The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Saturday night April 26th. Mathew McConaughey, who last month won an Academy Award for best actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” inducted his friend and fellow Texan.
“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey said. Nelson, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the U.S.
On his bus before the show Nelson said. “It means a lot. It’s Austin City Limits and Austin — the music capital of the world,” Also inducted were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longtime show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose “pickin’ parties” with guitar songwriters at his Austin home after games helped inspire the show