Austin City Limits Hosts a special Solo Performance With Master Songwriter Randy Newman

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Austin City Limits Hosts A Special Solo Performance With Master Songwriter Randy Newman
New Episode to Air Nov. 12th, 2011, on PBS Stations (Check Local Listings)

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 8, 2011-- Austin City Limits (ACL), the longest-running live music television series in history, presents an episode dedicated exclusively to the extraordinary work of songwriter and film composer Randy Newman, Saturday, Nov. 12, on PBS stations nationwide.

With a career that spans over 40 years, six Grammys, three Emmys and two Academy Awards–including a recent Oscar for the song "We Belong Together" from this year's “Toy Story 3” -- Randy Newman is a national treasure in the flesh. His 12 studio albums have spawned numerous hits, among them "Short People", "Political Science" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" -- all three of which made it into his ACL set list on this magical night.

"It's been my goal for over 30 years to have Randy Newman on Austin City Limits, but as I've always said, patience and persistence ultimately pays off," said Executive Producer Terry Lickona. "He thoroughly enjoyed himself, and it shows. There were literally fans in the audience in tears as he played music that has become such an important part of the American songbook."

Newman's ACL performance to air this weekend is a solo act with the accompaniment of a piano, letting his beloved songs speak for themselves, as they do on his recent release, “The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2.” (His CD/DVD set, “Live in London,” was released this week.) In addition to favorites from his solo career, set highlights showcase his renowned work on film scores, with Newman singing "I Love To See You Smile" from 1989's comedy hit “Parenthood” and a crowd-pleasing rendition of Toy Story's "You've Got A Friend In Me". Three decades in the making, Newman's appearance on ACL's stage is a proud landmark for the show.

Randy Newman’s episode song list includes:

“Dixie Flyer”

"Mama Told Me Not to Come"

"Laugh and Be Happy"

"Losing You"


"Short People"

"Harps and Angels"

"I Love to See You Smile"

"You've Got a Friend In Me"

"Bad News from Home"

"You Can Leave Your Hat On"

"I Love L.A."


"Sail Away"

"Political Science"

"Louisiana 1927"

"Feels Like Home"

The 37th season of ACL marks the first season filmed entirely in the show’s new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater, a full-time music venue and state-of the-art production facility.

For more information on the new season of Austin City Limits, future tapings and more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. Check local listings for air times and tune-in for another great episode of Austin City Limits.



(Check local listings for exact dates and times.

Additional broadcast schedule to be announced shortly.)

October 1, 2011         Mumford & Sons / Flogging Molly

October 8, 2011         Raphael Saadiq / Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
October 15, 2011       Widespread Panic

October 22, 2011       The Decemberists / Gillian Welch

October 29, 2011       Steve Miller Band / Preservation Hall Jazz Band
November 5, 2011     Miranda Lambert / Jeff Bridges
November 12, 2011   Randy Newman
November 19, 2011   ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival

About Austin City Limits:
Austin City Limits (ACL) is a public television series 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. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Landmark.  In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The show continues to air weekly on PBS stations nationwide and episodes are made available online.
ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and its newest supporter, Dell.  Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.
Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at


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