OK, this is a big deal: For the first time in almost a decade, Willie Nelson will tape a full episode of "Austin City Limits" on Monday night. The longest-running music television show in history started with Willie back in 1974, and he's appeared on the show more than a dozen times since then.
Here's a first, though: This one will be livestreamed. When Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel teamed up for a taping that aired in 2010, the show hadn't yet made livestreaming part of its routine. It's common now, though only select shows get the livestream treatment. You can tune in right here, starting at 8 p.m. Central Time:
No details were released on what Willie will play or if any special guests might join in with his Family band. His son Lukas Nelson seems a very good bet, coming off his own debut on the program earlier this year. Material might include songs from his two recent albums of mostly new original material, 2018's "Last Man Standing" and 2017's "God's Problem Child." And we may hear songs from "My Way," his salute to Frank Sinatra released a few weeks ago, or "Summertime," his 2016 Grammy-winning tribute to the Gershwins. Still, we'll bet the house that he opens with "Whiskey River."
A couple thousand fortunate fans who got tickets will attend in person at ACL Live. That's right in the heart of downtown, at 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard. Just look for the Willie Nelson statue out front.
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