Include me in the "what happened to Austin City Limits?" crowd. I think the show is actually doing a good job of representing what is going on with the music scene in Austin. Disjointed and random. It's a typical college town with a small downtown area with lots of clubs that cater to the college crowd. The bands appear to have followings mainly in college towns and aren't usually nationally known. They usually have a decent front person. Not star caliber but maybe a step above bar band level. The songwriting is for the most part mediocre. Most of them do self-promotion and sell their products at the show. Nothing wrong with that, lots of people do that including myself. But, headlining on ACL? I don't get it. Maybe that's what draws ACL audience these days. The cool underground bands they appear about to break into the national headlines. I lived in Austin from 2000-2004. My brother lives there so I usually go back for a visit once a year. Went to a couple of SXSW's. Got to go to 2 live tapings of ACL. One was Bonnie Raitt. The other was The Gypsy Kings. Both shows were excellent. I also frequented the few clubs that had people like Mike Landau, Dave Grissom, Malford Milligan, David Holt, and sometimes people like Eric Johnson or Joe Ely would do surprise shows. But those shows are at small clubs and usually on Monday or Tuesday nights. And the crowds were obviously people who hadn't been in college for quite a few years. I think Austin may be the "Live Music Capitol of the World" these days if it just means most live bands on any given night regardless of talent.