The beginning of the Austin music scene
(Re)discover the roots of Austin music
Visions • the 50th anniversary edition!
A week before Christmas in 1967, Sonobeat Records releases its second rock single, Visions, by Austin supergroup Lavender Hill Express. As January 1968 arrives, Visions already is a hit with Central Texas audiences. Today, in celebration of Visions' 50th anniversary, Sonobeat presents a freshly remastered digital edition. Visions and its flip side Trying To Live A Life are available worldwide on iTunes and on more than a dozen of your favorite digital download and streaming services.
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 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
Back in time 50 years
In 1968, Sonobeat is entering its second year as Austin's only independent record label, releasing eleven 45 RPM stereo singles and its first album. But while the music's playing, Austin, America, and the world are in turmoil – it's the height of the Vietnam War – but it's music that holds the world together and feeds its hunger for peace and love. Take a brief journey with us back to Austin and the world in 1968.
Sonobeat Seasons Greetings
Winter 1967 arrives in Austin, Texas, home of Sonobeat Records, on December 22nd. Sonobeat's barely eight months old and already has four 45 RPM single releases under its belt and is plowing into 1968, which will be its most prolific year of releases. But winter is also when Austin's KAZZ-FM, which has helped spawn Sonobeat, will shutter. Dash back with us to Austin in our new feature, Sonobeat Seasons.
You probably missed these
One of our lesser-known features is our series of quizes challenging your knowledge of Sonobeat and Austin music in the '60s and '70s, where it really doesn't matter if you're wrong, you're right (apologies to the Beatles). Our Pop Quiz is a fun way to discover an epic period in Austin's music history... when Austin is about to become the "Live Music Capital of the World" (but it's already pretty weird).