It’s only a few years old, but the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame already includes a long list of music greats who have had a lasting impact on one of the nation’s most celebrated music TV shows — and on entertainment in general.
The next class of inductees includes rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison; acclaimed singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; and New Orleans’ "First Family of Fun," The Neville Brothers. Cash, Orbison, and The Neville Brothers will be honored during a celebration of their music, hosted by Chris Isaak, on October 25, 2017, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
Rosanne Cash didn’t let the shadow of her dad's huge personality and career dwarf her own successes. Now 61 years old, Johnny’s eldest daughter has enjoyed a nearly 40-year career that includes 15 albums, four Grammy Awards, and 11 No. 1 singles. Cash, a country music trailblazer in her own right, made her first of seven total Austin City Limits appearances in 1983.
Roy Orbison had one of the most unmistakable voices in music history. Born in Vernon, Texas, he learned to play guitar as a boy and wrote his first song at 8 years old. He signed with Sun Records in 1956 and in the '60s had 22 top 40 hits including “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” and “Oh Pretty Woman.” Orbison enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1980s and his 1983 Austin City Limits performance is still considered a classic episode. His wide vocal range, emotional style, and songwriting chops helped land him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Neville Brothers have enjoyed four decades of musical success with their distinctive funk, soul, and blues style. They released their first record in 1978 and made their first of three appearances on Austin City Limits a year later. Enjoying success as a family band and in their own individual projects, Charles, Aaron, Art, and Cyril have been ambassadors of New Orleans music.
The Hall of Fame induction show (which is recorded for TV) always includes an impressive list of artists and collaborations covering the honorees' most beloved songs, as well as additional guest stars and presenters (yet to be announced).
The event is open to the public, and tickets go on sale Friday, April 21. Orbison, Cash, and The Neville Brothers join previous inductees, including Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, and Townes Van Zandt. For a complete list and more information, visit the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame website.