A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story

Director Keith Maitland
United States / 89 min. / 2016 / English


A panegyric to the excellent musical public TV show, and an ode to Austin, capital of live music. 40 years of unstoppable luster, the birth of country and “indie” twist included. Impressive parade of pieces and faces: Ray Charles, Townes Van Zandt and Stevie Ray Vaughan but also Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Jenny Lewis.

 

Austin is the capital of live music. No other corner of the globe packs out concert halls like it. Its extraordinary public TV show Austin City Limits today celebrates its 40th birthday (a world record for continuous broadcast), and what better way to put the wind up its sails than with this frank filmic panegyric. A Song For You encapsulates four decades of history, Nashville roots and “indie” twist included.  And it goes the whole hog: Willie Nelson slow dances with another musician; a rat chews up the cables and leaves Kris Kristofferson in the dark in 1981; Ray Charles’ musicians’ walk out after a being bawled out by the boss – who is, of course, blind – and doesn’t realize; Lightnin’ Hopkins lays down his conditions (“payment up front and a bottle of Jack”); Stevie Ray Vaughan makes two appearances (one when he’s half in the bag; the other sober; outstanding in both). There’s also Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, John Prine and Bonnie Raitt (among the veterans). Jenny Lewis, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and Wilco (among the “new” faces). Glorifying, reliving and (of course) playing.

Austin is the capital of live music. No other corner of the globe packs out concert halls like it. Its extraordinary public TV show Austin City Limits today celebrates its 40th birthday (a world record for continuous broadcast), and what better way to put the wind up its sails than with this frank filmic panegyric. A Song For You encapsulates four decades of history, Nashville roots and “indie” twist included.  And it goes the whole hog: Willie Nelson slow dances with another musician; a rat chews up the cables and leaves Kris Kristofferson in the dark in 1981; Ray Charles’ musicians’ walk out after a being bawled out by the boss – who is, of course, blind – and doesn’t realize; Lightnin’ Hopkins lays down his conditions (“payment up front and a bottle of Jack”); Stevie Ray Vaughan makes two appearances (one when he’s half in the bag; the other sober; outstanding in both). There’s also Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, John Prine and Bonnie Raitt (among the veterans). Jenny Lewis, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and Wilco (among the “new” faces). Glorifying, reliving and (of course) playing.

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story | Accepted Film 2016 | SXSW

Packed wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, with performances from Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes, and Radiohead, A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY is music to the ears of fans everywhere.

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SXSW 2016, CIMMFEST 2016

Leadings
Jay Malecki

Editor(s)
Austin Reedy

Camera
Sarah Wilson

Producer
Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson, Susan Thomson, Hillary Pierce

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