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‘Austin City Limits’ to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Prime-time Special

Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary
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The PBS TV show ‘Austin City Limits’ is honoring its 40th anniversary with an all-star prime-time special. ‘Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years’ will air on Friday, Oct. 3, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey will host the two-hour special, which will include performances by more than a dozen artists. Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark, Jr., will kick the night off with a performance of the Sam & Dave classic ‘Wrap It Up.’

Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris will perform ‘Crazy,’ written by Nelson, while Kris Kristofferson and Sheryl Crow will perform Kristofferson’s ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ The Foo Fighters will perform Texas cult hero Rocky Erickson’s ‘Two Headed Dog,’ which was recorded at the show’s original TV studio in honor of the occasion.

Bridges will perform the late Stephen Bruton’s tune, ‘What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,’ in honor of Bruton, who inspired Bridges’ Oscar-winning portrayal in and also composed music for the hit film ‘Crazy Heart.’

Other performers during the broadcast include Doyle Bramhall II, Double Trouble, Joe Ely, Mike Farris, Grupo Fantasma, Buddy Guy, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Robert Randolph and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

“This is a huge milestone for us,”  ’ACL’ executive producer Terry Lickona says. “This show captures the essence of what ‘Austin City Limits’ is all about. We set the bar high for this celebration, and we exceeded it! The lineup of talent speaks volumes about the respect that artists have for ‘ACL.’”

‘Austin City Limits’ has announced Eric Church will perform on the series this year, along with Los Lobos, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Valerie June and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. Church’s episode will air on Nov. 15.

See a complete set list below, and check local listings here.

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years Setlist:
Bonnie Raitt, Brittany Howard, Jimmie Vaughan & Gary Clark Jr. | ‘Wrap It Up’
Bonnie Raitt | ‘Your Good Thing (Is About to End)’
Kris Kristofferson & Sheryl Crow | ‘Me and Bobby McGee’
Alabama Shakes | ‘Gimme All Your Love’
Jeff Bridges | ‘What A Little Bit of Love Can Do’
Willie Nelson | ‘Whiskey River’
Willie Nelson & Lyle Lovett | ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’
Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris | ‘Crazy”
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris & Lyle Lovett | “On the Road Again’
Robert Earl Keen & Joe Ely | ‘The Road Goes On Forever’
Gary Clark Jr. | ‘Bright Lights’
Foo Fighters | ‘Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)’
Sheryl Crow | ‘Can’t Cry Anymore’
Doyle Bramhall & Sheryl Crow | ‘I’m Leaving’
Grupo Fantasma | ‘Mulato’
Jimmie Vaughan & Bonnie Raitt | ‘The Pleasure’s All Mine’
Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Mike Farris | ‘House Is Rockin”
Robert Randolph | ‘Pride and Joy’
Buddy Guy | ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’
All-Star Finale | ‘Texas Flood’
All-Star Finale | ‘Not Fade Away’

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