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List of Famous Bands from Austin

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List of Austin bands, listed by their level of fame. This Austin musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Austin bands are included, as well as many Austin musicians of underground status. This list of Austin musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Austin bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

Examples include Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Austin?" or "What is a list of Austin bands?" then this list will answer your questions. {#nodes}
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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues...  more

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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  • 3

    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana
    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,...  more

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  • 4

    Iron & Wine

    Folk music, Folk rock
    Iron () is a chemical element with symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum) and atomic number 26. It is...  more

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  • 5

    Meat Puppets

    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
    Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's...  more

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    Lucinda Williams

    Americana, Heartland rock
    Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country...  more

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    Third-wave of ska, Garage rock
    Spoon is an American rock band formed in Austin, Texas. The band is composed of Britt Daniel;...  more
  • 8

    Butthole Surfers

    Noise rock, Rock music
    Butthole Surfers are an American rock band formed by singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul...  more

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  • 9

    Townes Van Zandt

    Outlaw country, Folk music
    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was...  more

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  • 10

    Explosions in the Sky

    Shoegazing, Rock music
    Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played...  more

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    The Chicks

    Country pop, Pop music
    The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are an American country pop group composed of...  more

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  • 12

    Eric Johnson

    New Age, Rock music
    Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and...  more

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  • 13

    Jimmie Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Electric blues
    Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan (born March 20, 1951, Oak Cliff, Dallas County, Texas, United States)...  more

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  • 14

    The Fabulous Thunderbirds

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds are an American blues rock band formed in Texas in 1974....  more

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  • 15

    Christopher Cross

    Pop music, Yacht Rock
    Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American...  more

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  • 16

    The Black Angels

    Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia
    The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released...  more

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  • 17

    Charlie Sexton

    Rock music, Folk music
    Charles Wayne Sexton (born August 11, 1968) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter....  more
  • 18

    Blue October

    Rock music, Piano rock
    Blue October is an American alternative rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was...  more

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  • 19

    Asleep at the Wheel

    Country, Western swing
    Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West...  more
  • 20
    …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are an American alternative rock band from Austin,...  more

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  • 21

    Shawn Colvin

    Rock music, Folk music
    Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While...  more
  • 22

    The Sword

    Doom metal, Rock music
    The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is...  more
  • 23

    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock
    The 13th Floor Elevators is an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and...  more

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  • 24

    Alejandro Escovedo

    Chicano rock, Heartland rock
    Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican-American rock...  more
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    Okkervil River

    Folk rock, Alternative rock