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Since the early seventies, Scott Newton has artfully chronicled and captured the iconic moments of Austin’s music scene. His work spans Austin musical history continuously from 1970 on, longer than anyone else working the Austin music scene. Showcasing these legendary moments, Newton’s striking photographs bring music to life and can be seen in each of W Austin’s guest rooms.

Each print has a story. Whether it’s Willie Nelson running in a race, Jimmy Buffet drinking a beer or Merle Haggard performing at Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic, Scott was there to capture all the remarkable (and sometimes emotional) moments that made these famous musicians who they are today. 

Other notable greats that line the wall in W Austin’s guest rooms collection include Elvis Costello, Mick Jagger, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, plus many more from the 70s and early 80s.

Check-in to see what photo is in your room here.


Scott has been the official photographer of Austin City Limits since 1979. Before that, he served as house photographer for the Austin Opera House.

His work can also be seen throughout Austin at the Keller­-Pfluger Gallery at the Moody Theater, etc. In 2010, Scott’s Austin City Limits photographs were exhibited for six months at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Need a great gift for the music lover? Scott has published several books to his name including Austin City Limits—A History in Photographs and more recent, "Austin City Limits -- A Monument to Music". Feel free to also take a look through his ACL galleries, which can be purchased, or take a glance at his signed fine art at the Modern Rocks Gallery. Definitely worth a look.

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Jimmy Buffett

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Independence Day

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Ernest Tubb

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Photo by Scott Newton feat. Elvis Costello