Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chris Stapleton ACL Taping



Country superstar Chris Stapleton taped his first ever episode of the PBS hit show Austin City Limits on October 23, 2017, and Limelight Imaging was honored to be there to capture all of the excitement.


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton


The Austin City Limits television show is currently taping episodes for its 43rd season. That is quite a remarkable record for any television program. ACL is the longest running music program on television. It has been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and was recognized as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time by Time magazine. The pilot for the show was taped on October 17, 1974, and starred the not-quite-as-famous-then-as-now country star Willie Nelson. Since then, many different types of musical styles and genres have been featured on the show.



Austin City Limits Stage

Austin City Limits 


Chris Stapleton




Chris Stapleton is a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, and guitarist who will be releasing his third album on December 1.  Although Chris seems to have suddenly jumped into the public eye in the last couple of years, in reality he has been a well respected writer and producer much longer than that. Stapleton started out as a songwriter when he moved to Nashville in 2001.  He has written hits for the likes of Darius Rucker, George Strait, Kenny Chesney as well as songs for Adele, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and many more.


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton



Stapleton spent a few years fronting the bluegrass band SteelDrivers and the Southern rock band The Jompson Brothers before striking out on his own.  Chris Stapleton released his critically acclaimed debut album, Traveller, in 2015.  The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified double-platinum. His second studio album, From A Room: Vol. 1, was released in May 2017.  From A Room: Vol. 2 is set to release on December 1. 


Chris Stapleton


Chris Stapleton



Chris Stapleton has received several awards including two Grammy Awards (both for his debut album), five Academy of Country Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and nine ASCAP Country awards for his work as a composer.



Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton




Stapleton's performance for this taping of Austin City Limits was definitely a memorable one. His bluesy, soulful voice combined with his fiery, talented guitar strumming made for an evening of great music.  And since Austin audiences know great artists when they hear them, this Austin City Limits crowd showed Stapleton just how much he was loved with their thunderous applause. Stapleton  performed 17 songs including several of his hits like the honky-tonk/Southern rock ballad "Tennessee Whiskey," the title track from his debut album, "Traveller," "Nobody To Blame," and "Broken Halos."  He also performed two songs from his soon-to-be-released album, "Hard Livin' "and, if the ACL audience reaction is any indication, his next big hit, "Trying To Untangle My Mind."  Stapleton threw in two acoustic numbers "Whiskey And You" and his first of two encore songs, "Either Way" while his band members took a break. The evening ended with the powerful blues ballad "Sometimes I Cry," which left the audience on their feet, begging for more.


Although Stapleton performed with a limited band backing him, there was plenty of power to be found in all of his selections. Band members performing with Chris were longtime bassist J.T. Cure, drummer Derek Mixon, and backing vocalist, Chris' wife, Morgane Stapleton.



Chris Stapleton


J.T. Cure and Morgane Stapleton




Setlist:

Might As Well Get Stoned
Nobody To Blame
Broken Halos
Hard Livin'
Them Stems
Trying to Untangle My Mind
I Was Wrong
Whiskey And You (Acoustic- just Chris)
The Devil Named Music
Outlaw State Of Mind
Death Row
Traveller
Fire Away
Second One To Know
Tennessee Whiskey

Encore:
Either Way (Acoustic- just Chris)
Sometimes I Cry




Chris Stapleton


While Stapleton's powerful musical performance completely filled the venue with sound, Stapleton himself was a man of few words when it came to between-song banter.  When he first took the stage, Chris acknowledged that Willie Nelson had performed there 16 times, a record not soon to be broken. When a man in the audience yelled "Welcome to Austin", Stapleton humbly replied "Thank you, man." But Chris Stapleton's most telling statement was this: "What a treat to play Austin City Limits. I guess I'll have to find a new dream." 


I'm sure this is a dream that many other musicians have also had; to perform on one of the most famous stages in the world, the Austin City Limits television show stage. Thank you Chris for sharing your special night with us and we look forward to viewing the results of this taping when it airs on our local PBS station sometime soon.



Chris Stapleton


Monday, October 23, 2017

Macklemore at Emo's



Seattle based Rap artist Macklemore stopped by Emo's for a sold out show on October 19, 2017. The performance is part of his Gemini U.S. Tour featuring Travis Thompson and XP & Eric Nally. All three of these artists have collaborated with Macklemore on different projects in recent years.



Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore



Macklemore is touring in support of his second studio album, Gemini, which was released on September 22 of this year. Macklemore has also performed as part of the hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The pair won 4 Grammy Awards and numerous other awards and nominations for their debut album.



Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore



Macklemore



Some of Macklemore's best known songs include "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," "Downtown,' as well as his latest release, "Good Old Days," in which he collaborated with Kesha.



Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore


Macklemore



Eric Nally


Eric Nally is a Seattle-based singer and musician. He is the former front man for Foxy Shazam.  He debut single "Ruby" is available now and his debut album is due out later this year.



Macklemore and Eric Nally


Eric Nally


Eric Nally



Travis Thompson


Travis is a Seattle-based rapper.


Travis Thompson


Travis Thompson


Travis Thompson


Travis Thompson


Travis Thompson




Xperience (XP) 


XP is a Seattle-based rapper, hip hop emcee, and vocalist.  On this night, he performed with Eric Nally.


Xperience


Xperience


Xperience and Eric Nally


Xperience and Eric Nally





Friday, October 6, 2017

Wilco Plays Bass Concert Hall


The Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco brought their energy to the Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus on October 1, 2017, for a sold-out show.


Wilco

Jeff Tweedy

Wilco




Wilco was formed in 1994 in Chicago. They have released 10 albums and earned a Grammy in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album and 5 other nominations over the years.  On December 1 they will release a deluxe album featuring their first two albums "A.M." and :Being There" plus additional unreleased demos, and never-before-heard songs.



Jeff Tweedy

Wilco

Jeff Tweedy





Wilco is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedy. Joining him are bassist John Stirrat, drummer Glenn Kotche, keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist/guitarist Pat Sansone.



Wilco

Jeff Tweedy

John Stirrat and Pat Sansone

Wilco



Setlist:

You Are My Face
If I Ever Was A Child
Cary All Day
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Art Of Almost
Pickled Ginger
Side With The Seeds
Pot Kettle Black
Passenger Side
Someone To Lose
Via Chicago
Bull Black Nova
Reservations
Impossible Germany
California Stars
Forget The Flowers
Box Full Of Letters
Heavy Metal Drummer
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Hummingbird
The Late Greats

Encore 1:
Random Name Generator
Jesus, Etc.
Hate It Here
Locator
Monday
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Encore 2:
Misunderstood
Spiders (Kidsmoke)





Jeff Tweedy

Wilco

Jeff Tweedy




Bob Schneider


Opening for Wilco was an Austin favorite, singer-songwriter Bob Schneider.


Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider



Schneider is the former lead singer for the Ugly Americans, Joe Rock Head, and The Scabs.  He has won 55 Austin Music Awards and has had several of his tracks used in movie soundtracks including "Bullets" which was used in Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock.



Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider