1. Behind the Scenes: Beck

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    See Beck perform "E-Pro" with some behind-the-scenes footage, and find out how he ends up flat on his back in the center of the ACL stage. Surfacing just as alternative rock went mainstream, Beck’s relentless creative tide has pushed his music into innovative and critically-acclaimed direcitons. For this episode, Beck makes his second appearance on Austin City Limits in support of his release Morning Phase. http://acltv.com/artist/beck/ Watch the episode on October 4, 2014 on your local PBS station. To find out when ACL is on in your area, visit: acltv.com/watch/tv-schedule/ to check your local listings.

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    • Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Willie Nelson

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      It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Willie Nelson was not an American icon. In the early ‘70s, Nelson was best-known for writing hits for other people. The Abbott, Texas native had a successful career as a Nashville songwriter (“Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Night Life,” etc.) but had not yet achieved recognition under his own name. In 1974 all that would change. With the release of 1973’s Shotgun Willie and 1974’s Phases and Stages, two imaginative and successful LPs, the stage was set for his career to take off. Then on October 17, 1974, Willie and his Family band entered Studio 6A to record the pilot for Austin City Limits. Broadcast as part of the national pledge drive in March 1975, the show was one of the top programs on PBS that year, securing a future for ACL as a series. Willie has appeared on the show 16 times, with six headlining slots (most recently in 2009), seven songwriters specials and three guest appearances with Johnny Rodriguez, Roger Miller and Asleep at the Wheel. Not only is he the artist who launched Austin City Limits, he’s also one of our most frequent - and favorite - guests. For more, visit: http://www.acltv.com/hall-of-fame/

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      • Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

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        When Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble first appeared on Austin City Limits in 1983, they were just hitting the national spotlight. After years working the Texas blues circuit, Stevie, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton scored a slot at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982. While their appearance in Montreux wasn’t as well received as they would have liked it did raise their profile among fellow musicians. Shortly after Jackson Browne donated his studio to SRV and Double Trouble to record their debut album. And while recording that album, David Bowie, invited Stevie to play on his album Let’s Dance. The band made its ACL debut with the release of Texas Flood, showcasing Stevie’s fiery guitar playing. They returned to ACL in 1989, on the heels of In Step, the strongest record of their career. The stunning performance by Double Trouble, which at this point included keyboardist Reese Wynans, and Stevie further enshrined their work in ACL’s hallowed history. Following Stevie’s untimely death, ACL created two special episodes from the band’s performances. The first featured all the songs originally included in their episodes and the second featured outtakes that had never before been televised. These two shows are among the most beloved episodes in our history. In 2001, Double Trouble returned to our stage joined by friends Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson and more. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble helped solidify Austin City Limits as the place to discover masterful musicians at their best. For more, visit: http://www.acltv.com/hall-of-fame/

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        • Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Coach Darrell Royal

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          Darrell Royal may be best known as the most successful football coach in University of Texas at Austin history, but he was also instrumental in moving Austin City Limits onto the national stage. During his 20-year tenure, from 1957-1976, his team won three national championships, eight conference titles and never had a losing season. In the ‘70s, Royal was as well known for his love of country music as he was for his football accomplishments. He was close friends with many country music stars and once described himself as “Austin’s biggest groupie.” It was Royal who persuaded his pal Merle Haggard to appear on Austin City Limits, opening the door for the biggest names in music to be part of the show’s history. Royal also saved the day in Season 6 when George Jones nearly missed his ACL debut due to an attack of stage fright. Royal talked him off his tour bus and onto the stage. But Royal’s most lasting ACL legacy may be the Songwriters Specials. As a friend to Nashville’s greatest writers, Royal regularly hosted “guitar pulls” that featured both veteran and up-and-coming songsmiths trading tunes into the night. In 1980, Royal’s pickin’ parties spilled over onto the ACL stage for the first of many episodes devoted to the art of the song - a tradition that became an ACL trademark. Royal’s legacy with the show lives on with each new Songwriters Special we create. For more, visit: http://www.acltv.com/hall-of-fame/

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          • Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Bill Arhos

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            If there’s a single person to which the phrase “without whom” could be applied, it’s Bill Arhos. A proud graduate of Rice University, Arhos started at the Austin public television station in the early ‘60s. Through the years he served as a cameraman, producer, and program director, completing his career as general manager from 1986 to 2000. It was during his tenure as program director that Austin City Limits was born. In 1974, Arhos noticed the already-busy Austin music scene, and together with producer Paul Bosner and director Bruce Scafe came up with the idea to create a television program to showcase it. More importantly, he successfully pitched the ACL concept to skeptical station management and, once the pilot aired as a solid success during PBS’ 1975 pledge drive, established it as a national series. Outside ACL, Arhos executive-produced 15 music-themed PBS pledge specials, as well as co-created the commercial program The Texas Connection, which aired on The Nashville Network for four years. Arhos also served on the PBS Board of Directors from 1989 to 1995 and on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association from 1992 to 1994. Arhos served as ACL’s executive producer in the beginning and from 1982 to 1999, holding that position longer than anyone in the show’s history. As executive producer, Arhos kept the show going no matter what difficulties it faced. No matter the challenge, ACL always had Bill Arhos in its corner, and that goes a long way to explain why the show is now the longest running music program in television history. For more, visit: http://www.acltv.com/hall-of-fame/

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            • Stevie Ray Vaughan on Austin City Limits "Crossfire" (1989)

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              • Austin City Limits Pilot Episode: Willie Nelson "Whiskey River" (1974)

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                • Austin City Limits Pilot Episode: Willie Nelson "Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer" (1974)

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                  • Stevie Ray Vaughan on Austin City Limits "Texas Flood" (1983)

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                    • Austin City Limits Web Exclusive: Nine Inch Nails "Satellite"

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                      Exclusive web-only bonus track not included in television broadcast. Watch Austin City Limits on PBS. To find out when ACL is on in your area, visit: acltv.com/watch/tv-schedule/ to check your local listings.

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