The beginning of the Austin music scene
(Re)discover the roots of Austin music
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 sizzles with it's own 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.
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 metal sculptor, singer, and songwriter. Step back 50 years for a bit of Cody's remarkable life.
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's music history!