Peter Blackstock

Music writer

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

Latest from Peter Blackstock

This week’s music picks: Shawn Colvin, Slaid Cleaves and more
 Shawn Colvin wraps up a national tour back home in Austin on Monday at the Paramount Theatre. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Monday: 
               Shawn Colvin at Paramount Theatre.
             One of Austin’s highest-profile singer-songwriters since she moved back in the 1990s (she’d lived here for a spell in the
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Shawn Colvin wraps up a national tour back home in Austin on Monday at the Paramount Theatre. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Monday: Shawn Colvin at Paramount Theatre. One of Austin’s highest-profile singer-songwriters since she moved back in the 1990s (she’d lived here for a spell in the ...
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie share songs new and old at Bass Concert Hall
 Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at Bass Concert Hall on November 15, 2017. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Three songs into Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s performance at Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday evening, you might
            have guessed they’d turned the set list on its head and put an encore...

Posted: 4 days ago

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at Bass Concert Hall on November 15, 2017. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Three songs into Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s performance at Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday evening, you might have guessed they’d turned the set list on its head and put an encore...
Jackie Venson, Jai Malano, Ani DiFranco lead strong week of shows
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano. Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano. Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on...
Austin360 On The Record: Eric Johnson, Golden Boys and more
 OUT THIS WEEK Eric Johnson, “Collage” (Vortexan). This new 10-song collection, a mix of originals and covers, tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar
            virtuoso. The interpretations on “Collage” are enlightening, from a gorgeous acoustic rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

OUT THIS WEEK Eric Johnson, “Collage” (Vortexan). This new 10-song collection, a mix of originals and covers, tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso. The interpretations on “Collage” are enlightening, from a gorgeous acoustic rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s &ldquo...
Dan Auerbach, Turnpike Troubadours tapings will conclude 43rd ACL season
 Evan Felker and Turnpike Troubadours will tape “Austin City Limits” on December 5. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / AMERICAN STATESMAN
               2014 Oklahoma red-dirt country band Turnpike Troubadours, previously booked for 
            Dec. 1-2 two-night stand at ACL Live, has added a Dec. 5 taping of “Austin City Limits&rdquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Evan Felker and Turnpike Troubadours will tape “Austin City Limits” on December 5. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / AMERICAN STATESMAN 2014 Oklahoma red-dirt country band Turnpike Troubadours, previously booked for Dec. 1-2 two-night stand at ACL Live, has added a Dec. 5 taping of “Austin City Limits&rdquo...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile show their musical compatibility at ACL Live
 Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile perform at ACL Live on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Australia’s Courtney Barnett and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile have been two of indie-rock’s most promising singer-songwriters
            of the past decade, and when they 
            teamed up to make...

Posted: 8 days ago

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile perform at ACL Live on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman Australia’s Courtney Barnett and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile have been two of indie-rock’s most promising singer-songwriters of the past decade, and when they teamed up to make...
This week’s music picks: Buckingham McVie, up-and-coming locals, and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov7Hvc2uvJs&w=640&h=390] Wednesday: 
               Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie at Bass Concert Hall.
             Earlier this year, Austin got visits from both Fleetwood Mac namesake Mick Fleetwood, 
            doing a featured interview at South By Southwest, and singer Stevie...

Posted: 8 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov7Hvc2uvJs&w=640&h=390] Wednesday: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie at Bass Concert Hall. Earlier this year, Austin got visits from both Fleetwood Mac namesake Mick Fleetwood, doing a featured interview at South By Southwest, and singer Stevie...
Alejandro Escovedo to revisit ‘A Man Under the Influence’ album in ACL Live show
 Alejandro Escovedo will perform at ACL Live on January 13, 2018. Ashley Landis for American Statesman Alejandro Escovedo will rekindle his long ties to Austin, as well as his connections to the North Carolina Triangle’s music
            scene, when he resumes his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert...

Posted: 10 days ago

Alejandro Escovedo will perform at ACL Live on January 13, 2018. Ashley Landis for American Statesman Alejandro Escovedo will rekindle his long ties to Austin, as well as his connections to the North Carolina Triangle’s music scene, when he resumes his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert...
Austin musician Kullen Fox speaks about losing relatives in Sutherland Springs
 Kullen Fox, left, with Austin band Cotton Mather. Courtesy of Cotton Mather Sunday’s shooting deaths in Sutherland Springs hit home for Kullen Fox, an Austin musician who has played with many local
            acts including Charley Crockett, Cotton Mather, Jesse Dayton, Ian Moore, Jenifer Jackson, Hilary York and Brennan Leigh &...

Posted: 10 days ago

Kullen Fox, left, with Austin band Cotton Mather. Courtesy of Cotton Mather Sunday’s shooting deaths in Sutherland Springs hit home for Kullen Fox, an Austin musician who has played with many local acts including Charley Crockett, Cotton Mather, Jesse Dayton, Ian Moore, Jenifer Jackson, Hilary York and Brennan Leigh &...
Austin360 On The Record: Texas Red Dirt Choir, Johnny Nicholas, more
 RECENTLY RELEASED Texas Red Dirt Choir, “Faith in the Water” (single). 
            A sort of Texas country “We Are the World” aimed at raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims, this digital-only single can
            be purchased or streamed via sites that are linked at 
            faithinthewater.org (where donations...

Posted: 11 days ago

RECENTLY RELEASED Texas Red Dirt Choir, “Faith in the Water” (single). A sort of Texas country “We Are the World” aimed at raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims, this digital-only single can be purchased or streamed via sites that are linked at faithinthewater.org (where donations...
Austin360 video premiere: Check out the Nightowls’ new song “Lift Me Up”
 The Nightowls play a video release show on Nov. 17 at Barracuda. Contributed “Lift Me Up” is the new single from Austin soul band the Nightowls, and its groove is as uplifting as its title suggests.
            Ryan Harkrider’s passionate lead vocal performance is at the center of a fully-fleshed-out yet remarkably clean...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Nightowls play a video release show on Nov. 17 at Barracuda. Contributed “Lift Me Up” is the new single from Austin soul band the Nightowls, and its groove is as uplifting as its title suggests. Ryan Harkrider’s passionate lead vocal performance is at the center of a fully-fleshed-out yet remarkably clean...