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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.

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more
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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is ...more
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more
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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk
Samuel Beam, better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few ...more
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Meat Puppets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Grunge, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood, his brother Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom. The Kirkwood ...more
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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
Lucinda Williams is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received ...more
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Spoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Third-wave of ska, Garage rock, Alternative rock
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
Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981. The band has had numerous personnel changes, but its core lineup of Haynes, Leary, ...more
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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country
John Townes Van Zandt I, best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are ...more
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Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock
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
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
Dixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including alternative country. The band is composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and ...more
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Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Eric Johnson is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, ...more
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Jimmie Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Jazz blues
Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan is an American blues rock guitarist and singer based in Austin, Texas. He is the older brother of the late Texas blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Several notable ...more
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Blues-rock, Rock music, Texas blues
The Fabulous Thunderbirds is an American, Grammy-nominated blues rock band, formed in 1974.
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Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock
Christopher Cross is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammy Awards. He is perhaps best known for his US Top Ten hit songs, "Ride Like ...more
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The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
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
Rock music, Folk music, Blues
Charles Wayne Sexton is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter best known for the 1985 hit "Beat's So Lonely," as the guitarist for Bob Dylan's backing band from 1999 to 2002, ...more
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Blue October is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Rock music, Piano rock, Experimental rock
Blue October are an American alternative rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1995 and currently consists of Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan ...more
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Asleep at the Wheel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Country, Western swing
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 by the... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Noise rock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
…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
Rock music, Folk music
Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician widely known for her Grammy-winning 1997 single "Sunny Came Home."
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The Sword is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Doom metal, Rock music, Viking metal
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
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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
Chicano rock, Heartland rock, Alternative rock
Alejandro Escovedo is a Mexican American singer-songwriter.
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Okkervil River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Folk rock, Alternative rock, Alternative country
Okkervil River is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. They self-released their first ...more