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Austin City Limits Hall of Fame to Induct Stevie Ray Vaughan and Willie Nelson
PBS program Austin City Limits is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and to mark four decades of delivering live music to televisions across the country, ACL is launching a Hall of Fame of its very own. Its inaugural class will be inducted during a ceremony on April 26th, and among the luminaries set to enter Austin’s Hall are Stevie Ray Vaugahn and Willie Nelson. Other inductees include Austin City Limits creator Bill Arhos and University of Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal. Vaugahn’s band Double Trouble (Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans) will be inducted along with their late leader.
"Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution, in both the worlds of popular music and television," ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said in a statement. "It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today."
The ceremony will be held at ACL’s first home, Austin TV station KLRU’s Studio 6A. No word yet on an air date, but we’re assuming the gala will find its way to television eventually, considering the fact that such titans as Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are scheduled to perform.
This weekend’s episode of ACL features a nine-song set from Nine Inch Nails. The concert airs on Saturday, April 5. Check your local listings and prepare to crank the volume on your TV.
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