The beginning of the Austin music scene
Explore Austin music 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.
Our exclusive access to Sonobeat's private archives – Sonobeat's original master tape recordings, photographs, and documents – provides a unique look back to the diverse and dynamic Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin first staked its claim to "Live Music Capital of the World".
A truly eclectic label, Sonobeat recorded diverse genres – from rock to blues to jazz to country, and more. The Sonobeat story features dozens of talented artists who've made music history in Austin.
Whether you're newly initiated into Austin's rich musical heritage or were part of its '60s and '70s music scene, we offer stories and rare sound bites that will take you back almost 50 years.
Through Sonobeat's eyes and ears, step back in time to revisit artists who helped create and shape today's Austin music scene.
Sonobeat was an Austin, Texas, record company in the 1960s and 1970s. The History menu at the top of any page takes you to a year-by-year timeline of the Sonobeat story, starting in 1964.
The Artists drop-down menu at the top of each page takes you directly to any specific artist page or to the main artist page, where you can sort on select categories or directly select a specific artist Sonobeat recorded. If you're looking for a specific individual, check our the alphabetical who's who listing of every known singer, songwriter, and musician who recorded with Sonobeat as part of a band, combo, or duet or as a solo act.
Sonobeat's vinyl singles and albums have been out of print for almost four decades. You may be able to find a rare copy on eBay or record collector auction sites. And, we're rolling out digitally restored and remastered reissues of select Sonobeat recordings, starting with Sonobeat releases from back in the '60s. The first reissues were in 2014, via the iTunes and Amazon Digital Music stores, there are two more coming this month, and still more are on the way. If there's a digital reissue available, there's a link on the specific artist page.
In memoriam: Austin music legend Leonard Arnold (1943-2015)
We mourn the passing of friend and Austin music legend Leonard Arnold, who recorded with Sonobeat in 1967-'68 as a founding member of Lavender Hill Express and again in 1971 as one-third of Phoenix. Consumate musician and songwriter, Leonard was an influential figure in the birth of Austin's progressive country movement.
Now available: Plymouth Rock's 1969 single Memorandum and Just A Start
Now available for the first time in 45 years, Sonobeat Historical Archives is proud to reissue Plymouth Rock's classic 1969 single Memorandum and Just A Start, restored, remixed, and remastered in stereo from the original session tapes. Get it on iTunes and Amazon Digital Music. And soon on eMusic, Rhapsody, and XBox.
Just out: Vicki Welch Ayo's bio of Stacy Sutherland
New to our bookshelf: Stacy Sutherland: Down the Rabbit Hole, Vicki's Welch Ayo's bio of 13th Floor Elevators' terminally troubled guitarist. Uniquely told through correspondence exchanged between Elevators fan Roy Waidler and the band members and their families, this is a story of lives spun out of control.