Austin blooms as a live music center.
The Armadillo World Headquarters opens featuring, among others, Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphy, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Walker was quoted, "I don't live in Texas. I live in Austin."
The Well, under the Teen Challenge ministry was the first venue for live Christin music.
In the 1960s several movements were crisscrossing the nation. The Ecumenical Movement, the Charismatic Movement, and the Jesus People phenomenon were all working to tear down the denominational lines that kept the Body of Christ fractured. In Austin in 1964, Nancy Pickens, a Presbyterian, was attending a Bible study at Saint David's Episcopal Church. The St. David's pastor, Charles Sumners, prayed a simple prayer for a friend of Nancy's who had been fighting a staff infection for weeks, and she was instantly healed. That reality of God's presence and personal involvement started Dick and Nancy Pickens on a journey that touched a lot of what God was doing in the nation at that time. While remaining in the Presbyterian Church, they became involved in the Charismatic movement, were touched by Full Gospel Businessmen, and found themselves drawing together what had always been separate. After being ordained by the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dick worked with Teen Challenge, under the auspices of the Assemblies of God, to help start an off campus ministry called The Well. The Well was a real breakthrough ministry in Austin. Located in an old fraternity house at the corner of 26th and Nueces, The Well was staffed by a diverse group that included a Catholic priest and a variety of Protestants, all with the aim of showing God's love to anyone who needed it. They were one of the first groups to minister to the homeless. The house was open 24/7 to help people high on drugs or down on life. They had live music at their coffee house on Fridays and Saturdays, and a time of worship and teaching on Sundays that didn't conflict with worship in the local churches. So far as we can tell, they were the first live worship music venue in Austin. So through the 70's the Holy Spirit made cracks in the walls that separated parts of His Body, and opened doors to new alliances and to new forms of ministry and worship. Although no one realized what God was doing, not even the people involved, the shift, from the lone warrior and isolated congregations, toward a unified thrust had begun.