Austin Music Icons of the '60s:
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Sonobeat Records
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The beginning of the Austin music scene

(Re)discover the roots of Austin music

Austin in the '60s and '70s

Austin music starts here!

Only in Austin can you find Austin City Limits, SXSW, and an Afro-jazz-to-Zydeco musical night life. In the late '60s and early '70s, Austin music already sizzled with it's unique brand of psychedelic rock, progressive country, and jazz fusion, fueled by 40,000 University of Texas students, a booming high school garage band scene, and the center of Texas government. Here are the roots of Austin music.

Discoveries: Sonobeat in the '70s Artist Spotlight

Rediscovering Cody Hubach

One of the more notable Central Texas folk artists to record with Sonobeat was Cody Hubach, the "Manchaca Troubadour" (Cody grew up in tiny Manchaca, just south of Austin). In 1972, Cody returned to Sonobeat after a 3 year hiatus to record a full album. A renaissance man, Cody was a talented singer, songwriter, and... metal sculptor. Step back 50 years for a peek into Cody's remarkable life.

Sonobeat Milestones

Scan through Sonobeat's history

Sonobeat Records documented the Austin music scene from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, releasing dozens of phonograph records by Austin, Central Texas, and world artists. Sonobeat Milestones is a fun and easy-to-navigate timeline through Sonobeat's history – date-by-date and event-by-event – with quick links to stories of artists Sonobeat recorded. It's like a zipline through Austin music history!

Artists Sonobeat recorded in 1972

Sonobeat Artists now on Digital

  • 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)

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