The Ralph MichaelS Elevators collection
Time travel is possible
Sonobeat Records

The beginning of the Austin music scene

(Re)discover the roots of Austin music

Armadillos and Sonobeat

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.

Austin in the '60s and '70st

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. A truly eclectic label, Sonobeat's story is the collective stories of hundreds of singers, songwriters, and musicians who've made music history in Austin.

Sonobeat recording studio interior

Sonobeat was there at the beginning

Sonobeat's archives – featuring hundreds of original master tape recordings, photographs, and documents stored away for decades and exclusively available here – provide a unique look back into the dynamic and diverse Central Texas music scene from 1967 through 1976, when Austin began to stake its claim as "The Live Music Capital of the World". Join us on a journey back in time.

Happenin's around Sonobeat

Ralph Y. Michaels Elevators Collection

Exclusive 13th Floor Elevators photos

Sonobeat friend and major-league Austin radio and live music fan of the 1960s, Ralph Y. Michaels presents his remarkable never-before-seen Thirteenth Floor Elevators photos – all taken at Austin venues fifty years ago. You know Ralph from his historic KAZZ-FM in-studio candid photos taken in the mid-60s. Now its his 'vators candids and memorabilia, long tucked away in his archives. No, you're not hallucinating.

All the Sonobeat commerial releaes

All the Sonobeat commercial releases

Looking for the complete chronology of Sonobeat's commercial vinyl releases – both singles and albums – during the period 1967 through 1976? We've organized Sonobeat's 24 singles, three regionally-released albums, and two nationally-released albums by year and month. Find 'em all listed at our Release Chronology page, where you're just a click away from more about each of the artists and their recordings.

The Sonobeat Songbook

455 songs from 71 Sonobeat artists

A few years back, we catalogued Sonobeat's archives of more than 200 master tapes, one-by-one, tape-by-tape. However, back then we never counted up all the songs on the tapes. So, now we've rechecked the archives, built a master song list, and created the Sonobeat Songbook. And we've cross-indexed the songs to the Sonobeat artists who recorded them. A perfect compliment to the Sonobeat Who's Who.

'70s Sonobeat Artists you should know

'60s Sonobeat Artists now on iTunes and Amazon