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McNally Smith’s Gordy Knudtson Performs On Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits will be re-airing an episode from its 2011 season featuring the Steve Miller Band with McNally Smith Percussion Department Head Gordy Knudtson on drums. The program, which originally ran on last October 29th, will air at midnight on Saturday, June 16th (so technically Sunday, June 17th).

Known for hits like “Rockin’ Me,” “Jet Airliner,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” “The Joker,” “Abracadabra,” among others, the Steve Miller Band has toured nearly every year since 1987, when Knudtson first started holding down the fort behind the drum kit. Gordy’s TV appearances with the band include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday Night Videos, and The Arsenio Hall Show. The band recorded a live concert DVD in 2007 called Steve Miller Band — Live from Chicago, which was released in 2008 and broadcast on PBS television stations across the country. In 2010, the Steve Miller Band appeared on CMT (Crossroads) and the BBC (The Jools Holland Show). Gordy can be heard on five of the bands recordings: Born 2B Blue, Wide River, The Box Set, Bingo, and Let Your Hair Down.

Austin City Limits is a music performance television show that appears weekly on PBS. It is is the longest-running music program in television history, the only television show to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and it was recently recognized by Time magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time. It’s a show that has presented a wide variety of musical styles and genres, hosting everyone from Willie Nelson to BB King to Foo Fighters. the show been enshrined as a Rock & Roll Landmark in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

McNally Smith Percussion Department Head Gordy Knudtson recording at Skywalker Ranch.