Tag: Austin City Limits
Guided By Voices’ appearance on Austin City Limits was supposed to be the band’s big, nationally-broadcast fare-thee-well, shortly before they completed their final tour. Regardless, it’s a fine performance of a band at the top of its game, and there’s not a nostalgic moment to be had; it’s a vital, exciting performance from a band that still has a lot to give.
Texas guitarist Eric Johnson’s career was in an odd place in the 1980s; though a superbly talented musician with a Grammy nomination under his belt, he had difficulty finding a proper home for his music. Instead, he focused on his live show, and became a top-notch live act. This concert, recorded in 1988, captures him in his prime, shortly before he scored a surprise commercial hit with his song, “Cliffs Of Dover.”
On an October evening in 1988, two generations of Bakersfield musicians came together onstage to record a concert for famed music program Austin City Limits. These two CD/DVD collections present that evening in its entirety, and both sets find the artists in superb form.