood
- Jerry Lee Lewis & The Memphis Beats
- Freddie Powers with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
- Gary Morris/Gail Davies
- The Whites/New Grass Revival
- Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
- Johnny Rodriguez/David Allan Coe
- Dottie West/Floyd Cramer
- Bonnie Raitt/The LeRoi Brothers with Ray Campi and Sleepy LaBeef
- John Anderson/Lisa Gilkyson
- George Strait/The Kendalls
- Country Legends with Faron Young, Kitty Wells, Sons of the Pioneers, Joe and Rosie Maphis, Pee Wee King, Red Stewart, Johnny Wright, and The Collins Sisters
- Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble/The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Season 10 (1985)
This is the first season with the 1984-1989 PBS logo, and the last season where Lickona's voice was softer, Austin City Limits celebrated its 10th anniversary. The opening credits changed to a flyover of Austin, Texas at night, the Austin City Limits logo appeared over this scene Then, the text "10th Anniversary" appear, and we clips from the first 9 seasons of the show's run (1976-1984) Then, a preview of the episode is shown, followed by the Austin City Limits logo. Lickona's opening spiel was changed to: "Recorded live from Austin, Texas, it's Austin City Limits. This year, celebrating our 10th anniversary of showcasing great music, singers and pickers, today's legends, and the stars of tomorrow. The best of country music and then some". The closing credits changed: the camera zooms out on the Austin City Limit highway sign, and we see photographs of ACL crew members doing a different activity in an outdoor setting, such as pretending to hitchhike, playing miniature golf at a golf course, wearing sunglasses and sailing, sitting on a hammock holding a cat on the front porch, riding a bike around a lake, snorkeling and wearing goggles, swimming, enjoying their lunch at a picnic table, pretending to be gangsters, sitting on a bench, standing on a Public of Texas floor, on a train, on a child's train, waving in a cable car, at Barton Springs, holding hands, jogging, and laughing and fishing; at the end, we see a still shot of the Austin skyline, and then, it turns into live-action.
- The Oak Ridge Boys/Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys
- Neil Young & The International Harvesters
- Exile/The Maines Brothers Band with Terry Allen
- Waylon Jennings/Billy Joe Shaver
- Eddie Rabbitt/Tammy Wynette
- Ricky Skaggs/The Judds
- Glen Campbell/Eddy Raven
- Joe Ely/Eric Johnson & The Avenue
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/A Tribute to Steve Goodman
- Juice Newton/Mark Gray
- Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers/Nanci Griffith
- Freddie Powers with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard/Whitey Shafer
- Earl Thomas Conley/Vince Gill
Season 11 (1986)
The opening sequence changed: a man and a woman walk past the Austin City Limits sign, a shot of the legs, giving a ticket and putting stamps on their hands, giving a booklet, another shot of the legs, serving beer, someone walking to the studio, hitting the man in the chest, beer sloshes and spills all over the floor, another shot of the legs, a man and a woman walk to Studio 6A, causing the screen to go black as it reveals the set, the Austin City Limits logo appeared, as the 10th anniversary of this season had passed, Lickona's opening spiel reverted back to "Recorded live from Austin, Texas, it's Austin City Limits". Lickona's voice became louder starting with this season, Fuji provides videotaping for Austin City Limits. The closing credits changed to different angles, clapping their hands, and lip-syncing.
- Gary Morris/Sylvia
- Mel Tillis/The Geezinslaw Brothers
- George Jones/Vern Gosdin
- John Schneider/Southern Pacific
- Tanya Tucker/Sawyer Brown
- Merle Haggard with special guest Freddie Powers
- Rockin' Sidney/The Neville Brothers
- Roger McGuinn/Kate Wolf
- Louise Mandrell/Mel McDaniel
- George Strait/Dwight Yoakam
- Legends of Bluegrass with Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys, Jim & Jesse, and Mac Wiseman
- Songwriters Special with Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Gail Davies, Lacy J. Dalton, Pam Rose, and Mary Ann Kennedy
- Austin City Limits Reunion Special with Steve Fromholz, Asleep at the Wheel, Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball, St. Greezy's Wheel, Rusty Wier, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn, and The Lost Gonzo Band
Season 12 (1987)
This is the last season produced by the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council, where the show had produced since Season 5 (1980); the Austin City Limits logo gained a gray color scheme. After that season, the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council dissolved, so KLRN and KLRU split up, forming The Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council. The opening sequence changed: a flyover of Austin, Texas at night, the Austin City Limits logo appeared. The credits gained a gray color scheme to match the season's title card. The closing credits changed to a flyover of the empty stage, the stage went dark, and we zoom in on the Austin skyline backdrop. An alternate version of the closing, featuring photographs of ACL crew members.
- Ronnie Milsap
- Steve Wariner/Restless Heart
- Brenda Lee/Sweethearts of the Rodeo
- Leon Russell/Steve Earle
- Fats Domino
- Chet Atkins with Thom Bresh, Larry Carlton, Johnny Gimble, Peter Ostrushko, Butch Thompson, and The Prairie Home Companion Band
- Randy Travis/Kathy Mattea
- Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash, Tommy Cash, and The Carter Family
- Squeezebox Special with Queen Ida, Santiago Jimenez Jr, and Ponty Bone
- The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Omar & The Howlers
- Lyle Lovett/Judy Rodman
- Riders in the Sky/Hot Rize
- Michael Martin Murphey/Marty Stuart
Season 13 (1988)
At the beginning of this season, KLRU (now Austin PBS); The Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council produces the show; this is the last season where the artists' names don't appear onscreen. The opening sequence changed: the camera pans down to see a tree on a lake, camera pans to the right to see the Austin City Limits sign; the Austin City Limits sign morphs into a blank one accompanied by sparkles, the comet flies, and the Austin City Limits logo flies out of the sign; then, the Austin City Limits logo sweeps away. The closing credits are the same as the opening.
- The O'Kanes/Highway 101
- The Forester Sisters with Thom Bresh and Lane Brody
- Rosanne Cash/Desert Rose Band
- Reba McEntire
- Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers/Holly Dunn
- John Prine/Asleep at the Wheel
- K.D. Lang & The Reclines/Foster & Lloyd
- Jerry Jeff Walker/Loudon Wainwright III
- Leo Kottke/Schulyer, Knobloch and Bickhardt
- Ricky Van Shelton/Darden Smith
- Ricky Skaggs/The Whites
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/New Grass Revival
- Gene Watson/Moe Bandy
- The Bellamy Brothers/The Wagoneers
Season 14 (1989)
This is the last season with the 1984-1989 PBS logo, it had been used since Season 10 (1985). Beginning with this season, the artists' names appear onscreen, and the Austin City Limits logo appeared over a live-action scene. The opening credits changed to nighttime scenes from around Austin, Texas, and the text "PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS" appear spray-painted. This is the first season to have the 1989-1993 KLRU/Austin logo. The closing credits for this season began with the Austin City Limits logo, and the camera pulls away to reveal Terry Lickona, Gary Menotti taking his headphones off, Susan Caldwell and Jeff Peterson crossing arm to arm, Mike Archenhold and Edward Fuentes playing with the buttons, Tim Record, David Hough, and Billy Lee Myers Jr working on the audio, Bob Selby explains while Michael Emery pulls the lighting, causing a blackout, camera operators standing in the studio, Ken Muldrow and Dan Martaus doing CMX editing, videotape operators getting tangled up, Dick Peterson and the others wave to the camera, production staff members sitting on the bench, man fixing the color with the video engineers, another shot of the staff members, ladies talking on telephones and getting tangled up, publicity and graphic designers spray at the camera, Joe Cook wearing a captains hat, Scott Newton trying a take a picture, and Bill Arhos hitching for a ride; camera zooming in on the Austin skyline, and the sun sets. The font for the credits were changed to Eastern Souvenir, which remained in use until Season 19 (1994).
- George Strait & The Ace in the Hole Band
- K.T. Oslin/Rodney Crowell
- The Charlie Daniels Band/Gary P. Nunn
- Stanley Jordan
- Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band/Nanci Griffith
- Delbert McClinton/The Crickets
- Dwight Yoakam/Patty Loveless
- Songwriters Special with Harland Howard, Don Schlitz, Mike Reid, Kye Fleming, and Mark Wright
- Buck Owens with Special Guest Dwight Yoakam/The Geezinslaws
- Texas Music Showcase with Robert Earl Keen Jr, Rosie Flores, Tony Perez, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
- Leonard Cohen
- Keith Whitley/Skip Ewing
- Timbuk3/Eric Johnson
- John Hiatt & The Goners/Los Lobos with special guest Flaco Jimenez
Season 15 (1990)
This is the first season with the 1989-1993 PBS logo, and to be broadcast in Dolby Surround. Budweiser no longer funded the show after this season; during this season, Austin City Limits produced a special entitled "Great Moments from Austin City Limits". This special was hosted by ACL Terry Lickona, featuring some of the memorable moments from the first 14 seasons of the show's run (1976-1989). Lickona's opening spiel was changed to: "Recorded live from Austin, Texas, it's Austin City Limits, celebrating 15 years of great music". The opening credits changed to the Austin skyline, the Austin City Limits logo, and "15th Anniversary" appear. The Austin City Limits 15th Anniversary logo zooms out, and we see faces of ACL performers during the first 14 seasons (1976-1989). This is followed by the Austin City Limits 15th Anniversary logo, and we see an aerial shot of the stage. On early episodes of this season, the text "PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS" appear. On later episodes of this season, it was changed to Viewers Like You. The text "Viewers Like" fades in, and the word "You" is drawn out. The closing credits changed to clips from the first 14 seasons (1976-1989).
- George Jones/Carl Perkins
- Marcia Ball/Beausoleil
- Gary Morris/Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Kathy Mattea/Tish Hinojosa
- Waylon Jennings/Marty Stuart
- Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble/W.C. Clark Blues Revue with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Angela Strehli, Lou Ann Barton, Kim Wilson, and Danny Freeman
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Denver, Vassar Clements, New Grass Revival, Randy Scruggs, The Carter Sisters, Paulette Carlson, and Jimmy Martin
- Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
- Michelle Shocked/Strength in Numbers
- Lucinda Williams/Guy Clark
- Garth Brooks/Shenandoah
- James McMurtry/Sweethearts of the Rodeo
- Lorrie Morgan/Steve Wariner
Season 16 (1991)
As the 15th anniversary of this season had passed, Lickona's opening spiel was changed to "It's Austin City Limits", followed by an instrumental version of London Homesick Blues, and then, Lickona said "Austin City Limits is made possible by the financial support of viewers like you". The Austin City Limits logo appeared over a live-action scene, and showing scenes from around Austin, Texas. Then, the text "Viewers Like" fades in, and the word "You" drawn out. This is the last season to have a rerecorded version of London Homesick Blues, which had been used since Season 9 (1984). The closing credits changed to black-and-white photographs of that day's episode.
- Ricky Van Shelton/Kelly Willis
- Sara Hickman/Kennedy-Rose
- Shelby Lynne/Willie Nelson
- Alan Jackson/Mark Collie
- Cowboy Junkies/Walter Hyatt
- Texas Tornados/McBride and the Ride
- Merle Haggard/Masters of Bluegrass
- Chet Atkins with Johnny Gimble and the Cluster Pluckers
- The Robert Cray Band/Buddy Guy
- Shawn Colvin/John Hammond
- Little Feat
- Joe Ely/Foster & Lloyd
- A Salute to the Cowboy with Michael Martin Murphey, Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Riders in the Sky, and the Sons of the San Joaquin
Season 17 (1992)
During this season, Austin City Limits did two specials during a PBS pledge drive, such as Neil Young in Concert, and In Country: Folk Songs of the Vietnam War. The opening credits changed to the Austin City Limits sign on a congress bridge, and showing nightclub scenes from around Austin, Texas. The Austin City Limits logo appeared, fading out to black, and revealing the set. The closing credits have changed to the same footage of the Austin City Limits sign on a congress bridge. This is the last season with the 1989-1993 PBS logo, it had been use since Season 15 (1990).
- Songwriters Special with Nanci Griffith, Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Julie Gold
- Los Lobos/C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks/The Acoustic Warriors
- Vince Gill/Alison Krauss and Union Station
- Albert Collins/Danny Gatton
- K.T. Oslin
- Travis Tritt/Holly Dunn
- The Subdudes/Bela Fleck and The Flecktones
- Trisha Yearwood/Hal Ketchum
- Rosanne Cash with Bruce Cockburn and Lucinda Williams
- Kevin Welch/Will T. Massey
- Doug Stone/Maura O'Connell
- John Prine/Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Season 18 (1993)
During this season, Austin City Limits introduced a classic encore, featuring a replay of B.B. King from Season 8 (1983). This is the last season to have the 1989-1993 KLRU/Austin logo at the beginning of the show. The opening sequence changed: the Austin City Limits logo appeared with the Austin skyline below, we zoom into the sky, and we see a starry space backdrop featuring the flying stars, such as Garth Brooks from Season 15 (1990), Reba McEntire from Season 13 (1988), Willie Nelson from Season 16 (1991), Stevie Ray Vaughan from Season 15 (1990), Bonnie Raitt and Ray Charles from Season 9 (1984), Randy Travis from Season 12 (1987), Trisha Yearwood from Season 17 (1992), Alan Jackson from Season 16 (1991), and Mary Chapin Carpenter from Season 17 (1992). Then, the stars fly out, and the Austin City Limits logo appeared. The closing credits remains in such, as in Season 17 (1992). This is the first season to have the 1993-1996 PBS logo.
- Michael Nesmith/Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers
- Marc Cohn/Leo Kottke
- Asleep at the Wheel/Riders in the Sky
- Lyle Lovett & His Large Band/Dr. John
- Delbert McClinton/Lee Roy Parnell
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Garrison Keillor and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble
- Tracy Lawrence/Suzy Bogguss
- Kathy Mattea/Great Plains
- John Gorka/Steve Forbert
- Taj Mahal/Tish Hinososa
Season 19 (1994)
In this season, Austin City Limits did a special called Merle Haggard in Concert; which aired as part of a PBS pledge drive, featuring replays of Merle Haggard's Austin City Limits appearances. The opening credits have changed to clips from past ACL openings in sepia tone, interwoven with artists in blue frames, such as Rosanne Cash, Bruce Hornsby, Hal Ketchum, John Anderson, Willie Nelson from Season 16 (1991), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Carlene Carter, Merle Haggard from Season 16 (1991), Kelly Willis, and Leonard Cohen. On the final shot, we see the Austin City Limits sign from Season 3 (1978), and the Dolby Surround logo is black. This is the last season where the credits appear in Eastern Souvenir font, it had been used since Season 14 (1989). The closing credits have changed to the same clips from past openings in sepia tone.
