We all know everything is bigger and better in Texas, right? Think food, football and our state fair. Also on the list is being home to the live music capital of the world — Austin. KAMU is home of the longtime PBS series “Austin City Limits,” which continues its 49th season this spring.
ACL is beloved for celebrating the variety and richness of live music and is renowned for hosting memorable performances by the famous and not-yet-famous.
Whether you’re a music lover, a musician, or simply want to experience a great concert in your own home, tune-in to KAMU for the 49th season of “Austin City Limits.”
Upcoming Episodes of Season 49
Tanya Tucker | Brittney Spencer
Feb. 3 at 10 p.m.
Almost forty years after her last appearance on the ACL stage, “Delta Dawn” country icon Tanya Tucker makes her return. Known throughout country music for her glitzy, glamorous sound, this Grammy award-winning artist takes the stage to celebrate her most recent album, “Sweet Western Sound,” which recently helped earn the Texas-native a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Oct. 2023.
The second half of the episode features performances from singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer. This rising star makes her ACL debut showcasing tracks from her upcoming album, “My Stupid Life,” and more.
Noah Kahan | Flor de Toloache
Feb. 10 at 10 p.m.
Worldwide sensation, Noah Kahan, shares the stage with the revolutionary all-female mariachi band, Flor de Toloache, in this episode.
Kahan recently took the world by storm with his 2022 album, “Stick Season,” which continues to dominate the charts. To add more to the rise of this new artist, the Vermont singer-songwriter recently received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2024 Grammys.
The New York-based girl power band, Flor de Toloache, jams out for the second half of the episode. This act went from performing in New York subway stations to becoming one of the most recognizable vocal groups of the Latin Pop genre. Flor de Toloache will perform some of their most celebrated works, including tracks from their album, Motherflower, which received a 2024 Grammy nomination for Best Regional Mexican Music Album.
Feb. 17 at 10 p.m.
Seven-time Grammy award winner Alanis Morissette gives a rock ‘n’ roll performance for her ACL debut. The Canadian singer-songwriter is known for her alt-rock grunge sound with hits like “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know.” Her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” earned her numerous awards, including a steady spot in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list from 2003-2020. Tune in as this icon gives an hour–long performance of her incredible music, both new and old.
Feb. 24 at 10 p.m.
This celebrated folk-country artist returns to ACL for a full hour of soulful performances. Since first taking the ACL stage in 1984, Bonnie Raitt has become one of the most award winning female country artists of her generation. Although she is most known for her hit songs “Something to Talk About” and “Love Sneakin’ Up On You,” her most recent album, “Just Like That,” earned her 3 Grammy awards in 2022.
Austin City Limits 9th Annual Hall of Fame Honors Trisha Yearwood
March 2 at 10 p.m.
To celebrate her career and dedication to country music, ACL invites some of the genre’s most powerful voices for Trisha Yearwood’s Hall of Fame induction. Yearwood rose to stardom early in her career with her hit single “She’s in Love with the Boy” in 1991. Soon after, she continued to dominate the country music charts with albums like “Jasper County” and “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love.” In this special episode, watch as she is joined on-stage by Don Henley, Brandy Clark, Jo Dee Messina, Brothers Osborne and more to celebrate her multiple ACL appearances and incredible singer-songwriter career.
Previous Episodes From Season 49
Austin City Limits 9th Annual Fall of Fame Honors John Prine
An Austin City Limits legend is honored in this special Hall of Fame induction episode. Known for his unique songwriting and revolutionary sound, John Prine is considered one of the most impactful voices of the country-folk genre. To celebrate his ACL legacy and contributions to the music industry, host Ethan Hawke welcomes many voices to the stage, including Tommy Prine, Tyler Childers, Kurt Vile, Nathaniel Rateliff, Allison Russell and more.
Robert Glasper | DOMi and JD BECK
Austin City Limits presents an episode full of Texas acts who have revolutionized the modern jazz scene. R&B and jazz icon Robert Glasper starts the episode. Glasper first rose to the top of the charts with his debut album “Black Radio” in 2012, which would go on to receive a Grammy award for Best R&B Album later that year. See Glasper’s genre-bending sound come to life as he’s joined by singers Emily King, Yebba and D Smoke.
