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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★★★★ 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!).
★★★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.
★★★★ review by Stephen Wolterstorff on Letterboxd
40 years of musical public television.
This manages to be a history of the programme as well as a look behind the scenes of how the programme is currently made. It's more fun and light hearted stories than anything too indepth. Apart, perhaps, from the story about the need for closer restrooms to the stage. The archival footage is not comprehensive but any means, it couldn't be without being hours long, but well displays the scope of the guest artists.
Enjoyable history review.
★★★½ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd
I'm a child of a cosmic cowboy, and Austin City Limits has pretty much always been a part of my life - in short, I was ridiculously predisposed to adore this film. Tons of great concert footage and interviews. Also included: footage from the 2000 Wilco episode where 14-year-old Libby first developed her long-term and pretty ridiculous crush on Jeff Tweedy.
★★★½ review by Andrew Jupin on Letterboxd
One of those docs where I'm instantly depressed I wasn't hip to the subject so much sooner. Just great.
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