Austin City Limits Brings Its A-Game: Acoustic At Its Best With The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers.

It's a night of great chemistry as Austin City Limits (ACL) presents new American acoustic music in a double-bill with The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. The brand new episode airs Saturday, November 3rd on PBS (check local listings for times).

The Civil Wars bring their dynamic charisma to the Austin City Limits stage to perform tracks from the Grammy-winning debut Barton Hollow. A folk-pop duo comprised of vocalist Joy Williams and guitarist John Paul White, The Civil Wars made an appearance last year in the ACL Presents special, Americana Music Festival 2011, and ACL has been excited to have them back for a full set ever since. The magnetic pair create Appalachian-tinged folk melodies with a minimalist approach that has caught the folk-pop world by storm. The obvious chemistry between the singer-songwriters is as infectious as their grassroots success – over 250,000 copies of their critically-acclaimed debut album Barton Hollow sold without major industry support. "We are so amped to be here," says The Civil Wars' Joy Williams from the ACL stage. "I'm still pinching myself that we get to play here tonight." In addition to their originals, the duo wows the audience with inspired renditions of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Smashing Pumpkins' "Disarm" in their ACL debut.

Says ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona, "I was there when Joy and John Paul performed for one minute on this year's Grammy Awards Show, and that one minute had more impact than almost anything else on the show. That's just the way they are – their music will grab your ear and your heart in one fell swoop!"

"When you start a band, this is all you really want to be able to do—play Austin City Limits," says Punch Brothers' leader Chris Thile from the ACL stage. Thile should know, the appearance marks his fourth turn on ACL, including two with his long-time band, the progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. In 2006, mandolin virtuoso Thile assembled the all-star quintet Punch Brothers (the name comes from the Mark Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!). The quintet's boundary-less mix of indie-rock, bluegrass, classical music, jazz, folk, and pop has attracted critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase. The Grammy-nominated band performs tracks off their three albums, including 2012's Who's Feeling Young Now? Paste Magazine calls the album "a masterpiece" and declared "every track is a small wonder of some sort," while Rolling Stone claims it "strikes a nice balance between old-school and modern." In October, 31-year Thile was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for his creative vision.

"I've been a fan of Chris's music since he was a 13-year-old mandolin child prodigy, and it's been inspiring to watch him take his music to new places only he can imagine," says Lickona. "He's got a band of kindred spirits who create music that really defies labels – unless you use all of them!"

The Civil Wars setlist:
From This Valley
My Father's Father
Billie Jean
Poison & Wine
Barton Hollow

Punch Brothers setlist:
Movement and Location

Who's Feeling Young Now?

Next to the Trash

Flippen (The Flip)

Don't Get Married Without Me

Rye Whiskey

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