Austin City Limits has announced the 2021 inductees into its Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Lucinda Williams, Wilco, and Alejandro Escovedo make up the new class. There were no 2020 inductees because of the pandemic.
Williams and Wilco have each appeared four times on ACL, the long-running live-music series, while Escovedo has turned in five performances. Williams first appeared on the show in 1990; Wilco made their debut in 2000; and Escovedo took the soundstage in 1983 (with his band Rank and File).
The new members will be inducted in a musical ceremony on October 28th at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin. The induction will be taped for broadcast on PBS later in 2021.
This marks the seventh class of inductees into the ACL Hall of Fame, which was formed in 2014. The inaugural class included Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Lloyd Maines. The most recent inductees were Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, and Shawn Colvin in 2019.
The honor arrives as the latest shot of momentum for Williams, who is recovering from a stroke she suffered in November 2020. She’s expected to make a full recovery and recently performed at a tribute concert to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons in Nashville. Williams will return to the road for a tour with Jason Isbell this summer.