The beginning of the Austin music scene
(Re)discover the roots of Austin music
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.
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.
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!