Sonobeat History • 1972


Cody Hubach, who records an unreleased album with Sonobeat in 1972

Sonobeat's tough times bleed over from 1971 and escalate during the beginning of 1972, forcing co-founder Bill Josey Sr. to continue to offer out his North Lamar studios for custom work. Although he continues to develop talent he hopes to release on Sonobeat Records or sell to national labels, there are no Sonobeat releases during the year. Country-folk artist Cody Hubach, who records an unreleased single with Sonobeat in '69, returns to record a full-length album in '72 featuring a mix of original songs and covers of songs by other Austin singer/songwriters, but Cody's album also goes unreleased.

In mid-year, Bill begins recording in quadraphonic format, initially with a studio band he hand-picks and names Base, but the quad recordings are purely experimental and not intended for release. Other acts recording potential Sonobeat releases during 1972 include Pleasant Street Band from Indianapolis, Michele Murphy from nearby Liberty Hill, Texas, and Austin's Tommy Hill & the Country Music Revue. The personal and professional disappointments of the three preceding years have finally taken their toll, and Bill has no choice but to focus on custom work, for which he charges an hourly studio rate, to make ends meet. Something has to change, but it won't be until 1973 that positive change begins.