Faces of Austin #11: The Virtuoso, Thor Harris

As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.


Thor Harris is a drummer, artist, woodworker and iconic Austinite best known for his work with bands like Shearwater, Bill Callahan and The Swans. The La Porte, Texas native moved to Austin in 1985 to attend art school, but dropped out after finding his “tribe” amidst the city’s hodgepodge of aspiring musicians. “This was very much the Austin of Slacker,” Harris says. “Lots of smart people doing weird things with no regard for monetizing their obsession.” A few decades later, he still sees the city as a creative oasis. “I think that’s why newcomers and tech companies want to live here, too. They want to live around us because we make cool stuff.” Look out for Harris’ next project, Chain Letter, a book of letters and drawings from his time touring on the road.


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