Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour

Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour


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From its inception in the mid-'70s until the late '90s, Austin City Limits was the premier country music television show in America. What distinguished the show from its competition was its emphasis on performance -- each show spotlights one or two artists, plus various guest artists who are allowed to play whatever they want. The result was a series of freewheeling, eclectic, and passionate music shows unlike any other. The Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour collects 16 highlights from the show's long, illustrious history and, as expected, some of the biggest name in country music are involved. From Merle Haggard ("Silver Wings," 1978) and George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today," 1985) to Asleep at the Wheel ("Boogie Back to Texas," 1987) and Alison Krauss ("Baby, Now That I've Found You," 1995), the album has a wide selection of first-rate artists and stellar performances that hint at the rich legacy of the show. In fact, if there's anything wrong with the disc, is the fact that it feels incomplete, even though it includes such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, k.d. lang, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dwight Yoakam, the Mavericks, the Judds, Charlie Daniels, and Patty Loveless. There's no fault with any of these selections, indeed, but after the disc is finished, you're waiting for the sequel.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646500729
catalogNumber: 65007

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Papa Charlie Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Asleep at the Wheel   Track Performer
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Waylon Jennings   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
George Jones   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Judds   Track Performer
Patty Loveless   Vocals,Track Performer
Mavericks   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Tammy Wynette   Vocals,Track Performer
Trisha Yearwood   Vocals,Track Performer
Dwight Yoakam   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Sue Richards   Vocals
Paul Anastasio   Fiddle
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Don Potter   Guitar,Vocals
Link Davis   Alto Saxophone
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Biff Adam   Drums
Eddie Anderson   Drums
Pete Anderson   Guitar
Barry Bales   Bass,Vocals
Ray Benson   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Block   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Bowden   Bass
Jerry Bridges   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Briggs   Tenor Saxophone
J.T. Brown   Bass,Vocals
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Carroll   Piano
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Crain   Guitar
Michael Creber   Keyboards
David Dawson   Bass
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio   Keyboards
Paul Deakin   Drums
Mike Douchette   Steel Guitar
Fred Edwards   Drums
Doug Elliott   Bass
John Ely   Steel Guitar
Paul English   Drums
J.D. Foster   Bass,Vocals
Michael Francis   Saxophone
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Vocals
Ron Gaddis   Bass,Vocals
Norm Hamlet   Steel Guitar
Tim Hensley   Acoustic Guitar
John Hobbs   Keyboards
John Jennings   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Johnson   Guitar
Naomi Judd   Vocals
Wynonna Judd   Guitar,Vocals
k.d. lang   Vocals,Track Performer
Robbie Magruder   Drums
Raul Malo   Guitar,Vocals
Don Markham   Saxophone
Gordie Matthews   Guitar
Jerry Dale McFadden   Keyboards,Vocals
Ben Mink   Fiddle
Ralph Mooney   Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols   Guitar
Bonnie Owens   Vocals
Jody Payne   Guitar,Vocals
Michel Pouliot   Drums
Kip Raines   Drums
Carmella Ramsey   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Reno   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Robert Reynolds   Bass,Vocals
David Sanger   Drums
Bee Spears   Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Kenny Vaughan   Guitar
Barry Walsh   Piano,Vocals
Charlie Whitten   Steel Guitar
Mark Yeary   Piano
Murrel Counts   Fiddle
Jeff Donavan   Drums
Rex Ludwig   Drums
Milton Smith   Keyboards
Bobbie Nelson   Piano
Jon Carroll   Keyboards,Vocals
Charlie Hayward   Bass
Nick Kane   Guitar
Ken Janson   Drums
Jay Byrd   Trumpet
Jeff Hale   Drums
Wayne Durham   Bass
Jennifer Eddy   Vocals
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Kent Goodson   Keyboards
Brantley Keams   Guitar
Becky Priest   Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Sloas   Guitar
Ric McClure   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Cindy Wheeler   Vocals
Clyde Phillips   Guitar
Mark Dunn   Drums
Johnny Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Jay Hager   Bass,Vocals
Rick Murrell   Bass
Tim Alexander   Piano,Vocals
Kevin Hogan   Bass
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Feldman   Director
David Hough   Engineer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Gary P. Nunn   Contributor,Theme Music
Charlie Vaughan   Director,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jonny Mendelsson   Cover Design
Bruce Scafe   Director
Don Schlitz   Composer
Bill Arhos   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Billy Lee Myers   Engineer
Henry M. Devito   Composer

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