Bands/Musicians 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 psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as ...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

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Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock Dangerous Toys is an Austin, Texas-based hard rock band with often humorous lyrics. Founded in 1987, Dangerous Toys put out four full-length albums and one live album before unofficially ...more

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the ...more

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Ghostland Observatory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
New Wave, Rock music, Electro Ghostland Observatory is an American music duo based in Austin, Texas. Their music has been described as a combination of electro, rock and funk by Allmusic, and "electro-dance soul ...more

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Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Outlaw country, Americana, Folk music Robert Earl Keen is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the central Texas hill country. Debuting with 1984's No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length ...more

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Larry Gatlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Nashville sound, Country Larry Wayne Gatlin is an American country music singer/songwriter. He is perhaps best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music's ...more

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Nanci Griffith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Folk music, Country Nanci Caroline Griffith is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, reared in Austin, Texas, who currently lives in Nashville.

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Fastball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in 1995. The band originally called themselves "Magneto U.S.A." but changed their name after signing with Hollywood ...more

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Dicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Queercore Dicks are an American punk rock band from Austin, Texas, originally formed in 1980. They initially disbanded in 1986 before reforming in 2004. Dicks are considered influential in introducing the ...more

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Poi Dog Pondering is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Alternative rock Poi Dog Pondering is an American musical group, noted for its cross-pollination of diverse musical genres, including various forms of acoustic and electronic music. Founded in Hawaii in 1984 by ...more

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The Greencards is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country The Greencards are a progressive bluegrass band that formed in Austin, Texas, and are currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded in 2003 in Texas by Eamon McLoughlin, an ...more

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What Made Milwaukee Famous is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Pop rock, Indie rock What Made Milwaukee Famous is an indie rock band from Austin, Texas. In 2005, WMMF performed for Austin City Limits with Franz Ferdinand, making them one of the only unsigned bands to play for ...more

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Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal WatchTower is an American progressive metal band based in Austin, Texas. The band was influenced by late 1970s progressive rock and acts such as Rush and UK, as well as the burgeoning New Wave ...more

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Angela Strehli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Electric blues, Texas blues Angela Strehli is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. She is also a Texas blues historian and impresario. Despite a sporadic recording career, Strehli spends time each year ...more

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock Patricia Jean "Patty" Griffin is an American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and musician. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered on the folk music genre, her ...more

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Kelly Willis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Americana, Alternative country Kelly Willis is an American country music singer-songwriter, whose music has been described as alternative country and new traditionalist.

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At All Cost is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Groove metal, Metalcore At All Cost was an American groove metal/metalcore band from Austin, Texas.

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MDC is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk MDC is an American punk rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1981. The band was subsequently based in San Francisco, California, and are currently based in Portland, Oregon. Originally formed as ...more

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Johnny Goudie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Hard rock John Charles "Johnny" Goudie is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, record producer, actor, and podcaster based in Austin, Texas. During a career that has ...more

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Wayne Hancock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Country, Western swing Wayne "The Train" Hancock is a country musician. Hancock began writing songs at the age of 12, and at 18 won a talent contest called the "Wrangler County Showdown." ...more

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Marcia Ball is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues Marcia Ball is an American blues singer and pianist, born in Orange, Texas who was raised in Vinton, Louisiana. She was described in USA Today as "a sensation, saucy singer and superb ...more

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Monte Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Acoustic music, Pop rock, Blues Monte Montgomery is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter.

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Averse Sefira is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Black metal, Extreme metal, Death metal Averse Sefira was a black metal band from Austin, Texas.

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England Dan & John Ford Coley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock England Dan & John Ford Coley were an American soft rock duo composed of Danny Wayland "England Dan" Seals and John Edward "John Ford" Coley. Native Texans, the duo ...more

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I Love You but I've Chosen Dar... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
Gothic rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness is an indie rock/post-punk revival band originating from Austin, Texas. The band considers themselves instead to be a mix of classic rock and gothic rock. ...more

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The Lucky Strikes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Austin
The Lucky Strikes The Lucky Strikes are a contemporary swing band which achieved mainstream success during the late 1990s swing revival movement. The Lucky Strikes were formed in 1989 by guitarist/vocalist Craig ...more