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Tracey E. W. Laird

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812417.001.0001

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A Rhinoceros in Your Bathtub

A Rhinoceros in Your Bathtub

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Austin City Limits

Tracey E. W. Laird

Oxford University Press

Concepts already at work in the world, namely the exceptionalism of Texas as a region and the hipness of the Austin-based progressive-country music scene, came together in the person of Willie Nelson on the pilot episode of Austin City Limits. Nelson’s contemporary emergence as an iconic figure in mainstream popular culture was a bonus—a providential cherry-on-top. In ways surely no one could have foreseen, he laid the groundwork for the sustained relevance of both Austin City Limits and the city of Austin itself. The significance of both show and city carried on long after the progressive-country moment passed. But the pilot was arguably this moment’s apotheosis.

Keywords:   Texas exceptionalism, Willie Nelson, progressive country, Austin music, Austin, Texas

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