- August 15, 2016

Aus10™ Rocks: 10 Amazing Local Acts To Get Your Week Started!


For this week’s weekly playlist, we’ve chosen a variety of Austin bands that will make your week rock! From bands such as Govinda, to John Dee Graham, and Powerburn, we are sure that you will love these 10 Austin acts.

Calvin Russell

Born in Austin, Texas, Calvin Russell joined his first band at 13 called The Caveman. He released his first solo album in 1990 called A Crack in Time. He died in 2011 after battling liver cancer at the age of 62.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson began his career in Austin in 1974 when he joined the group The Electromats. He has since been named “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet” by Guitar Player Magazine.

Sara Hickman

Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman moved to Austin in 1995 and has since released over 15 albums in her career. The Texas State Comission of The Arts named Hickman the Official State Musician in 2010.

Ray Campi

Ray Campi moved to Austin in the 1940’s with his family, and would go onto become known as “The King of Rockabilly.” His trademark is his white double bass, which he sometimes jumps on top of and “rides” while performing.

Arc Attack

ArcAtttack perform their music through a combination of homemade, high-tech, traditional instruments. They auditioned for America’s Got Talent in 2010 in the show’s fifth season.


With relaxing sounds throughout their music, Govinda is a mellow band that every Austinite should know about. With tracks such as “Decadence” there is no better band to start your week off with then Govinda.

Jimmy Dale Gilmore

With songs such as “I Think I’m Going to Go Downtown,” Austin’s Jimmy Dale Gilmore writes exceptional country tunes that will remind listeners of Willie Nelson for his real and honest songwriting.

Jon Dee Graham

Landing a spot on the Ladder 49 soundtrack (2004) Jon Dee Graham is a well-known musical figure around Austin. With songs such as “Big Sweet Life,” you won’t be able to get enough of this local guitarist this week.

Stars of the Lid

Reminding some listeners of Explosions In The Sky, Stars of The Lid are the perfect band to start off your weekend with, allowing you to ease into Monday morning without any problems. Check out the song “A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning (Less) Process” to see what we mean.


Powerburn, a local metal act, will certainly take your energy levels up a notch this week, as they pound their instruments with meaning and passion. Being loud and forceful is what Powerburn is all about and we can’t get enough of their songs.

Featured photo: Eric Johnson, Max Crace

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