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List of Famous Bands from Austin

Updated June 14, 2019 94.2k views320 items

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.

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  • 1
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsPearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin

    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsCouldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying

    Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana

    AlbumsHeroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman, Last of the Breed, The Red Headed Stranger

    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Iron & Wine

    Folk music, Folk rock

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

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

    Meat Puppets

    Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

    AlbumsMeat Puppets II, Too High to Die, Up on the Sun, Golden Lies, Sewn Together

    Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Lucinda Williams

    Americana, Heartland rock

    AlbumsCar Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears, Sweet Old World, West

    Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Spoon

    Third-wave of ska, Garage rock

    AlbumsGa Ga Ga Ga Ga, Kill the Moonlight, Gimme Fiction, Girls Can Tell, A Series of Sneaks

    Spoon is an American rock band formed in Austin, Texas. The band is composed of Britt Daniel;... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Butthole Surfers

    Noise rock, Rock music

    AlbumsElectriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician, Independent Worm Saloon, Piouhgd

    Butthole Surfers are an American rock band formed by singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Townes Van Zandt

    Outlaw country, Folk music

    AlbumsThe 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

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

    Explosions in the Sky

    Shoegazing, Rock music

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

    Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    The Chicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    The Chicks

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsTaking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces, Fly, There's Your Trouble

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  • 12
    Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Eric Johnson

    New Age, Rock music

    AlbumsAh Via Musicom, Venus Isle, Makin Whoopie, Tones, Souvenir

    Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Jimmie Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Jimmie Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Electric blues

    AlbumsStrange Pleasure, Do You Get the Blues?, Out There, Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites

    Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan (born March 20, 1951, Oak Cliff, Dallas County, Texas, United States)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    The Fabulous Thunderbirds

    Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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

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  • 15
    Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Christopher Cross

    Pop music, Yacht Rock

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

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

    The Black Angels

    Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

    AlbumsPassover, Phosphene Dream, Directions to See a Ghost, Indigo Meadow, Another Nice Pair

    The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Charlie Sexton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Charlie Sexton

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsPictures 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.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Blue October is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Blue October

    Rock music, Piano rock

    AlbumsHistory for Sale, Approaching Normal, Consent to Treatment, Any Man in America, Foiled

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

    Asleep at the Wheel

    Country, Western swing

    AlbumsMerry Texas Christmas, Y'all, Tribute to the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Live at Billy Bob's Texas, Still Swingin'

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  • 20
    ...And You Will Know Us by the is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    AlbumsWorlds Apart, So Divided, Source Tags & Codes, Madonna, Lost Songs

    …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are an American alternative rock band from Austin,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Shawn Colvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Shawn Colvin

    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsSteady On, A Few Small Repairs, Whole New You, Holiday Songs and Lullabies, These Four Walls

    Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    The Sword is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    The Sword

    Doom metal, Rock music

    AlbumsGods of the Earth, Age of Winters, Warp Riders, The Sword/Witchcraft split, Apocryphon

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  • 23
    13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock

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

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  • 24
    Alejandro Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Alejandro Escovedo

    Chicano rock, Heartland rock

    AlbumsBy the Hand of the Father, The Boxing Mirror, Thirteen Years, Gravity, With These Hands

    Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican-American rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Okkervil River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin

    Okkervil River

    Folk rock, Alternative rock

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

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