Austin City Limits episode avail for streaming until Nov 17th!



Episode Airs October 20, 2012, on PBS Stations

Austin, TX—October 16, 2012—Music legends Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples come together for the first time on Austin City Limits (ACL) in a powerful new episode airing Saturday, October 20, on PBS (check local listings for times).  The two incredible artists deliver passionate performances and represent a perfect pairing of blues, soul, rock and R&B. Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt returns for her third appearance on Austin City Limits, and legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples makes her ACL debut. 

The double-header episode features Raitt and Staples each performing separate sets, before teaming up on the ACL stage for an inspired rendition of Randy Newman's “Losing You.”  “Thanks for coming out to see our soul sisters extravaganza tonight,” hails Raitt as the singers join forces for a roof-raising performance of the folk/gospel anthem “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” bringing the audience at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin to its feet.  

ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona says, “What’s not to love about Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples?  Bonnie brings more of the same magic she did on her first appearance 30 years ago.  Mavis doesn’t have to prove anything, but she delivers the performance of a lifetime, and together they rank as one of ACL’s best shows.”

“This is worth 40 years on that tour bus, just to feel like this,” says a triumphant Bonnie Raitt from the ACL stage.  A true original, Raitt performs tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2012 release Slipstream and a few classics from her remarkable career.  With Slipstream, Raitt launched her own record label, Redwing Records, and the chart-topping release marks her return to studio recording after a seven year absence.

Called “one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers” by Time Magazine, Mavis Staples won the first Grammy of her storied career in 2011 for Best Americana Album for her Anti- Records release, You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.  Her debut appearance on ACL finds the iconic singer at her most powerful, performing soulful renditions of tracks from the universally-acclaimed Grammy-winning release and The Staples Singers.


About Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits (ACL) is a television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2012, ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark.  In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and Dell.  Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.  Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at