“Austin City Limits” will honor its third class of inductees to the ACL Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 at ACL Live. Among those paying tribute to the previously announced inductees B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson will be hometown heroes Willie Nelson and Gary Clark Jr., along with Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell and Taj Mahal.
Kristofferson and Raitt also will perform. The evening’s emcees will be husband-wife comedy television personalities Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Additional guest stars will be announced later.
Tickets (prices TBA) go on sale next Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. via acltv.com/hall-of-fame. Highlights from the performances and induction speeches will be broadcast in a Hall of Fame episode during the long-running television show’s 42nd season, which begins airing this fall.
Nelson was among the first class of inductees to the Hall in 2014. The ceremony at the show’s original Studio 6A home also honored Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, ACL creator Bill Arhos and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, a key early supporter of the program. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Lloyd Maines, who’s appeared on ACL more than any other musician, was added to the inaugural class shortly thereafter.
Last year the proceedings moved to ACL Live, with five more acts inducted: Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Asleep at the Wheel. The original crew from the inaugural “Austin City Limits” season in 1974-75 also was honored.