- Rosanne Cash/Carlene Carter & The Not Quite Ready for Primetime Opry Players
- Hal Ketchum/Kelly Willis
- Zachary Richard/The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
- Bruce Hornsby/John Mayall
- John Anderson/Billy Dean
- Patty Loveless/Monte Warden
- Songwriters Special with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Rodney Crowell
- Joan Baez/Rory Block
- Diamond Rio/John Michael Montgomery
- Suzanne Vega/Darden Smith
- Leonard Cohen/Christine Albert with Paul Glasse and special guest Jimmy LaFave
- John Hiatt & The Goners/Radney Foster with Mary Chapin Carpenter
Season 20 (1995)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Austin City Limits, a number 20 was added to the Austin City Limits logo. The opening credits have changed to a blue, black and blue gradient background, with the text "20 YEARS" appearing in various fonts and animations. A frame shows a behind-the-scenes style, such as the word "AUSTIN" sliding out, a shot of the Austin skyline as the Dolby Surround logo fades in, a shot of the buttons and the sound going up and down, a shot of the audience, a closeup of a hand playing a guitar, the Austin City Limits logo on the monitors, a hand adjusted the lighting, a hand playing the fiddle, man pointing at the audience, spotlights turning on, a shot of the audience as a number 20 passes by, the frame zooms in, and we see the Austin City Limits logo on the monitor. Finally, the Austin City Limits logo on the monitor fades into flat version, and the number 20 appears. The font for the artists' names and the credits were changed to Cooper Becker, and Cooper Black. The closing credits reverted back to black-and-white photographs of ACL crew members, as in Season 8 (1983). The KLRU logo moved from the start of each episode to the end of each episode. This is the first season to have the 1995-2000 KLRU logo, which remained in use until Season 25 (2000).
- Vince Gill/Junior Brown
- Nanci Griffith/Iris DeMent
- Bluegrass Special with Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley
- Alan Jackson
- The Neville Brothers/Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band
- The Mavericks/Robert Earl Keen
- Tejano Music Special with Flaco Jimenez, Rick Orozco, Joel Nava, and Freddy Fender
- Tammy Wynette/Rick Trevino
- Mark Chesnutt/Tracy Byrd
- Shawn Colvin/Bill Miller
- David Ball/Gary P. Nunn with Jim Henson's Muppets
- Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective
- Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Season 21 (1996)
As the 20th anniversary of the series had passed, the artists' names and the credits appear in Cooper Black font, Lickona's opening spiel reverted back to "It's Austin City Limits". The opening credits changed to the Austin City Limits logo appearing on the leaves of a tree, a shot of the University of Texas tower as the Dolby Surround logo appeared, a shot of the Texas state capital, the Alamo, a neon Texas flag, people dancing at Hondo's Saloon, longhorns running in the field, wildflowers, and the camera zooming in on the Austin City Limits sign when a truck passes by. The closing credits changed to footage from the Season 6 (1981) opening credits, such as a neon sky with a black ground, camera pans down to see a tree on a lake, camera pans to the right to see the Austin City Limits sign, and the camera zooming in on the Austin City Limits sign when a truck passes by. This is the last season to have the 1993-1996 PBS logo, it had been used since Season 18 (1993). In this season, Austin City Limits did a sagebrush symphony special, with Michael Martin Murphey, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Hank Thompson, Robert Mirabal, Herb Jeffries, and The Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Columbia/Legacy Records released The Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour, Austin City Limits did classic encores, such as Roy Orbison and Roger Miller from Season 8 (1983), and Marty Robbins from Season 5 (1980).
- Alison Krauss and Union Station/Merle Haggard
- John Prine & The Lost Dogs/Todd Snider
- Asleep at the Wheel's 25th Anniversary Celebration
- B.B. King
- Pam Tillis/A Guitar Pull with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Iris DeMent, and Freddie Powers
- Lee Roy Parnell/A.J. Croce
- The Allman Brothers Band
- Lisa Loeb/Jimmy LaFave
- Los Lobos/Joe Ely
- Faith Hill/Trisha Yearwood
- Gatemouth Brown/Keb' Mo'
Season 22 (1997)
The opening and closing credits for this season consisted of artists from the first 21 seasons of the show's run (1976-1996). In this season, the official Austin City Limits website was launched. For this season only, The Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour phone offer was shown. This is the first season to have the 1996-1998 PBS logo, which remained in use until Season 23 (1998).
