It was 35 years ago when a self-described “rag tag bunch of long-haired hippie public television types” caught Willie Nelson on video camera and produced the very first episode of Austin City Limits. To celebrate the show’s anniversary and his new record, Nelson returns with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel for a very special “Willie and the Wheel” episode on Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 p.m. It’s just one of several special episodes this month, highlighted by a complete hour with Pearl Jam. It’s been 18 years since the band’s seminal debut, Ten, and in a sign that it may be a strong as ever, the band’s latest, Backspacer, just hit number one. Catch the show that Billboard describes as, “Vedder and the band…riffing with the crowd as if everyone was mingling at a party rather than at the taping of a legendary TV music series,” on Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 p.m.
Got a request for John Fogerty? Here’s your chance to make it. Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. NPT offers a very special broadcast of John Fogerty – Live By Request. Just like it sounds, Fogerty will be performing live and taking requests from you and other PBS viewers around the nation who call into the special toll-free number. If you want to experience Fogerty even more live, scroll down for a chance to win tickets to his performance at the Ryman on November 22.
American Masters profiles Woody Guthrie. Independent Lens shares the emotional roller coaster ride of Roque Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon as he awaits a kidney transplant, and for those who missed it when it was pre-empted earlier this year, Great Performances offers an encore broadcast of Harlem in Montmartre.
It’s another great month of music programming on NPT.
Read the Rest of the NPT Music Monthly November 2009 on the wnpt.net news page. It’s the complete listing of all the music programming coming to NPT this month, including all the above mentioned artists, plus The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Sugarland, Celtic Woman, OneRepublic and plenty more. Subscribe for free at wnpt.net. Tell your friends!