By Courtney E. Smith
Deep in the heart of Texas this weekend, one of country music’s legends was honored. Willie Nelson was inducted into the first class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.
The legendary music show celebrates its 40th season this year and has planned a slate of special events, including the Friday (April 26) induction of Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the show’s creator Bill Arhos and the late Longhorns football coach Darrell Royal, who was a big ACL supporter.
The special, which Austin360 reports was filmed at the show’s original home in studio 6A on the University of Texas campus, saw Nelson being inducted by Oscar-winning actor and Austinite Matthew McConaughey. Nelson played songs backed by members of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band, with Lovett himself singing a duet on “Funny How Time Slips Away”. He was also joined on stage by Emmylou Harris for a duet of “Crazy.”
Double Trouble also performed, and their award was accepted by Vaughan’s remaining bandmates Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and performances are expected to air on PBS this fall.