Austin City Limits

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Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special 2014

Highlights from the first annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

AIRED: February 14, 2015 | 0:53:10
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The 2014 "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame Special,

honoring the artists and others who've inspired

the longest-running music show on American television today.

We honor the legendary Willie Nelson,

who starred on the original

"Austin City Limits" pilot program.

With host Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey.

With special guests Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

Also honoring Austin blues legend

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

Featuring Buddy Guy,

Robert Randolph,

Doyle Bramhall II,

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Mike Farris,

and Lukas Nelson.

Also honoring "Austin City Limits" creator

Bill Arhos

and Texas Longhorns' legendary football coach

and "ACL" supporter Darrell K. Royal.

Tonight, the 2014

"Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame Special.

Now, from the original Studio 6A,

where it all began in 1974,

your host for the first ever "Austin City Limits"

Hall of Fame inductions and celebration,

Matthew McConaughey.

Yeah, so it all started right here.

Listen, tonight we celebrate

"Austin City Limits'" 40th anniversary

by honoring the man that started it all.

Along with his sidekick, Trigger, will you please welcome

someone I can call a friend,

the one and only Mr. Willie Nelson?

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Whiskey River"]

♪ Whiskey River, take my mind♪

♪ Don't let her memory torture me♪

♪ Whiskey River, don't run dry♪

♪ You're all I've got, take care of me♪

♪ Whiskey River, take my mind♪

♪ Don't let her memory torture me♪

♪ Whiskey River, don't run dry♪

♪ You're all I've got, take care of me♪

♪ I'm drowning in a whiskey river♪

♪ Bathing my memoried mind in the wetness of its soul♪

♪ Feeling the amber current flowin' from my mind♪

♪ And warm an empty heart you left so cold♪

♪ Whiskey River, take my mind♪

♪ And don't let her memory torture me♪

♪ Whiskey River, don't run dry♪

♪ You're all I've got, take care of me♪

♪ Whiskey River, take my mind♪

♪ And don't let her memory torture me♪

♪ Whiskey River, don't run dry♪

♪ You're all I've got, take care of me♪

[Cheers and applause]

This is one of those special evenings,

and here's a real special guy I want to introduce to y'all,

my friend Mr. Lyle Lovett.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Funny How Time Slips Away"]

♪ Well, hello there♪

♪ My, it's been a long, long time♪

[Cheers and applause]

♪ How am I doing?♪

♪ Oh, I guess that I'm doing fine♪

♪ It's been so long now♪

♪ But it seems now♪

♪ That it was only yesterday♪

♪ Gee, ain't it funny♪

♪ How time just slips away?♪

♪ How's your new love?♪

♪ Well, I hope he's doin' fine♪

♪ I heard you told him♪

♪ You were gonna love him until the end of time♪

♪ Now, that's the same thing that you told me♪

♪ Seems like just the other day♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ How time slips away, yeah?♪

♪ Well, I got to go now♪

♪ I guess I'll see you around♪

♪ I don't know when, though♪

♪ 'Cause I never know when I'll be back in town♪

♪ But remember when I tell you♪

♪ That in time you're gonna pay♪

♪ And it's surprising♪

♪ How time just slips away♪

♪ Ain't it funny how time slips away?♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ Funny how time slips away?♪

♪ Slips away♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ How time slips away?♪

♪ Ain't it funny♪

♪ How time just slips away?♪

♪ Ain't it funny how time just slips away?♪

[Cheers and applause]

Lyle Lovett!

Thank y'all very much.

It's my pleasure now to introduce

none other than the great Miss Emmylou Harris.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Crazy"]

♪ I'm crazy♪

♪ Crazy for feeling so lonely♪

♪ And I'm crazy♪

♪ Crazy for feeling so blue♪

♪ And I knew♪

♪ You'd love me as long as you wanted♪

♪ And then someday♪

♪ You'd leave me for somebody new♪

♪ Worry♪

♪ Why do I let myself worry♪

♪ Wondering♪

♪ What in the world did I do?♪

♪ And I'm crazy♪

♪ For thinking that my love could hold you♪

♪ I'm crazy for trying♪

♪ Crazy for crying♪

♪ And I'm crazy for loving you♪

♪ And I'm crazy♪

♪ For thinking that my love could hold you♪

♪ I'm crazy for trying♪

♪ Crazy for crying♪

♪ And I'm crazy♪

♪ For loving you♪

[Cheers and applause]

Emmylou, thank you!

One of the best songs ever written...

Amen.

...is a song called "Pancho & Lefty."

[Cheers and applause]

Lyle -- Look at that. Lyle's on this one with us.

