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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

Bruce Robison looks toward the future of music with ‘The Next Waltz’
 A few miles northeast of the old town square and barbecue joints that made Lockhart famous, Austin country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison has built a recording studio on a 5-acre spread alongside grasslands, trees and a pond. And when we say “built,” we’re talking not just gear and soundproofing, but walls and door frames...

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A few miles northeast of the old town square and barbecue joints that made Lockhart famous, Austin country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison has built a recording studio on a 5-acre spread alongside grasslands, trees and a pond. And when we say “built,” we’re talking not just gear and soundproofing, but walls and door frames...
Jimmy LaFave, beloved Austin singer-songwriter, facing terminal cancer
 Friends and fellow musicians are planning a May 18 concert at the Paramount Theatre to honor longtime Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, who was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of cancer last year. LaFave, who moved to Austin from Oklahoma in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s foremost Americana artists over...

Posted: 5 days ago

Friends and fellow musicians are planning a May 18 concert at the Paramount Theatre to honor longtime Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, who was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of cancer last year. LaFave, who moved to Austin from Oklahoma in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s foremost Americana artists over...
Best Austin shows this week? Peligrosa, Jimmy LaFave and more
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Peligrosa, Kiko Villamizar CD release party at Empire. For almost a decade, on the third Thursday of every month, the mighty DJ collective has served a broad mix of Pan-Latin dance sounds from cumbia to merengue, tropical bass to reggaeton. This month’s event includes the release party for Austin360 April Artist...

Posted: 5 days ago

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Peligrosa, Kiko Villamizar CD release party at Empire. For almost a decade, on the third Thursday of every month, the mighty DJ collective has served a broad mix of Pan-Latin dance sounds from cumbia to merengue, tropical bass to reggaeton. This month’s event includes the release party for Austin360 April Artist...
As Old Settler’s Fest hits 30, younger artists remain key to its future
 As Old Settler’s Music Festival hits the 30-year mark this weekend, it has earned respected-elder status among annual Austin-area fests. But its greatest value still might be the opportunity it offers for young, up-and-coming performers. This year’s headliners include many artists with long careers, from Latin-fueled roots-rockers...

Posted: 6 days ago

As Old Settler’s Music Festival hits the 30-year mark this weekend, it has earned respected-elder status among annual Austin-area fests. But its greatest value still might be the opportunity it offers for young, up-and-coming performers. This year’s headliners include many artists with long careers, from Latin-fueled roots-rockers...
Willie Nelson returns to Circuit of the Americas for July 4 Picnic
 If it’s Independence Day, this must be Willie Nelson. For the third straight year, Austin’s pride and joy will celebrate the Fourth of July with more than a dozen of his musician pals at Circuit of the Americas, the latest installment in a tradition that stretches back more than four decades. TIMELINE: The definitive history of...

Posted: 8 days ago

If it’s Independence Day, this must be Willie Nelson. For the third straight year, Austin’s pride and joy will celebrate the Fourth of July with more than a dozen of his musician pals at Circuit of the Americas, the latest installment in a tradition that stretches back more than four decades. TIMELINE: The definitive history of...
What’s live music in Austin like?
 It started with a simple premise: Seasonal festival frenzies aside, Austin got its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World because of what happens around town on any given night of the week. So we set out to capture that magic. Once a month, for a full year, we spent a full night sampling live music at a wide variety of venues....

Posted: 8 days ago

It started with a simple premise: Seasonal festival frenzies aside, Austin got its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World because of what happens around town on any given night of the week. So we set out to capture that magic. Once a month, for a full year, we spent a full night sampling live music at a wide variety of venues....
Glen Campbell’s final album, “Adios,” due in June
 [youtube=] Though the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s have kept Glen Campbell from performing since his emotional 2012 farewell tour (documented in the 2014 film “I’ll Be Me”), the legendary country singer made one more album. Set for release June 9 on the UMe label, “Adios” will be his last studio record...

Posted: 11 days ago

[youtube=] Though the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s have kept Glen Campbell from performing since his emotional 2012 farewell tour (documented in the 2014 film “I’ll Be Me”), the legendary country singer made one more album. Set for release June 9 on the UMe label, “Adios” will be his last studio record...
Drummer Barry 'Frosty' Smith, one of Austin’s great musicians, dies at 71
 Drummer Barry “Frosty” Smith, who rose to prominence in California in the 1970s and became deeply connected with dozens of Austin musicians after moving here in the early 1980s, died at home Wednesday evening after a long illness. He was 71. Smith had been mostly unable to perform since suffering a heart attack, stroke and a bout...

Posted: 12 days ago

Drummer Barry “Frosty” Smith, who rose to prominence in California in the 1970s and became deeply connected with dozens of Austin musicians after moving here in the early 1980s, died at home Wednesday evening after a long illness. He was 71. Smith had been mostly unable to perform since suffering a heart attack, stroke and a bout...