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(Re)discover the roots of Austin music

Today's Austin music has its roots in '60s and '70s Austin music

Austin's vibrant music scene – where today 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 who populated the Austin and Central Texas music scene in the '60s and '70s. Psychedelic rock, outlaw country, "New Sincerity", and more... all started here.

Take a tour of Austin's music scene in the '60s and '70s

As an integral seed of the Austin music revolution that began in the mid-'60s, Sonobeat Records' prodigious output introduced Johnny Winter, Eric Johnson, Rusty Wier, the Afro-Caravan, and dozens of other luminary Texas musicians to the world. A truly eclectic label, Sonobeat's story is the collective stories of hundreds of singers, songwriters, and musicians who've made music history in Austin.

The story of Austin's music heritage through Sonobeat's Eyes and Ears

Sonobeat's archives – featuring hundreds of original master tape recordings, photographs, and documents stored away for decades and exclusively available here – provide a unique look back into the dynamic and diverse Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin began to stake its claim as "The Live Music Capital of the World". Join us on a journey back in time.

Happenin's at Sonobeat

451 songs from 71 artists over 9 years...

Back in 2008, we painstakingly cataloged Sonobeat's master tapes archives, one-by-one, tape-by-tape. However, we never actually counted up all the songs on the tapes. So, recently we went back through our catalog and built a "master" list to create the Sonobeat Songbook. And we cross-indexed the songs to the Sonobeat artists who recorded them. A perfect compliment to the Sonobeat Who's Who.

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 Sonobeat Artists Release Chronology page, where you're just a click away from more about each of the artists.

How Sonobeat built its own audio mixers

When Sonobeat was a struggling startup in 1967, its founders couldn't afford professional microphones, tape recorders, or audio mixer. Although it borrowed microphones and tape recorders at first, it built its own 6-input mixer. And then went on to build two more, including a sophisticated 16-input console rivaling those in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville studios. Here's the story.

'70s Sonobeat Artists you should know

'60s Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes and Amazon