[Laughter]

Glad to have you, Lyle.

♪ Livin' on the road, my friend♪

♪ Was gonna keep you free and clean♪

♪ Now you wear your skin like iron♪

♪ Your breath's as hard as kerosene♪

♪ You weren't your mama's only boy♪

♪ But her favorite one, it seems♪

♪ She began to cry when you said good-bye♪

♪ And sank into your dreams♪

♪ Pancho was a bandit, boys♪

♪ His horse was fast as polished steel♪

♪ He wore his gun outside his pants♪

♪ For all the honest world to feel♪

♪ Pancho met his match, you know♪

♪ On the deserts down in Mexico♪

♪ And nobody heard his dyin' words♪

♪ Oh, but that's the way it goes♪

♪ All the Federales say♪

♪ They could of had him any day♪

♪ Only let him slip away♪

♪ Out of kindness, I suppose♪

♪ Lefty, he can't sing the blues♪

♪ All night long like he used to♪

♪ The dust that Pancho bit down south♪

♪ Ended up in Lefty's mouth♪

♪ The day they laid poor Pancho low♪

♪ Lefty split for Ohio♪

♪ Where he got the bread to go♪

♪ There ain't nobody knows♪

♪ All the Federales say♪

♪ They could of had him any day♪

♪ They only let him slip away♪

♪ Out of kindness, I suppose♪

♪ The poets tell how Pancho fell♪

♪ And Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel♪

♪ The dessert's quiet and Cleveland's cold♪

♪ So the story ends, we're told♪

♪ Pancho needs your prayer's, it's true♪

♪ But save a few for Lefty, too♪

♪ He only did what he had to do♪

♪ And now he's growin' old♪

♪ All the Federales say♪

♪ They could of had him any day♪

♪ They only let him slip away♪

♪ Out of kindness, I suppose♪

♪ A few gray Federales say♪

♪ Could have had him any day♪

♪ They only let him go so long♪

♪ Out of kindness, I suppose♪

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "On the Road Again"]

♪ On the road again♪

♪ I just can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ The life I love is makin' music with my friends♪

♪ And I can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ On the road again♪

♪ Goin' places that I've never been♪

♪ Seein' things that I may never see again♪

♪ And I can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ Everybody sing♪

♪ On the road again♪

♪ Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway♪

♪ We're the best of friends♪

♪ Insisting that the world keep turnin' our way♪

♪ And our way♪

♪ Is on the road again♪

♪ Just can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ The life I love is makin' music with my friends♪

♪ And I can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ On the road again♪

♪ Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway♪

♪ We're the best of friends♪

♪ Insisting that the world keep turnin' our way♪

♪ And our way♪

♪ Is on the road again♪

♪ I just can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ The life I love is makin' music with my friends♪

♪ And I can't wait to get on the road again♪

♪ I can't wait to get on the road again♪

[Cheers and applause]

I hear you. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Lyle. Thank you, Emmylou.

Thank all y'all for coming out and helping us celebrate

year number 40 of "Austin City Limits."

Thank you.

[Cheers and applause]

Thank you, Matthew.

Now, there really would be no "Austin City Limits"

without Willie Nelson.

It's as simple as that.

He did the original pilot program in October 1974.

Hundreds of programs and thousands of artists later,

"Austin City Limits" has become

the longest-running music program on television ever.

[Cheers and applause]

He's been called

Saint Willie.

[Laughs]

There's a 10' statue of him in the middle of downtown Austin

on a street called Willie Nelson Boulevard.

[Cheers and applause]

He's always been larger than life, a living legend.

He's an icon, an inspiration to many.

Will everyone please join me

as we salute the one and only Red Headed Stranger?

[Cheers and applause]

NELSON: Thank you very much.

I've said it 100 times or more.

Austin is a good place to be,

and I'm glad y'all are here with us,

and this is a great honor for me,

so thank you very much.

[Cheers and applause]

Next up...

You know, there were several people involved

in the idea of "Austin City Limits,"

but there was only one guy who made it happen.

If Willie is, in many ways, the heart

of "Austin City Limits,"

Bill Arhos was the driving force, the spirit,

that kept the show going for 30 years,

until he retired.

But please join with me as we honor Bill Arhos.

[Cheers and applause]

All right, let's get him up here.

Bill Arhos. Bill?

[Cheers and applause]

This is a great honor for me,

and I appreciate it very much.

I was going to run out "Funny How Time Slips Away"

when I heard the 40-year thing,

and it is funny how it slips away,

40 years down the road.

It's a little intimidating to --

[Coughs] Pardon me --

be in a class of the first inductees,

and three out of the four have bronze statues hanging around.

