Americana Episode of “Austin City Limits” Hits Right Chord

The Civil Wars perform at The Americana Music Festival

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival hit the right chord with PBS viewers, reaching over two million households during its Nov. 19-21 airing, making it the third highest-rated episode of Austin City Limits this year.

It is currently the most viewed ACL episode on, see it here.

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the program featured an all-star band led by Buddy Miller and performances by Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, Justin Townes Earle, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Candi Staton, Lucinda Williams, Elizabeth Cook, The Civil Wars, Jessica Lea Mayfield, as well as Miller and Lauderdale. Sponsored by Nissan, the show was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 13, 2011 during the sold-out 10th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards show.

“We’re thrilled that the music we treasure is also loved and appreciated by the public,” said Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners than Nashville Public Television president and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere, and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience.”

Performance Rundown:
Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was / “I’ll Fly Away,” O’ Brother Tribute Performance
The Avett Brothers / “The Once And Future Carpenter”
Lucinda Williams / “Blessed”
Amos Lee / “Cup of Sorrow”
Elizabeth Cook / “El Camino”
The Civil Wars / “Barton Hollow”
Justin Townes Earle / “Harlem River Blues”
Jessica Lea Mayfield / “For Today”
Buddy Miller / “Gasoline And Matches”
Candi Staton / “Heart On A String”
Jim Lauderdale / “Life By Numbers”
Robert Plant / “Monkey”
Gregg Allman / “Melissa


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