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Sonobeat Recording Company
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Sonobeat Recording Company and Sonosong Music Publishing Company were founded in Austin, Texas, in 1967 by Bill Josey Sr. and Bill Josey Jr.

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.

Sonobeat.com offers a deep history and illustrative anecdotes of Sonobeat, Sonosong, and the artists who helped create and shape the Austin music scene.

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Sonobeat.com offers insights into how Sonobeat was formed, grew, and operated. But more than that, Sonobeat.com's exclusive access to Sonobeat's private archives -- including master audio tapes, photographs, and documents long thought lost -- provides a unique retrospective into the diverse and dynamic Central Texas music scene from the mid '60s to the mid '70s, the beginning of Austin's emergence as the live music capital of the world.

Sonobeat recorded artists performing in diverse genres -- rock, blues, gospel, R&B, jazz, country, folk, and even polka. The Sonobeat story features hundreds of talented artists who have made musical history in Austin.

Whether you're newly initiated into Austin's rich musical heritage or were part of its '60s and '70s music scene, Sonobeat.com offers surprises, delights, and dozens of rare sound bites sprinkled throughout.

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We mourn the passing of blues legend Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter died while touring in Europe on Wednesday, July 16th. A blues legend, Johnny recorded his first album with Sonobeat, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. The album featured his signature songs, Rollin' and Tumblin' and Mean Town Blues. A Texas icon passes.

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  Sonobeat jazz now available on the iTunes and AmazonMP3 Stores
  Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s

Remembering Bill Josey Sr.

A look back at the life of Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. (1921-1976) and his contributions to the Central Texas music scene.

Wall of Fame

From 1967 to 1976, Sonobeat recorded hundreds of Central Texas artists. The Wall of Fame presents rare photos of many of those artists. Requires Flash.

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