By Lynne Margolis
Austin City Limits has enlisted Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Gary Clark Jr. and Taj Mahal to perform at its third annual ACL Hall of Fame Inductions and Celebration ceremony, taking place Oct. 12 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of the iconic PBS live-performance series. The 2016 inductees — B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson — were announced in January. Raitt and Kristofferson also are slated to perform; other names are expected to be announced as well. Comic couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will emcee.
Tickets go on sale May 20 at 10 a.m. at acltv.com/hall-of-fame.
The honorees join inaugural-year inductees Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lloyd Maines, program creator Bill Arhos and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, an early and fervent supporter of the 42-year-old program, and 2015 inductees Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Townes Van Zandt and 1974-75 production crew who helped launch the show.
The event will be edited into a special episode to air during ACL’s 42nd season, which starts this fall. Performers already taped for next season include Robert Plant, Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket and Paul Simon.
Austin City Limits launched the Hall of Fame in 2014, its 40th-anniversary season, to celebrate artists and others who helped turn the series into one of the longest-running — and most respected — live-performance shows in television history. Raitt, Clark and Kristofferson have performed at previous inductions; Maines led the house band both years.
Austin City Limits also is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund music- and archival-footage licensing for its documentary, A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story. Directed by Keith Maitland, the 91-minute film made its world premiere in March at South By Southwest. To donate, click here.