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

Austin360 On The Record: Jimmie Vaughan, Midlake, Balmorhea and more
 OUT THIS WEEK Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, “Live at C-Boy’s” (Proper). In a funny twist, this group that plays live shows with B-3 organ master Flanigin’s name billed first does a switcheroo on
            the disc that documents their frequent exploits at the cool South Congress bar. It makes sense...

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OUT THIS WEEK Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, “Live at C-Boy’s” (Proper). In a funny twist, this group that plays live shows with B-3 organ master Flanigin’s name billed first does a switcheroo on the disc that documents their frequent exploits at the cool South Congress bar. It makes sense...
George Strait to tour hurricane damage in Rockport with Gov. Greg Abbott
 George Strait will tour Hurricane Harvey damage in Rockport with Texas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman
               2014 Country music great George Strait, who headlined 
            a major Hurricane Harvey relief benefit concert in San Antonio last week, will join Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday...

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George Strait will tour Hurricane Harvey damage in Rockport with Texas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman 2014 Country music great George Strait, who headlined a major Hurricane Harvey relief benefit concert in San Antonio last week, will join Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday...
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians are an inspired addition to Harvey benefit
 On a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, it can be hard to stand out. Still, when those artists and more gather at the Erwin Center for Friday’s sold-out “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” hurricane relief benefit, the act I’m most intrigued to see is Edie Brickell & New...

Posted: 2 days ago

On a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, it can be hard to stand out. Still, when those artists and more gather at the Erwin Center for Friday’s sold-out “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” hurricane relief benefit, the act I’m most intrigued to see is Edie Brickell & New...
Pecan Street Fest, Arcade Fire, Flatlanders, more playing this week
 Friday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring...

Posted: 2 days ago

Friday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring...
Austin goes overseas: three outreach efforts featuring local musicians
   Spain, France, Germany and Australia: The month of September has found a handful of Austin artists looking well beyond national
            borders toward musical opportunities to represent the city’s music community in other countries. Pueblos Blancos First up was the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, which featured a handful...

Posted: 2 days ago

  Spain, France, Germany and Australia: The month of September has found a handful of Austin artists looking well beyond national borders toward musical opportunities to represent the city’s music community in other countries. Pueblos Blancos First up was the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, which featured a handful...
Willie Nelson teams with sons Lukas and Micah on new album
 Willie Nelson performs with his sons Lukas, left, and Micah at the 2015 Gershwin Prize ceremony. Contributed/Scott Henrichsen Willie Nelson has long called his onstage backing crew the Family Band, but the bonds draw a little closer with “Willie Nelson
            and the Boys,” a new album due Oct. 20 on Legacy Recordings that...

Posted: 3 days ago

Willie Nelson performs with his sons Lukas, left, and Micah at the 2015 Gershwin Prize ceremony. Contributed/Scott Henrichsen Willie Nelson has long called his onstage backing crew the Family Band, but the bonds draw a little closer with “Willie Nelson and the Boys,” a new album due Oct. 20 on Legacy Recordings that...
Song premiere: Lisa Morales single “Avalanche” is a duet with Jimmy LaFave
 Lisa Morales’ new song “Avalanche” features a guest vocal by the late Jimmy LaFave. Contributed She hails from San Antonio, but singer-songwriter Lisa Morales has strong ties to Austin as well. “Luna Negra and the Daughter
            of the Sun,” the follow-up to 
            her acclaimed 2011 debut &ldquo...

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Lisa Morales’ new song “Avalanche” features a guest vocal by the late Jimmy LaFave. Contributed She hails from San Antonio, but singer-songwriter Lisa Morales has strong ties to Austin as well. “Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun,” the follow-up to her acclaimed 2011 debut &ldquo...
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians to play Austin for the first time in 17 years
 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will play Friday’s Hurricane Harvey relief benefit at the Erwin Center. From left: Kyle
               Crusham, Matt Hubbard, John Bush, Kenny Withrow, Brandon Aly, Edie Brickell, Brad Houser. Contributed/Todd Crusham On a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt...

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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will play Friday’s Hurricane Harvey relief benefit at the Erwin Center. From left: Kyle Crusham, Matt Hubbard, John Bush, Kenny Withrow, Brandon Aly, Edie Brickell, Brad Houser. Contributed/Todd Crusham On a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt...
Is Ray Prim Austin’s best bandleader? His record-release show made that case.
 We tend to think of musicians in terms of what immediate and obvious role they play in a band: singers, songwriters, guitarists,
            drummers, bassists, keyboardists, string and horn sections and the like. But sometime the greatest value of a musical artist
            is something more foundational. “Bandleader” was a...

Posted: 5 days ago

We tend to think of musicians in terms of what immediate and obvious role they play in a band: singers, songwriters, guitarists, drummers, bassists, keyboardists, string and horn sections and the like. But sometime the greatest value of a musical artist is something more foundational. “Bandleader” was a...
This week’s music picks: The Church, Kathy Valentine, Mic Exchange finale and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Nbh4fCbvw&w=640&h=390] Monday: 
               The Church at 3Ten.
             One of Australia’s most enchanting rock/pop bands since they formed in 1980, the Church briefly hit the big time in the late
            ’80s with the radio/MTV hit “Under the Milky Way,&rdquo...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Nbh4fCbvw&w=640&h=390] Monday: The Church at 3Ten. One of Australia’s most enchanting rock/pop bands since they formed in 1980, the Church briefly hit the big time in the late ’80s with the radio/MTV hit “Under the Milky Way,&rdquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Ray Prim, Leti Garza, LeRoi Brothers
 OUT THIS WEEK Ray Prim
            , “To Whom It May Concern.” An excerpt from our Austin360 Artist of the Month story: “The first thing you notice about the new album from longtime Austin
            singer-songwriter and bandleader Ray Prim is just how wide-open his music is. Like much of the best music our city has produced...

Posted: 7 days ago

OUT THIS WEEK Ray Prim , “To Whom It May Concern.” An excerpt from our Austin360 Artist of the Month story: “The first thing you notice about the new album from longtime Austin singer-songwriter and bandleader Ray Prim is just how wide-open his music is. Like much of the best music our city has produced...