Popular duo DOMi and JD BECK finish the episode. Domi Louna, keyboardist, and JD Beck, drummer, began writing music together in 2018. The duo released their debut album, “Not Tight,” in 2022, which earned them nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 2022 Grammys. Since then, they have collaborated with artists such as Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars and Thundercat.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
In this star-studded episode, two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performers share their ACL debuts. First starting out as a singer-songwriter duo, the now husband and wife band of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are known for their contributions to the rock ‘n’ roll genre both individually and as a pair. With Giraldo’s passionate writing and Benatar’s powerful voice, together they created songs that would take over ‘80s hit radio. You may recognize some of their biggest hits, such as “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” or “We Belong.” In this special episode, watch as this musical love story comes to life on the ACL stage.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela featuring The Austin Symphony Orchestra
“Austin City Limits” starts off Season 49 with something they’ve never done before. The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs alongside Grammy-winning guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, which will mark the first time an ACL artist and the world-renowned orchestra perform together. The Mexico City natives will be joined by an ensemble of more than 30 musicians, creating the perfect fusion among each of their distinct sounds. Together, they will deliver a one-of-a-kind performance that showcases the beauty of music.
Jenny Lewis | MUNA
Jenny Lewis returns for the first time in nearly a decade, making her third appearance on the iconic ACL stage with highlights from her latest album, “Joy’All,” her fourth solo album and fifth overall. Jenny will no doubt enchant the audience with her country-rock style. Sharing the hour is the breakout indie-pop band, MUNA. They are set to make their thrilling debut on the ACL stage, promising an electrifying performance that will introduce their unique sound and style to a wider audience. It’s a night that combines Jenny’s whimsical artistry with MUNA’s fresh and vibrant energy, making it a must-watch episode.
Lil Yachty | Sudan Archives
“Austin City Limits” spotlights a pair of innovators who are making their ACL debuts — Lil Yachty and Sudan Archives. Rap sensation Lil Yachty showcases his genre-bending album “Let’s Start Here,” a bold artistic endeavor that blends rap, pop and experimental elements. Lil Yachty is joined by Sudan Archives, a self-taught avant-garde violinist and singer-songwriter. Sudan Archives performs songs from her album “Natural Brown Prom Queen,” which is a work of art that seamlessly melds elements of R&B, pop and electronic music. Together, these two artists are set to deliver a remarkable performance.
Margo Price | Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Two American originals are brilliantly paired in this exceptional hour to produce a stunning musical experience that highlights the vast blend of American music. Margo Price makes her return for her second headlining appearance on the ACL stage. This time, she brings with her the heart and soul of her latest album, “Strays,” which serves as the centerpiece of her performance. Margo shares her deeply personal and thought-provoking storytelling through songs that resonate with all audiences. Sharing the spotlight is the next-generation bluegrass group, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway. This marks their first ACL appearance and they dazzle the audience with gems from their 2023 Grammy-winning Best Bluegrass Album, “Crooked Tree.” Together, Margo Price & Molly Tuttle represent the very essence of American music.
Jorge Drexler’s arrival on the ACL stage is nothing short of a musical event that promises to leave an unforgettable mark. A global music powerhouse of the Latin music scene, who made history by sweeping the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards with a record seven awards, makes his first appearance on the ACL stage. He takes the audience on an unforgettable journey through a number of irresistible Spanish-language songs selected from his landmark album, “Tinta y Tiempo.” As the melodies flow and the lyrics unfold, audience members are invited to immerse themselves in the rich culture that is Latin music.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
The celebrated singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner, Jason Isbell, along with his exceptionally talented band, The 400 Unit, make a return to the Austin City Limits stage. This marks their third headlining appearance. A decade has passed since their initial debut in Season 39, and in this highly-anticipated hour they treat fans to a musical journey that spans their remarkable career. With a repertoire that seamlessly weaves together fan-favorites from their previous appearances and new gems from the recent release, “Weathervanes,” Isbell and The 400 Unit create music that resonates and unfolds raw emotions and heartfelt storytelling.
A season’s standout moment awaits as the legendary Foo Fighters make their triumphant return for their third appearance on the ACL stage. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers had previously rocked the ACL stage twice, delivering unforgettable performances in 2009 (in ACL’s original Studio 6A) and again in 2015. In 2021, ACL celebrated the rock superstars’ 25th anniversary with an hour-long special that quickly became one of the most requested episodes in the ACL archives. It featured beloved classics from both of their previous appearances. Now, with great excitement, ACL is thrilled to welcome back this iconic band for an epic new hour on the ACL stage. Their return promises an electrifying performance that will undoubtedly go down in ACL history as another unforgettable moment.
Previous episodes from Season 49 are available to stream online or on KAMU Passport.