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Sonobeat Records

The beginning of the Austin music scene

(Re)discover the roots of Austin music


Sonobeat celebrates 50 years (1967-2017)

An integral seed of the Austin music revolution that began in the mid-1960s, Sonobeat's prodigious output introduced Johnny Winter, Eric Johnson, Rusty Wier, the Afro-Caravan, and dozens of other luminary Texas musicians to the world. Sonobeat's story is the collective stories of hundreds of singers, songwriters, and musicians who've made music history in Austin. Throughout 2017, we celebrate Sonobeat's 50th anniversary with new features, starting with a look back at 1967.

Tracing the roots of Austin's music scene

Tracing the roots of Austin's music scene

Austin's vibrant music scene today – where you can pick from hundreds of live music performances any night of the week in any genre from Afro-jazz to zydeco – traces its genealogy directly to the music legends and legacies populating the Austin and Central Texas music scene in the 1960s and '70s. Psychedelic rock, outlaw country, "New Sincerity", and more... are all rooted here. Through its hundreds of audio recordings, Sonobeat is proud to have documented this formative epoch in Austin music.

Sonobeat was there at the beginning

Sonobeat's vault is open

Sonobeat's archives – locked away for decades until Sonobeat Historical Archives first made them exclusively available here in 2004 – hold Sonobeat's hundreds of original master tape recordings, photographs, and documents that provide an evocative flashback to the dynamic and diverse Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin was just beginning to stake its claim as "The Live Music Capital of the World". Join us on a journey back in time.

Happenin's around Sonobeat

50th anniversary artist profile

Sweetarts: 50th anniversary artist profile

Who are the guys whose single launched Sonobeat Records in 1967? The Sweetarts. Take a trip back in time to celebrate one of Austin's most loved rock bands of the mid-'60s. Dwight Dow, Mike Galbraith, Ernie Gammage, Tom Van Zandt, and Pat Whitefield delivered a great rock single, A Picture of Me, that defines the roots of Austin rock. Oh, and the flip side, Without You, foreshadowed Austin's progressive country movement of the '70s.

All the Sonobeat commerial releaes

All the Sonobeat commercial releases

Looking for the complete chronology of Sonobeat's commercial vinyl releases – both singles and albums – during the period 1967 through 1976? We've organized Sonobeat's 24 singles, three regionally-released albums, and two nationally-released albums by year and month. Find 'em all listed at our Release Chronology page, where you're just a click away from more about each of the artists and their recordings.

The Sonobeat Songbook

Everyone Sonobeat recorded (as far as we know)

From 1967 to 1976, Sonobeat recorded hundreds of Austin, Central Texas, national, and international singers, songwriters, and musicians. Since launching Sonobeat.com in 2004, we've continuously mined the Sonobeat archives and connected with members of the acts Sonobeat recorded and their families and friends to compile an up-to-date list of the legends who make up Sonobeat's Who's Who.

All the Artists Sonobeat recorded in 1967

'60s Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes and Amazon