I got...

I got a stainless steel fingernail clipper.

[Laughter]

Thank you very much.

[Cheers and applause]

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Now here's the former National Champion

University of Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you.

I'm so honored to be here representing the family

of one of our great friends,

who I know is watching tonight, he's in heaven.

He's laying back, he's got a big smile.

Probably a beverage of his choice,

in Coach Royal.

Here's a guy that, uh -- Yes, yes.

Go ahead, please.

[Cheers and applause]

In talking to people...

"Austin City Limits" would not be what it is today

without Coach Royal because he first brought people

like Willie Nelson in here

and introduced them to this great venue.

He was also very passionate about his family,

and we have the first lady

of Texas football with us tonight --

and their family -- Ms. Edith Royal.

If you'll come up, Edith.

[Cheers and applause]

Darrell loved -- He loved his family,

he loved football, and he loved music

more than anything.

He just -- He just loved

pickin' parties, [chuckles]

and we all did.

We all learned to do that.

And people seemed to love to come to our house and listen,

and we loved having them there.

Then we loved this venue here.

It was just wonderful.

And all the people that helped make it go.

And there's a lot of you here.

Thank you.

[Cheers and applause]

All right.

All right, all right.

Hey, I got to...

All right, all right, all right.

That's a fact.

All right.

Eric Clapton was driving in his car

the first time he heard him play guitar on the radio,

and he said he had to pull over.

He was one of the most influential and innovative

electric guitarists in the history of blues music.

In an all-too-short career of only seven years,

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

blazed their way to the top.

His life ended at the age of 35, but the music lives on.

Their two appearances on "Austin City Limits"

in 1983 and 1989 bookended those exciting years,

and in so many ways, Stevie Ray still represents

the musical heart and soul

of Austin.

Tonight...

[Applause]

Tonight, we're going to honor them

by inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

into the "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame.

With us here tonight are the original members

of Double Trouble --

Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, and Reese Wynans.

All right.

[Cheers and applause]

I have to start by saying that Stevie is still here,

he's here in this building.

[Cheers and applause]

I feel real honored and grateful for this.

And this goes out to Stevie.

[Applause]

Thank you very much for having us here.

Congratulations to "Austin City Limits"

for 40 years.

It's great to be back here in this studio.

We had a great time playing here.

I loved our shows here.

I still see them all the time.

Stevie was a big fan of "Austin City Limits."

He was a big influence on us playing here,

and he loved it, too.

Thank you.

McCONAUGHEY: Let's hear it for Double Trouble.

[Cheers and applause]

So what we'd like to do is welcome to the stage,

please, if you will,

Mike Farris and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "The House is Rockin'"]

♪ Well, the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother, come on in♪

♪ Kick off your shoes, start losin' the blues♪

♪ This old house ain't got nothin' to lose♪

♪ Seen it all for years, start spreadin' the news♪

♪ Get out on the floor♪

♪ Come on, baby, shake somethin' loose♪

♪ Well, the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ Yeah, the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother, come on in♪

Ha ha hey!

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

♪ Well, the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother, come on in♪

♪ Walk up the street, you can hear the sound♪

♪ Of some bad honky-tonkers layin' it down♪

♪ They've seen it all for years♪

♪ Just have nothin' to lose♪

♪ So get out on the floor♪

♪ Shimmy, shake somethin' loose♪

You sing!

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother knockin'♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother, come on in♪

♪ If the house is a-rockin', don't bother, come on in♪

[Cheers and applause]

So let's keep it rolling.

Would you please welcome to the stage Doyle Bramhall II.

[Cheers and applause]

A song that my father wrote for Stevie.

It's called "Change It."

One, two, three.

♪ You can't change it♪

♪ You can't rearrange it♪

♪ If time is all that we got♪

♪ Then, baby, let's take it♪

♪ Lovin' is lovin'♪

♪ The moment is right♪

♪ If it's worth all the years in the past♪

♪ Let's go one more night♪

♪ Get away from the blind side of life♪

♪ Honey, I want you to be by my side♪

♪ Me and my backdoor moves ain't no more♪

♪ Yeah♪

♪ Get away from the blind side of life♪

♪ Honey, I want you to be by my side, yeah♪

♪ Me and my backdoor moves ain't no more♪

♪ Yeah♪

♪ Get away from the blind side of life♪

♪ Honey, I want you to be by my side♪

♪ Me and those backdoor moves ain't no more♪

♪ Good night, my darlin'♪

♪ Another day has passed♪

♪ Forget all those painful memories♪

♪ Our love's gonna last♪

♪ Come to me, baby♪

♪ Come to me one more time, yeah♪

♪ It's time we got movin'♪

♪ Time we move on♪

♪ Yeah♪

♪ Let's slide out the door♪

♪ Let's slide out the door♪

♪ Glide our way home♪

♪ Let's come back for more♪

♪ Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh♪

[Cheers and applause]

Thank y'all very much.

