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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

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Ten Years After: August 1995

What do you know, it's the last day of the month and time for another edition of Ten Years After, featuring a playlist made from this month's CMJ New Music Monthly...ten years ago. Shall we?

Can't say that I had as strong as a connection to these songs as last month's set, but you'll surely recognize these names.

Listen to CMJ, August 1995

* "Open Up" - Leftfield
* "Ms. Wrong" - That Dog
* "Waydown" - Catherine Wheel
* "Ride Like Hell" - Big Sugar
* "Not A Pretty Girl" - Ani DiFranco
* "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" - Dr. Dre
* "Hell Of A Hat" - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
* "Vinnie" - Screaming Headless Torsos

Is Catherine Wheel still making music? I hear rumblings about them sometimes but haven't really looked for or heard anything in a long time.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Sunday News

Here are the latest additions to the playlist of The Sunday News for August 28, 2005. Features tracks from A Wilhelm Scream and From Autumn to Ashes.

Listen to The Sunday News, 8/28/05

* "Twin Cinema" - New Pornographers
* "Me Vs. Morrissey In The Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)" - A Wilhelm Scream
* "Inapprope" - From Autumn To Ashes
* "Move" - Thousand Foot Krutch
* "Crash and Burn (feat. Rakaa) (Explicit Album Version)" - Transplants