The 43rd season of “Austin City Limits” is beginning to heat up. The long-running music television show has just announced three more tapings taking place this spring at ACL Live: country superstar Miranda Lambert on April 19, indie heavyweights The Head and the Heart on May 22, and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Norah Jones on June 11.
It’s the third time on the show for Lambert, who previously appeared in 206 and 2011. She released “The Weight of These Wings,” her sixth major-label studio album, in November. The taping coincides with her previously announced April 20 appearance at ACL Live for the annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey fundraiser.
The Head and the Heart first appeared on “Austin City Limits” five years ago, when they were breaking through to national audiences with their self-titled debut album for Sub Pop Records. Last year’s “Signs of Light” found them jumping to Warner Bros. They’ll tape “ACL” between appearances at Coachella in California and the Sasquatch Festival near Seattle, where the band is partly based. No word yet on whether they’ll return this year to ACL Fest, where they were among the highlights of both weekends in 2014.
Norah Jones, raised in the Metroplex before becoming a star in New York City, first played “Austin City Limits” in 2002 shortly after the release of her debut album “Come Away With Me,” which went on to win eight Grammys and sell more than 25 million copies worldwide. She opened the show’s 33rd season with an hourlong episode in 2007 and appeared again five years later. Her fourth taping comes the night before an already-sold-out show at Stubb’s as part of a tour for her new album “Day Breaks.” Jones was just here last weekend as part of a Neil Young tribute show at the Paramount.
As always, details about the lottery drawing for free tickets will be announced about a week before each taping on the show’s website and through its social media accounts.