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Friday, September 02, 2005

Austin City Limits: 1986-1990

Austin City Limits: 1986-1990


Just in time for the release of the Rhino Records Austin City Limits Music Festival DVD Set, let's take a look at the performances from ACL in the late 1980s. Besides the 'typical' ACL acts you might expect to see, the addition of musicians such as Leo Kottke, k.d. lang and Loudon Wainwright III expanded the horizons of the growing audience.

The first all-female Songwriters Special was a highlight of the 1986 season. Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash and Gail Davies recorded a session that became one of the most popular ever aired.

Fats Domino (recently in the news after his rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans) appeared on the program for the first time in 1987. Also making first-time appearances that same year were Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Kathy Mattea and Johnny Cash with the Carter Family.

Season 13, starting in 1988, featured a mix of musicians old and new. Reba McEntire made her ACL debut, and k.d. lang appeared to promote her album Angel With A Lariat. Coming back to the enthusiastic audiences were George Strait, Dwight Yoakam and Nanci Griffith.

Further stretching the boundaries of traditional bluegrass, country and western performers, in 1989 Leonard Cohen taped his first appearance. The one-hour program becomes the most frequently requested Austin City Limits ever.

As the 90s came around, the series premieres of future superstars Mary Chapin Carpenter and Garth Brooks aired. Also in 1990, Michelle Shocked, Lucinda Williams and James McMurtry brought their unique styles to the program. Sadly, 1990 also marked the final appearance of Stevie Ray Vaughan to the ACL stage.

Previously: Austin City Limits: 1981-1985
Previously: Austin City Limits: 1975-1980

Coming up: Austin City Limits: 1991-1995

3 Comments:

  • At Fri Sep 02, 03:19:00 PM EDT, Blogger Amanda said…

    * "Uncle Pen" - Bill Monroe
    * "I Wonder How The Old Folks Are Tonight" - Mac Wiseman & The Osborne Brothers
    * "Nine Pound Hammer" - Ralph Stanley
    * "Freight Train" - Jim and Jesse
    * "Drowning In Memories" - Tracy Nelson
    * "Miles And Miles Of Texas" - Asleep at the Wheel
    * "Eugene" - Marcia Ball
    * "The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" - Emmylou Harris
    * "Seven Year Ache" - Rosanne Cash
    * "Everybody Makes Mistakes" - Lacy J. Dalton
    * "Ring Of Fire" - Dwight Yoakam
    * "Lefty's Gone" - George Strait
    * "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)" - Mel McDaniel
    * "Mr. Spaceman" - The Byrds
    * "Wake Up" - The Neville Brothers
    * "A Friend In California" - Merle Haggard
    * "Delta Dawn" - Tanya Tucker
    * "I've Been Around Enough To Know" - John Schneider
    * "Thing About You" - Southern Pacific
    * "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do Me Right)" - Vern Gosdin
    * "No Show Jones" - George Jones
    * "Lasso The Moon" - Gary Morris
    * "Busy Bee Cafe" - Marty Stuart
    * "Nellie Kane" - Hot Rize
    * "Cowboy Jubilee" - Riders In The Sky
    * "She's No Lady" - Lyle Lovett
    * "Wrap It Up" - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    * "Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty" - Omar & The Howlers
    * "Chere Duloone" - Queen Ida
    * "The Ballad Of Barbara" - Johnny Cash
    * "Where Did We Go Right (with June Carter And Carter Family)" - Johnny Cash
    * "Train Of Memories" - Kathy Mattea
    * "Diggin' Up Bones" - Randy Travis
    * "A Song For You" - Leon Russell
    * "Hillbilly Highway" - Steve Earle
    * "Break It To Me Gently" - Brenda Lee
    * "Some Fools Never Learn" - Steve Wariner
    * "That Rock Won't Roll" - Restless Heart
    * "Any Day Now" - Ronnie Milsap
    * "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" - Fats Domino
    * "Americana" - Moe Bandy
    * "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without" - Gene Watson
    * "Love Someone Like Me" - New Grass Revival
    * "Fishin' In The Dark" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    * "Cajun Moon - (live)" - Ricky Skaggs
    * "Little Maggie" - Darden Smith
    * "Somebody Lied" - Ricky Van Shelton
    * "Airproofing" - Leo Kottke
    * "My Buddy" - Jerry Jeff Walker
    * "Mr. Guilty (live)" - Loudon Wainwright III
    * "Texas In 1880" - Foster & Lloyd
    * "High Time For A Detour" - K.D. Lang
    * "Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian" - John Prine
    * "Boogie Back To Texas" - Asleep at the Wheel
    * "Daddy's Hands" - Holly Dunn
    * "All The Gold In California" - Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers
    * "The Last One To Know" - Reba McEntire
    * "Bluegrass Blues" - The O'Kanes
    * "Bigger Man Than Me" - George Strait
    * "Highway 17" - Rodney Crowell
    * "80's Ladies" - K.T. Oslin
    * "Texas" - Charlie Daniels
    * "Fundance" - Stanley Jordan
    * "Listen To The Radio" - Nanci Griffith
    * "Coat Of Many Colors" - Emmylou Harris
    * "Oh Boy!" - The Crickets
    * "B-Movie Boxcar Blues" - Delbert McClinton
    * "The Lonely Side Of Love" - Patty Loveless
    * "Home Of The Blues" - Dwight Yoakam
    * "Crying Time" - Buck Owens
    * "The Front Porch Song" - Robert Earl Keen
    * "Heartbreak Train" - Rosie Flores
    * "Ramblin' Man" - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
    * "Joan Of Arc" - Leonard Cohen
    * "Cliffs Of Dover" - Eric Johnson
    * "Las Amarillas" - Los Lobos
    * "Have A Little Faith In Me" - John Hiatt
    * "Birmingham Turnaround" - Keith Whitley
    * "Out Of Your Shoes" - Lorrie Morgan
    * "Precious Thing" - Steve Wariner
    * "Too Long In The Wasteland" - James McMurtry
    * "Two Dozen Roses" - Shenandoah
    * "Passionate Kisses" - Lucinda Williams
    * "Doctor Good Doctor" - Guy Clark
    * "Nobody Knows Me" - Lyle Lovett
    * "Bayou Jubilee - NGDB" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    * "Leave My Girl Alone (Live)" - Stevie Ray Vaughan
    * "I've Always Been Crazy" - Waylon Jennings
    * "When The Sun Goes Down" - Marty Stuart
    * "Life As We Knew It" - Kathy Mattea
    * "In The Night" - Tish Hinojosa
    * "Something Of A Dreamer" - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    * "Mobile" - Marcia Ball
    * "Cajun Groove (Scott Playboy Special)" - Beausoleil
    * "He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones
    * "Blue Suede Shoes" - Carl Perkins

     
  • At Sat Sep 03, 11:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger Scott said…

    I really appreciate you putting my blog under your MP3 blogs! thank you and i am glad you enjoy it!

     
  • At Wed Sep 14, 07:51:00 PM EDT, Blogger Robert 0f The Radish said…

    Did ya get the DVDs?

     

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