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Sonobeat Records

The beginning of the Austin music scene

(Re)discover the roots of Austin music

50th anniversary artist profile

Sweetarts' A Picture Of Me turns 50

In 1967, one of Austin's most popular rock bands, the Sweetarts, launched Sonobeat Records with the stereo 45 RPM single A Picture Of Me. Released the first week of September, the single propelled the band, rookie record label Sonobeat, and Austin's music scene into the national spotlight. Fifty years later, we celebrate the Sweetarts with a freshly remastered digital edition of the single and a special feature celebrating the band and its members. Come celebrate with us!

Tracing the roots of Austin's music scene

Tracing the roots of Austin's music scene

Austin's vibrant music scene today – where you can pick from hundreds of live music performances any night of the week in any genre from Afro-jazz to zydeco – traces its roots directly to the music legends and legacies populating the Austin and Central Texas music scene in the 1960s and '70s. Psychedelic rock, outlaw country, "New Sincerity", and more... all started here. Through its hundreds of audio recordings, Sonobeat is proud to have documented this formative epoch in Austin music.

Welcome to the Sonobeat archives

Welcome to Sonobeat's historical archives

Sonobeat's archives – locked away for decades until Sonobeat Historical Archives first made them exclusively available here in 2004 – hold Sonobeat's hundreds of original master tape recordings, photographs, and documents that provide an evocative flashback to the dynamic and diverse Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin was just beginning to stake its claim as "The Live Music Capital of the World". Join us on a journey back in time.

Happenin's around Sonobeat

Visions 50th anniversary reissue

Visions - the 50th anniversary!

Back in December 1967, Sonobeat released its second rock single, Visions, by Austin supergroup Lavender Hill Express. It was an instant hit with Central Texas audiences. Now, in celebration of Visions' 50th anniversary, Sonobeat presents the super 2017 digitally remastered edition on iTunes and all your other favorite digital download and streaming services. Coming the week of December 18th!

Sonobeat Seasons • Autumn 1967

Sonobeat Seasons Greetings

Autumn 1967. Sonobeat's only four months old and already has two releases under its belt. As the pecan, ash, maple, and live oaks begin to carpet the Austin landscape with multi-colored fall leaves, foundling Sonobeat Records is hard at work recording iconic Austin '60s bands that will yield two autumn releases and set up the ambitious year ahead. Take a 50 year flashback with Sonobeat Seasons • Autumn 1967.

Somobeat's Who's Who

Everyone Sonobeat recorded

From 1967 to 1976, Sonobeat recorded hundreds of Austin, Central Texas, national, and international singers, songwriters, and musicians. Since launching in 2004, we've continuously mined the Sonobeat archives and connected with members of the acts Sonobeat recorded and their families and friends to compile an up-to-date list of the legends who make up Sonobeat's Who's Who.

All the Artists Sonobeat recorded in 1967

'60s Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes and Amazon