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.
Thanks to the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Beth // James, Stephen Tarleton at Mighty Cone, and Austin City Limits.
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.