- Songwriters Special with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Kimmie Rhodes, and Billy Joe Shaver
- A Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe
- A Tribute to Walter Hyatt with Lyle Lovett, David Ball, Champ Hood, Willis Alan Ramsey, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, David Halley, and Allison Moorer
- Best of Austin Country Showcase with Libbi Bosworth, Dale Watson, The Derailers, Wayne Hancock, Don Walser, and Mary Cutrufello
- Mary Chapin Carpenter/BR5-49
- Travis Tritt/Wade Hayes
- Eric Johnson/Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
- Son Volt/Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
- Robert Earl Keen/Jack Ingram
- Sheryl Crow
- Blues Night with Delbert McClinton and Miss Lavelle White
Season 23 (1998)
Beginning with this season, the Austin City Limits logo had a marble texture look. Prior to that season, Austin City Limits won the W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive award. The opening theme music was produced by John Mills, recorded at Bee Creek Studio. In this season, Austin City Limits did a big blues extravaganza special, as well as The Best of Chet Atkins. The opening credits have changed to the Austin skyline backdrop, with spotlights moving back and forth, and the Austin City Limits logo appeared. Then, we see various clips from the show, as music-related graphics are seen; different angles of the Austin skyline backdrop can be seen in the background. This was followed by the show's logo again, and the Dolby Surround logo slides across the screen in tandem, with the sequence then fading out. The closing credits changed to the same different angles of the Austin skyline backdrop, as in the opening. This is the last season to have the 1996-1998 PBS logo, which had been used since Season 22 (1997).
- Junior Brown/Robbie Fulks
- Patty Loveless/Collin Raye
- Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson
- The Manhattan Transfer with special guests Ricky Skaggs and Asleep at the Wheel
- The Indigo Girls with Vonda Shepard, Freedy Johnston, Mark Eitzel, and Kim Richey
- Loretta Lynn
- Nanci Griffith with The Crickets
- Hal Ketchum/Terry Allen
- Celebration of Townes Van Zandt with Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, John T. Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, Peter Rowan, and Jack Clement
- Boz Scaggs/8 1/2 Souvenirs
- Old 97's/Whiskeytown
- Clay Walker/Trace Adkins
- Buddy Guy/Storyville
Season 24 (1999)
Starting with this season, Austin City Limits adopted the tagline "Where Music Lives", and the opening credits feature a shot of the empty stage. This season also had new graphics, and the opening credits reverted back to the Austin City Limits sign on a congress bridge, as in Season 17 (1992). Similar to the closing credits for Season 1 (1976), the credits appear over a shot of the empty stage. This is the first season to have the 1998-2002 PBS logo. This is the last season where Bill Arhos is the executive producer, as he retired after the season ended; In 2015, Arhos died at the age of 80, and was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2014. This is the last season to have the 1976 recording of London Homesick Blues in the closing credits.
- Deana Carter with special guest Matraca Berg
- Dixie Chicks/Charlie Robison
- Ruth Brown/Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
- Billy Bragg sings Woody Guthrie/Lucinda Williams
- Vince Gill/Martina McBride
- Ray Price with Junior Brown/Hank Thompson with Junior Brown
- Jonny Lang/Jimmie Vaughan
- Mexican Roots Music: A Celebration with Los Lobos, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos, Rick Trevino, Joe Ely, Tish Hinojosa, and Campanas de America
- Fastball/Mary Cutrufello
- Dave Alvin/Loudon Wainwright III
- Bruce Hornsby/Monte Montgomery
- Hootie and the Blowfish with Nanci Griffith and Peter Holsapple
- Bobby Blue Bland/Susan Tedeschi
Season 25 (2000)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Austin City Limits, Lickona's opening spiel was changed to "Recorded live from Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits celebrates 25 years of American music"; the interview segments were introduced. Starting with this season, Austin City Limits introduced its opening theme music, which was arranged by Tequila Mockingbird. This remained in use until Season 29 (2003-2004). In this season, Austin City Limits did specials to celebrate the 25th anniversary, such as singers and songs, and women in song. In this season, the Austin City Limits Twenty-Five Years of American Music book phone offer was shown; this is the last season with the 1995-2000 KLRU logo.
