On Oct. 25, the hallowed PBS program Austin City Limits inducted three pioneering artists -- Roy Orbison, Roseanne Cash and The Neville Brothers -- into its Hall of Fame. This New Year's Eve, audiences nationwide will have a chance to watch the induction ceremony, which will include performances and tributes from Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Trombone Shorty, the Nevilles Band and host Chris Isaak.
The 2017 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions & Celebration Special will air on PBS stations across the country on Dec. 31 (check your local listings for the time and station). In addition to the aforementioned artists, the fourth annual ACL HOF class includes the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, which led to the creation of PBS and NPR.
The new Hall of Fame inductees are richly deserving of the honor. The late Roy Orbison possessed one of the most memorable voices in music history and hits like "Only The Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman" are among the most iconic songs in the rock 'n' roll cannon. Rosanne Cash stepped out of the inimitable shadow of her father Johnny Cash to write her own chapter of music history, one that includes 11 No. 1 singles and multiple Grammy Awards. And The Neville Brothers are among the most important and influential artists in the history of New Orleans, as their swampy funk helped define the sound of one of America's great musical communities.
Along with the landmark Public Broadcasting Act, the honorees at this year's event have helped sculpt the sound of the South and inform the diffuse yet distinct sensibilities of Austin City Limits. Be sure to tune into your local PBS station for the 2017 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions & Celebration Special on New Year's Eve and watch the videos above and below to learn even more about these iconic artists and their legacies.