Sheryl Crow and Joe Ely to be Inducted into ACL Hall Of Fame
The two trailblazing icons will be honored at ACL Live at The Moody Theater this week
By Leslie Lehman
Photos by Brittany Dawn Short
Crow and Ely will be honored for the significant impacts they have made as multi-genre pioneers in the music industry. Crow is highly regarded for her innovation in pop, rock and country, while Ely is known for developing a signature blend of honky-tonk, country and rock ‘n’ roll music.
Throughout Crow’s astounding three-decade career, she has made multiple appearances on Austin City Limits, including her debut in 1997. Ely has also headlined the venue and made a number of guest appearances on the show over the years.
Crow’s first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, was released in 1993. The following year, the singer-songwriter won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, and now has nine Grammys from 32 nominations in total. Crow prioritizes collaboration in her career and continues to evolve along with her music as she aims to inspire younger generations.
“The passion and ability of our young people to dig deep and express themselves energizes and encourages me endlessly,” says Crow, “It thrills me to see their passion and will to change the world.”
Ely has been a pioneer of alt-country, or alternative country rock, Texas country and Americana over several decades. The Texas native has also written several books and recently became the first musician to be honored by the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. This year, Ely was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame, showing that many years into his illustrious career, Ely is deeply loved by many Texans.
The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, established in 2014, celebrates musicians and performers who have played a pivotal role in the music series’ run of nearly 50 years.
“I first played Austin City Limits back in 1980. It was more a local show then, but it kept getting a wider and wider audience,” says Ely. “It’s since become one of the most important live performance shows on television simply because they’ve always maintained the highest quality production and brought in great talent. I’m really honored to be part of that history, and I’m humbled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
All proceeds from the event will benefit Austin PBS, a nonprofit educational organization. While tickets are nearly sold out, you can be sure to watch highlights from the ceremony on PBS later this year as a part of Austin City Limits’ 47th season.