All treats, no tricks here!
Sonobeat wishes you a happy
Halloween season!
Sonobeat Records
I The bat isn't just associated with witches, flying brooms, cauldrons, and Halloween. Sonobeat's hometown, Austin, Texas, also is home to the world's largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, who roost by day under the Congress Avenue bridge spanning the Colorado River and perform amazing aerial acrobatics every evening. Austin's bats are a "can't miss" attraction.

The beginning of the Austin music scene

(Re)discover the roots of Austin music

Austin in the '60s and '70s

The roots of today's 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... are all rooted here.

Armadillos and bluebonnets and SOnobeat Records

Tour Austin's music scene in the '60s and '70s

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. The Sonobeat story is the collective stories of hundreds of singers, songwriters, and musicians who made music history in Austin.

Pop Quiz

Test your Austin music history knowledge

OK, time to test your knowledge. If you grew up in Central Texas in the '60s or '70s, or if you're an Austin music history buff, we challenge you. Four sets of questions about Austin and Central Texas music spanning the period 1967 to 1976 plus three tough bonus questions, including a new question for 2021. Yep, time for a Sonobeat Pop Quiz!

All the Artists Sonobeat recorded in 1971

Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes and Apple Music

  • The Conqueroo

    The classic psyched-out single (1968)
    Restored and remastered (2020)

  • Lavender Hill Express

    Austin '60s super-group's first single (1967)
    50th anniversary reissue (2017)

  • The Conqueroo

    Psych-rock single (1968)
    Restored and remastered (2020)

  • Plymouth Rock

    The classic rock single (1969)
    50th anniversary reissue (2019)

  • Lavender Hill Express

    Austin '60s super-group's second single (1968)
    50th anniversary reissue (2018)

  • Lee Arlano Trio

    The classic pop jazz album (1968)
    Restored and remastered (2014)

  • Johnny Winter

    Johnny's first album (1969)
    Capitol Records remastered edition (2005)

  • Lavender Hill Express

    Austin '60s super-group's first single (1967)
    50th anniversary reissue (2017)

  • Sweetarts

    Sonobeat's first single release (1967)
    50th anniversary reissue (2017)

  • Lee Arlano Trio

    Sonobeat's first jazz single (1967)
    Restored and remastered (2014)

  • Sweetarts

    Sonobeat's first single "B" side (1967)
    50th anniversary reissue (2017)

Sonobeat Features Spotlight