For ACL's anniversary, the stage welcomes some of the Austin acts that inspired the show to begin. These talented and diverse musicians were the essence of the "Austin Sound" in the '70s. In this 1986 episode, they prove they are still relevant today.
Louise Mandrell doesn't trade on her family name, instead she uses talent, hard-work, and enthusiasm to present an all out thrilling performance. Next, Mel McDaniel presents his self-penned hits to this 1986 ACL audience.
This 1986 episode has John Schneider extending his acting talents to include musical performance. He is quickly gaining commercial and critical success for his beautiful country songs. Southern Pacific is a group on the rise. Borrowing from both country and rock, their distinctive sound is gaining them new fans every day.moreless
Honky tonk desperation is George Jones' specialty. This country legend sets the standard that modern country artists are measured against. Meanwhile, Vern Gosdin has a smooth and distinctive country voice (1986).
This 1986 episode is marked by hilarious comedy, entertaining audience interaction, and engaging performances. Mel Tillis is a country music legend who knows how t please a crowd. Next, Austin's Geezinslaws use witty lyrics to imbue their music fun.
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