Backstage photo of Matthew McConaughey at Willie Nelson reminds us why he is Austin’s spirit animal

Austin loves McConaughey like McConaughey loves Austin.

Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016.  (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

In the latest installment in the love story between the two, a picture of Matthew McConaughey backstage at Willie Nelson’s ACL show balancing the country music legend’s famed, stuffed armadillo mascot on his knee (donning a burnt orange T-shirt, of course) reminds us of why the actor is basically the city’s mascot.

The picture was posted to a “That’s #SoAustin” Facebook account, and we can’t say we disagree.

McConaughey made a surprise appearance to introduce Nelson ahead of his Sunday ACL set by asking the crowd to give him a “big, badass rowdy hello and welcome.” You know things are about to get “#SoAustin” when McConaughey is your opening act. And that’s alright (alright, alright) with us.

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