Sonobeat Records

The beginning of the Austin music scene

(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 or record at any of dozens of world class studios – traces its genealogy directly to the Austin and central Texas music legacies and legends of the '60s and '70s... from psychedelic rock to outlaw country to "New Sincerity" and more, their roots are firmly planted in Austin.

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

Happenin's at Sonobeat

447 songs and 70 artists later...

Although we've long had an inventory of all the songs on the master tapes in Sonobeat's archives, we've never before publicly listed them altogether in one place. Now you can find the "master" list at the Sonobeat Songbook, cross-indexed to the artists who recorded them. A perfect compliment to the Sonobeat Who's Who.

Did you get the Memorandum?

Now available for the first time in 45 years, Plymouth Rock's classic 1969 single Memorandum backed with Just A Start is back, restored, remixed, and remastered from the original session tapes. Available for the first time ever in stereo. Download it now on iTunes, Amazon Digital Music, eMusic, Rhapsody, or XBox.

Jazz to the Third Power, reenergized

Out of print since 1969, Lee Arlano Trio's Jazz to the Third Power is a tour de force romp through classic and pop jazz hits, from The In Crowd to Milestones to Big Noise from Winnetka and more, plus two previously unreleased Arlano tracks. Restored and remastered for iTunes, Amazon Digital Music, eMusic, Rhapsody, and XBox.

'60s Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes