Home with the Armadillo: The Austin Sound, with a Side of Nachos

A poster advertising the grand opening of the Armadillo World Headquarters in August 1970.

Austin, Texas, calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World. Back in the 1970s, country music mixed with rock-and-roll to create the “Austin sound.” Its cradle was the Armadillo World Headquarters, where the so-called hippies and rednecks came together over cold beer, cheap nachos, and cosmic cowboy sounds. Reporter Ryan Katz looks at the history of the Dillo and its legacy in Austin today.

Van Morrison performs at the Dillo, 1974. Photo by Burton Wilson.
A poster for the 1972 Willie Nelson concert that would put the Dillo on the map.
Music for this episode is by Weldon Henson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, and Shiva’s Headband.
Images from the South Austin Popular Culture Center.