Austin’s musical history runs deep and wide, and throughout the summer the Austin Music Map will be documenting the bygone venues that helped build the city’s reputation as a music town.
Whether it’s old honky-tonks like the Split Rail, chitlin’ circuit mainstays like Charlie’s Playhouse, Tejano ballrooms like The Rockin’ M, or punk dives like Raul’s, we’re exploring the places where the Austin live music scene was born.
We’re also capturing memories and mementos of more ephemeral musical experiences, like Lead Belly’s final performance in UT’s Gregory Gym in 1949 or Willie Nelson’s famous show in the repair bay of McMorris Ford in the early 1970s.
We need your help documenting this history! Share stories and memories by calling our hotline at 512-861-8266. Your voice might end up on-air. And if you have old performance photographs or videos, upload them to our interactive website. Together, we can build an archive of Austin’s musical past.
Tune in to KUTX to hear musicians reminisce about their favorite places throughout the summer months. And check out a few of our current favorites down below.