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  • Hula Hut

    3825 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin
    A tropical Texas paradise... right here in Austin since 1993, The Hula Hut overlooks beautiful Lake …Read More

  • Nanami Sushi Bar

    9001 Brodie Lane #B-1 , Austin
    "Spearheaded" by three sisters who grew up working in their uncle's restaurants, Nanami (translating…Read More

  • Sams Town Point

    2115 Allred drive, Austin
    We are a live music venue that's been an Austin staple for over 28 years now. Tuesdays-open mic. Wed…Read More

  • Satellite

    5900 W Slaughter Ln, Austin
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  • Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

    5425 Steiner Ranch Blvd, , Austin
    Steiner Ranch as we know it today got its start with a man by the name of T.C. Buck Steiner. Buck wa…Read More

  • The Tavern

    922 West 12th Street, Austin
    The Tavern is a great sports bar with over 52 televisions. At the Tavern you are able to enjoy every…Read More

  • Union Park Restaurant & Bar

    612 W. 6th Street, Austin
    Union Park is a 21+ venue and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. …Read More

  • Zax

    312 Barton Springs Road, Austin
    Great Ambiance,Vaulted ceilings,& lots of windows,& Great service, along with a palate of cream colo…Read More

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Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Willie Nelson

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Willie Nelson was not an American icon.

In the early '70s, Nelson was best-known for writing hits for other people. The Abbott, Texas native had a successful career as a Nashville songwriter ("Crazy," "Hello Walls," "Night Life," etc.) but had not yet achieved recognition under his own name. In 1974 all that would change. With the release of 1973's Shotgun Willie and 1974's Phases and Stages, two imaginative and successful LPs, the stage was set for his career to take off.

Then on October 17, 1974, Willie and his Family band entered Studio 6A to record the pilot for Austin City Limits. Broadcast as part of the national pledge drive in March 1975, the show was one of the top programs on PBS that year, securing a future for ACL as a series.

Willie has appeared on the show 16 times, with six headlining slots (most recently in 2009), seven songwriters specials and three guest appearances with Johnny Rodriguez, Roger Miller and Asleep at the Wheel. Not only is he the artist who launched Austin City Limits, he's also one of our most frequent - and favorite - guests.

For more, visit: http://www.acltv.com/hall-of-fame/
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