- An Hour with Garth Brooks
- Robert Cray/Doyle Bramhall II
- Clint Black with special guests Lisa Hartman Black, Eric Johnson, and Ray Benson
- Willie Nelson with Leon Russell
- Marty Stuart with Pam Tillis and Earl Scruggs/Susan Ashton
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Texas Tornados with a Tribute To Doug Sahm
- Kenny Rogers
- The Mavericks/The Warren Brothers
- Wilco/Bela Fleck and Friends
- Songwriters Special with Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and Julie Miller
- Joe Ely/Indigenous
- Lyle Lovett: Step Inside This House with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Michael Martin Murphey, Vince Bell, and Steve Fromholz
- Trisha Yearwood/Alison Krauss and Union Station
- Garth Brooks II
Season 26 (2000-2001)
In this season, Lickona appeared on camera for the classic encores, such as Tom Waits, Fats Domino, Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Outtakes, and Leonard Cohen; prior to that season, we established the Friends of Austin City Limits. As the 25th anniversary had passed, Lickona's opening spiel reverted back to "Recorded live from Austin, Texas, it's Austin City Limits"; this season replays A Celebration of Townes Van Zandt from Season 23 (1998).
- John Hiatt/Kelly Willis
- Shelby Lynne/Toni Price
- Lee Ann Womack/Clay Davidson
- Brad Paisley/Eric Heatherly
- Joe Cocker
- Widespread Panic
- Merle Haggard/The Derailers
- Steve Earle/Kasey Chambers
- David Gray/Dar Williams
- Bruce Hornsby/Eric Johnson
- Dixie Chicks
- Double Trouble with Jimmie Vaughan, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Doyle Bramhall II, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Charlie Sexton, Lou Ann Barton, and Malford Milligan
- Dolly Parton/Nickel Creek
- Toby Keith/Allison Moorer
- Joan Osborne
- Shawn Colvin with Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, and Bruce Hornsby
- Keb' Mo'/Willis Alan Ramsey
- Patty Griffin/Bob Schneider
Season 27 (2001-2002)
This is the last season with the 1998-2002 PBS logo.
- Buena Vista Social Club
- Richard Thompson/Eliza Gilkyson
- Patty Loveless/Del McCoury Band
- Mary Chapin Carpenter/Nanci Griffith
- The String Cheese Incident
- Shemekia Copeland/Jimmie Vaughan
- Brooks & Dunn
- Brad Paisley/Sara Evans
- Robert Earl Keen/Charlie Robison
- Delbert McClinton/Asleep at the Wheel
- John Hammond/Blue Rodeo
- Natalie Merchant/Eric Taylor
Hall of FameEdit
Established as part of the 40th anniversary of Austin City Limits in 2014.
- Bill Arhos (2014)
- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (2014) Played at Austin City Limits in '83 and '89
- Darrell Royal (2014)
- Lloyd Maines (2014)
- Willie Nelson (2014)
- Asleep at the Wheel (2015) Played at ACL in '02.
- Townes Van Zandt (2015)
- Loretta Lynn (2015)
- ACL Season One Crew (2015)
- Guy Clark (2015)
- Flaco Jiménez (2015)
- Dickie Peterson (2016)
- B. B. King (2016)
- Bonnie Raitt (2016)
- Kris Kristofferson (2016)
- The Neville Brothers (2017)
- Roy Orbison (2017) Played at ACL in '82
- Rosanne Cash (2017)
- Marcia Ball (2018)
- Ray Charles (2018)
- Los Lobos (2018)
- Lyle Lovett (2019)
- Buddy Guy (2019)
- Shawn Colvin (2019)
- Lucinda Williams (2021)
- Alejandro Escovedo (2021)
- Wilco (2021)
For the first 36 seasons Austin City Limits was taped in Studio 6A with sets designed by Augie Kymmel and Robert Sertner. The sets included one which resembled a dark room, another featuring red and blue lights, a third with horse fences, as well as the most iconic set with the Austin skyline backdrop. The show moved to the Moody Theater in season 37 (2011–12).
