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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. (320 items)
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin, + more

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. After ...more

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying, + more

Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in ...more

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Outlaw country, Americana & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman, Last of the Breed, The Red Headed Stranger, + more

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Folk music, Folk rock & Indie folk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Shepherd's Dog, The Creek Drank the Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days, Kiss Each Other Clean, In the Reins, + more

Iron () is a chemical element with symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum) and atomic number 26. It is a metal, that belongs to the first transition series and group 8 of the periodic table. It is by ...more

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Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Meat Puppets II, Too High to Die, Up on the Sun, Golden Lies, Sewn Together, + more

Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar/vocals), ...more

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears, Sweet Old World, West, + more

Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and musician. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a ...more

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Spoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Kill the Moonlight, Gimme Fiction, Girls Can Tell, A Series of Sneaks, + more

Spoon is an American rock band formed in Austin, Texas. The band is composed of Britt Daniel; Jim Eno; Rob Pope, Eric Harvey, and Alex Fischel.

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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Electriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd, + more

Butthole Surfers are an American rock band formed by singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas, in 1981. The band has had numerous personnel changes, but its core lineup ...more

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Outlaw country, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, A Far Cry From Dead, For the Sake of the Song, Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971 - 1972, Delta Momma Blues, + more

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote numerous songs, such as "Pancho and Lefty", ...more

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Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, Love Happens, Travels in Constants, Volume 21: The Rescue, How Strange, + more

Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played under the name Breaker Morant, then changed to the current name in 1999. The band has garnered ...more

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Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Taking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces, Fly, There's Your Trouble, + more

Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in ...more

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Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: New Age, Rock music & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ah Via Musicom, Venus Isle, Makin Whoopie, Tones, Souvenir, + more

Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His 1990 album Ah Via Musicom was certified platinum by the RIAA, and the single ...more

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Jimmie Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Blues-rock, Electric blues & Jazz blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Strange Pleasure, Do You Get the Blues?, Out There, Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites, + more

Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan (born March 20, 1951, Oak Cliff, Dallas County, Texas, United States) is an American blues rock guitarist and singer based in Austin, Texas. He is the older brother of ...more

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The Fabulous Thunderbird... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Hot Number, Girl's Go Wild, Different Tacos, Butt Rockin', The Best of the Fabulous Thunderbirds: Early Birds Special, + more

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are an American blues rock band formed in Texas in 1974.

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Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Pop music, Yacht Rock & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christopher Cross, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Red Room, The Very Best of Christopher Cross, Cross Words: The Best of Christopher Cross, + more

Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. Cross won five Grammy Awards for his eponymous debut album released in ...more

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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Passover, Phosphene Dream, Directions to See a Ghost, Indigo Meadow, Another Nice Pair, + more

The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song ...more

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Charlie Sexton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pictures for Pleasure, Charlie Sexton, Cruel and Gentle Things, The Best of Charlie Sexton: The Millennium Collection, Southside Sessions

Charles Wayne Sexton (born August 11, 1968) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Sexton is best known for the 1985 solo hit "Beat's So Lonely" and for his work with the ...more
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Blue October is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: History for Sale, Approaching Normal, Consent to Treatment, Any Man in America, Foiled, + more

Blue October is an American alternative rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1995 and currently consists of Justin Furstenfeld (lead vocals, guitar), Jeremy ...more

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Asleep at the Wheel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all, Tribute to the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Live at Billy Bob's Texas, Still Swingin', + more

Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but is based in Austin, Texas. Altogether, they have won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 ...more
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...And You Will Know Us ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Worlds Apart, So Divided, Source Tags & Codes, Madonna, Lost Songs, + more

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are an American alternative rock band from Austin, Texas. The chief members of the band are Jason Reece and Conrad Keely. The two switch between ...more

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Shawn Colvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Rock music and Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Steady On, A Few Small Repairs, Whole New You, Holiday Songs and Lullabies, These Four Walls, + more

Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While Colvin has been a solo recording artist for nearly 30 years, she is perhaps best known for her 1997 ...more
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The Sword is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: Gods of the Earth, Age of Winters, Warp Riders, The Sword/Witchcraft split, Apocryphon, + more

The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is composed of vocalist and guitarist John "J. D." Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan ...more
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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: The Psychadelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Bull of the Woods, The Psychedelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators, The Albums Collection, Easter Everywhere, + more

The 13th Floor Elevators is an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, which ...more

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Alejandro Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Genre: Chicano rock, Heartland rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: By the Hand of the Father, The Boxing Mirror, Thirteen Years, Gravity, With These Hands, + more

Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter, and singer, who has been recording and touring since the late 1970s. His ...more

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Okkervil River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

Albums: The Stage Names, Black Sheep Boy, Julie Doiron / Okkervil River, Overboard & Down, Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See, + more