A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

Directed by Keith Maitland

From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story offers the ultimate backstage pass to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music show in television history.


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  • ★★★½ review by lukemcd on Letterboxd

    This doc is a bit unfocused but I love ACL so much it gets a thumbs up in my boat.

  • ★★★★ review by Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd

    Got really emotional watching the footage in this of Lyle Lovett's final studio 6A performance. I covered that evening for Austinist & still feel so honored that I was in that room for the taping. I had only lived in Austin for a little more than a year at that point, but had watched the show for years and so I knew how special it was to be present at the moment.

    Fortunate to have attended many more since including a taping where Rosanne Cash snuck my request of "Burn Down This Town" into her setlist thanks to my friend Leslie Nichols, a producer of the show, who passed along my Twitter suggestion. It didn't make it to the final broadcast, but I about fell over in the studio when she started to play it at the taping.

    We've been lucky to attend many of the contemporary tapings featured in this documentary and it's a blast to see footage of some of the classic shows (like Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and more!).

  • ★★★★ review by julesotis13 on Letterboxd

    in random julesy movie rec...this history of the legendary PBS music TV show is very worthwhile...more than just congratulatory history of the venerable show, its a strong mix of music, talking heads and fans and information spanning the 40 years of this fantastic series from PBS

    def recommend...enjoy

  • ★★★★ review by Bobbi Green on Letterboxd

    Came for the music, stayed for the story.

    Love ACL and have to thank them for introducing a small-town Missouri girl to some amazing music.

    This was a really great documentary.

  • ★★★½ review by Andrew Shearer on Letterboxd

    Fun and engaging history of the long-running PBS concert series as told by producer Terry Lickona and several crew members and artists through the years. I loved all the behind the scenes stories and footage, and the commentary from musicians was awesome even if I didn’t quite know of them. Willie Nelson fans absolutely must check this one out.

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