THE PLOT THUS FAR
Celebrate the music series anniversary with some of the brightest stars in the show s history
The landmark public television series Austin City Limits has presented the best in contemporary and classic music for four decades. ACL observed its birthday in 2014 with Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, a special featuring great performances by Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Foo Fighters, Jimmie Vaughan, Alabama Shakes and more. Hosted by Oscar-winning actor/musician Jeff Bridges and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years honors not only ACL but also the power of music to entertain, inspire, and move millions every Saturday night.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Austin City Limits: Celebrates 40 Years” is a celebration of the kind of music that I love. Classic American rock and country that enjoys hard rooted tunes and rejects over produced bullshit. Alabama Shakes, Foot Fighters, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris kill their sets. But, the real joy is watching Jeff Bridges headline the show and fill with glee as he interacts with the musicians. The joy is real, people.
PBS never gets enough credit with the indie crowd for embracing real Art. But, if it wasn’t for Public Television, many of the people in outlying areas wouldn’t know that something better exists. There’s an entire country between the two coasts that is alive and thriving with sounds and images that you couldn’t imagine being trapped in a major metropolis. Austin City Limits has embraced that for the last four decades and it took to a level that wasn’t made cool until Faux Hipster Douchebags at Pitchfork decided to give it a numerical score. Keep it real with PBS and ACL, children.
The DVD comes with 45 minutes of bonus footage as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for the release. The transfer is on par with the last couple of PBS documentaries. The same goes for the Dolby 2.0 surround track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014