University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bruce Sheehan Music Collection, 1983-2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sheehan, Bruce
Title: Sheehan, Bruce, Music Collection
Dates: 1983-2016
Abstract: The Bruce Sheehan Music Collection, 1983-2016, contains full length LPs, 45 RPM singles, compact discs, sound reels (audiocassettes and reel to reels), DVDs, and musician and business files.
Accession No.: 2016-135
OCLC No.: 957556637
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Bruce Sheehan, a music collector, former owner of the record store Treasured Tracs, and founder of the independent recording label Jungle Records, got his first taste of music production in 1981, when he worked with the Austin-based punk band The Stains (aka MDC, or Million Dead Cops). At that time, he was also immersed in the local roots rock revival movement, and that passion would serve as the inspiration and impetus for establishing Jungle Records. The label's first release was The LeRoi Brothers Check this Action in 1983. Sheehan worked in many different capacities under the Jungle Records umbrella, supporting several notable musical artists, including The Commandos, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, The Killer Bees, and the Wild Seeds, among others. In 1986, Jungle Records artist Big Guitars from Texas was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, alongside Austin legend Stevie Ray Vaughan (the award went to Jeff Beck). Sheehan ran Jungle Records from 1983-1990, and the label reemerged in the 2000s with digital re-releases of several recordings.

Sheehan also worked for South by Southwest (SXSW) from 1987-1997, serving as co-director, and manager of merchandise. He has also been a panelist and speaker on different occasions, offering advice on independent music publishing. Additionally, he was a board member for the Austin Chapter of the Texas Music Association from 1988-1989. In 2012, Sheehan founded Jungle Entertainment, LLC, a music management firm.


"Jungle Bruce’s Biography," Jungle Entertainment, LLC (2013), accessed April 29, 2016.

Scope and Contents

The Bruce Sheehan Music Collection, 1983-2016, contains full length LPs, 45 RPM singles, compact discs, sound reels (audiocassettes and reel to reels), DVDs, and musician and business files. Bands included in this collection are The Big Guitars of Texas, The Commandos, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, The Killer Bees, The LeRoi Brothers, Mamou, and The Wild Seeds. The LPs, sound reels, and compact discs represent the artistic work created through Jungle Records, and the files are comprised of promotional and press materials, including photographs, which document the business interests of Jungle Records. Some files contain 45 RPM singles or DVDs.



The materials in the Bruce Sheehan Music Collection are arranged by format (LPs, compact discs and business files), and then alphabetically by artist.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sheehan, Bruce -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Commandos (Musical group).
Jungle Records.
Killer Bees (Musical group).
LeRoi Brothers.
Mamou (Musical group).
South by Southwest Music and Media Conference.
Wild Seeds (Musical group).
Music business -- Texas -- Austin.
Music trade -- Texas -- Austin.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also SXSW, Inc. Records at the Austin History Center.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bruce Sheehan Music Collection, 1983-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, May 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2E1015 Musician files
Big Guitars from Texas
Includes 45 single Psycho
Evan Johns [and the H-Bombs]
Includes the compact disc Live Texas Radio
Killer Bees
Includes 45 single Groovin'
LeRoi Brothers
Includes 45 single Ain't I'm a Dog
True Believers
Includes compact disc single Dedication
Wild Seeds
Music files
Grammy file, 1986
Glitch News (zine), 1986-1989
Jungle Records
Treasured Tracs
SXSW schedules and programs, 1992-2016
2N176a Armadillo World Headquarters performance roster, 1972-1979
2.325/S93 LPs
Big Guitars from Texas
Trash, Twang and Thunder, 1985
Trash, Twang and Thunder, test Pressing 1007 A/B
Evan Johns and the H-Bombs
Please Mr. Santa Claus (red vinyl)
Please Mr. Santa Claus, test pressing 4001 A/B
Untitled, 1986
Killer Bees
Groovin', 1987
Groovin' reissue 1991
Scratch the Surface, 1985
Groovin' test pressing, JR BH2001 A2/B (comes with a copy of Scratch the Surface inside same sleeve)
The Killer Bees, with Michael E. Johnson
Live in Berlin
LeRoi Brothers
Check This Action (2), 1983
Check This Action, Helsinki, Finland release, 1984
Check this Action, test pressing, 1006 A/B, Ref. #2 (41290)
Forget Abut the Danger, Think of the Fun, 1984
Untitled EP, 1985
Self-titled, 1988
Wild Seeds
Big Moon EP, test pressing
Brave, Clean and Reverent, 1986
Brave, Clean and Reverent, test pressing 1009 A/B
Mud, Lies and Shame, 1988
Various artists
Acres for Cents, featuring Evan Johns and the H-Bombs and The Wild Seeds, 1987
The Austin Music Scene (DJ's copy), featuring Mamou and The Wild Seeds, 1990
2N176a Compact discs
Big Guitars from Texas
Evan Johns and the H-Bombs
Love is Murder
Please Mr. Santa Claus
Showdown at the Hoedown
Killer Bees
Killer Bees with Michael E. Johnson
Live in Berlin
No Money No Honey
LeRoi Brothers
Check this Action
Self-titled (3)
Rusty Weir
Wild Seeds
I'm sorry, I can't rock you all night long, 1984-1989
Various artists
Austin Music Network
The Austin Music Scene
Brand New Second-Hand
Folk Alliance 2006 Compilation, discs 1 and 2
Folkstage and the Midnight Special, February 11, 2006
Songwriting Sessions
SXSW Live, volumes 3 and 6
Steal this Disc
Xmas Marks the Spot
2N176b Audiocassettes
Live Texas Radio
Highwaymen Revisited
Jungle Rock for 88, various artists
All I Know
Austin Groove
The REEL Austin, volumes 1 and 2
Troy Dillinger: Dirty and Hairy Film Festival (2)
1/4 in. sound tape reel (7 in. diameter)
Lucinda Williams, 1984
Hendrix, 1984
Jimi #5, November 27, 1985
Hendrix 89 #2
"Midnight Lightning"
"AM 292"
"Burning Desire"
"Sunshine of your Love 1"
"Room Full of Mirrors"
"Blue Suede Shoes"
2W28 Oversized
Newspapers, 1986, 1988, and 2012