In season 1, a soundcheck was run by producer Paul Bosner. From 1977 to 2004 (seasons 2–29), Austin City Limits used Gary P. Nunn's "London Homesick Blues" as the show's theme song. From 1982 to 1998 (seasons 7–23), the opening theme music was performed by John Mills. From 2000 to 2004 (seasons 25–29), the opening theme music was arranged by Tequila Mockingbird. From 2004 to 2007 (seasons 30–32), the opening theme music was composed by Austin musician Charlie Sexton. From 2011 to 2014 (seasons 37–39), the opening theme music was "An Introduction", written and performed by Explosions in the Sky. The opening sequence was created by Jonathan Jackson. For season 40, "Travis County Line" by Austin native Gary Clark Jr. became the theme. In season 41, a new theme music was introduced. For seasons 43–44, "History of Women" by The Black Angels became the theme. For season 45 and season 47, the opening theme music was "Hot Thoughts" by Spoon. For season 46, the opening theme music was "Colors" by Black Pumas.
- 1974: The pilot episode of Austin City Limits features Willie Nelson.
- 1976: Season 1 premieres. Consisting of 13 episodes.
- 1977: Starting in Season 2, Gary P. Nunn's "London Homesick Blues" became the show's theme song, and it remained in use until Season 29 (2003-2004).
- 1978: Season 3 premieres.
- 1979: Starting in Season 4, Terry Lickona takes over as producer, he's currently the executive producer.
- 1980: Season 5 premieres. Allan Muir takes over as director, while Scott Newton, Bill Celaya, and Dean Rabourn join the staff.
- 1981: Season 6 premieres. The first Austin City Limits special "Swingin' over the Rainbow" airs.
- 1982: Season 7 premieres. The Austin skyline backdrop was introduced. John Mills composed the opening theme.
- 1983: Starting in Season 8, Gary Menotti takes over as director.
- 1984: Season 9 premieres. PBS premieres "Country Memories".
- 1985: Austin City Limits celebrated its 10th anniversary.
- 1986: Season 11 premieres.
- 1987: Season 12 premieres. This is the last season to be produced by KLRN, the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council.
- 1988: Season 13 premieres. The show is now currently produced by KLRU-TV, The Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council.
- 1989: Season 14 premieres.
- 1990: Austin City Limits celebrated its 15th anniversary. The show is now presented in Dolby Surround.
- 1991: Season 16 premieres.
- 1992: Season 17 premieres.
- 1993: Season 18 premieres.
- 1994: Season 19 premieres.
- 1995: Austin City Limits celebrated its 20th anniversary.
- 1996: Season 21 premieres.
- 1997: Season 22 premieres.
- 1998: Season 23 premieres.
- 1999: Season 24 premieres.
- 2000: Austin City Limits celebrated its 25th anniversary. Season 26 premieres.
- 2001: Season 27 premieres.
- 2002: Season 28 premieres. The Austin City Limits Music Festival was created.
- 2003: Season 29 premieres. This is the last season to use the show's theme song "London Homesick Blues".
- 2004: Austin City Limits celebrated its 30th anniversary.
- 2005: Season 31 premieres.
- 2006: Season 32 premieres.
- 2007: Season 33 premieres.
- 2008: Season 34 premieres.
- 2009: Austin City Limits celebrated its 35th anniversary.
- 2010: Season 36 premieres. This is the last season to be taped in its original home at KLRU's Studio 6A.
- 2011: Season 37 premieres. The show moved to its current home at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater.
- 2012: Season 38 premieres.
- 2013: Season 39 premieres.
- 2014: Austin City Limits celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame was created.
- 2015: Season 41 premieres.
- 2016: Season 42 premieres.
- 2017: Season 43 premieres.
- 2018: Season 44 premieres. Austin City Limits Radio was launched.
- 2019: Season 45 premieres.
- 2020: Season 46 premieres.
- 2021: Season 47 premieres.
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