It's been a pleasure playing for you guys tonight,

especially with this tremendous band up here.

Thank you, Terry. Thank you, "Austin City Limits."

Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome, from the eastern coast

of the United States of America,

West Orange, New Jersey, Mr. Robert Randolph.

[Cheers and applause]

Before Stevie Ray Vaughan,

all I listened to was Biggie and Tupac...

and gospel music.

And I was the only kid riding around

in my father's Lincoln Town Car

playing Stevie Ray Vaughan music.

But it's actually a great thing

to be here with all of y'all

to honor a great man and a great band.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Give Me Back My Wig"]

♪ Give me back my wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Give me back my wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Really didn't have no business♪

♪ Honey, buyin' no wig at all♪

♪ Give me back my wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Give me back my wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Really didn't have no business♪

♪ Honey, buyin' no wig at all♪

Doyle Bramhall.

♪ Give me back that wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Give me back my wig♪

♪ Honey, let your head go bald♪

♪ Really didn't have no business♪

♪ Honey, buyin' no wig at all♪

[Cheers and applause]

Ladies and gentlemen,

would you please make welcome to the stage the inimitable,

the wonderful, and the legendary Mr. Buddy Guy.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Let Me Love You Baby"]

♪ Well, now, whoo whee, baby, you know♪

♪ I declare you sure look fine♪

♪ Whoo whee, baby, you know♪

♪ I declare you sure look fine♪

♪ 'Cause a girl like you

♪ Would make a many man change his mind♪

♪ Baby, when you walk♪

♪ You know you shake like a willow tree♪

♪ When you walk, pretty woman♪

♪ You know you shake just like a willow tree♪

♪ Yeah♪

♪ A girl like you♪

♪ Would love to make a fool out of me♪

♪ All your love♪

♪ Yes, for a little bit of your love♪

♪ I'll give all I own♪

♪ Just for a little bit of your love♪

♪ Since I met you, baby♪

♪ That's all I been --♪

Wait a minute.

Wait a minute!

I got to thank "Austin City Limits."

Ha!

[Cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Nothing like coming back to this place.

I wasn't here when Willie opened it,

but I came soon after.

[Laughter]

[Playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb"]

♪ Mary had a little lamb♪

♪ It's fleece was white as snow♪

♪ And everywhere the child went♪

♪ The lamb was sure to go♪

♪ He followed her to school one day♪

♪ They broke the teacher's rule♪

♪ What a time did they have♪

♪ That day at school♪

♪ Tisket, tasket♪

♪ My green-and-yellow basket♪

♪ I wrote a letter to my baby♪

♪ On my way, I passed it♪

♪ I did, yeah♪

♪ Tisket, tasket♪

♪ This little green-and-yellow basket♪

♪ I wrote a letter to my baby♪

♪ And on my way, I passed it♪

[Cheers and applause]

Thank you!

[Cheers and applause]

Ladies and gentlemen, for our final number tonight,

would you please welcome back on the stage

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall,

Mickey Raphael, Lukas Nelson, Robert Randolph, Jr.,

Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, and Mr. Willie Nelson.

[Cheers and applause]

[Playing "Texas Flood"]

♪ Well, it's floodin' down in Texas♪

♪ And all the telephone lines are down♪

♪ Yes, it's floodin' down in Texas♪

♪ And all the telephone lines are down♪

♪ I been tryin' to call my baby♪

♪ Lord, I can't get a single sound♪

♪ Dark clouds are rollin'♪

♪ And I'm standin' out in the rain♪

♪ Well, the dark clouds are rollin'♪

♪ My, and I'm standin' out in the rain♪

♪ The water keep on rollin'♪

♪ And it's about to drive poor, old me insane♪

LOVETT:♪ Well, I'm leavin' you, baby♪

♪ You know I'm goin' back home to stay♪

♪ Well, I'm leavin' you, baby♪

♪ And, Lord, I'm goin' back home to stay♪

♪ Back home there ain't no floods or tornados♪

♪ Yeah, and the sun shines every day♪

[Cheers and applause]

LOVETT:♪ Well, I'm leavin' you, baby♪

♪ And, Lord, I'm goin' back home to stay♪

♪ Back home there ain't no floods or tornados♪

♪ Yeah, and the sun shines every day♪

[Cheers and applause]

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