Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were also honoured
Willie Nelson was among the inaugural inductees to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame last night (Saturday, April 26).
Also inducted were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longterm show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose “pickin’ parties” with songwriters after games helped inspire the show.
As reported by Associated Press, Matthew McConaughey, who last month won the Academy Award for best actor, inducted Nelson with the words: “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.”
Nelson, who will turn 81 next week, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the US.
He said: “It means a lot. It’s Austin City Limits and Austin – the music capital of the world.”
On the night Nelson was joined onstage by Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Former producer Bill Arhos said he remembered a friend’s comment after one of the occasions when Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession.
Arhos said: “He said, `That’s like Wimpy getting busted for eating hamburgers.'”