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

Who’s bigger than Childish Gambino? Daniel Johnston, that’s who.
 Wonders never cease in the world of Daniel Johnston. The Texas songwriter, who rose to prominence in Austin with home-recorded
            cassettes in the 1980s, is No. 1 on 
            this week’s Top Commercials chart in Billboard, thanks to a much-talked-about new Apple ad that features his song “Story of an Artist.&rdquo...

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Wonders never cease in the world of Daniel Johnston. The Texas songwriter, who rose to prominence in Austin with home-recorded cassettes in the 1980s, is No. 1 on this week’s Top Commercials chart in Billboard, thanks to a much-talked-about new Apple ad that features his song “Story of an Artist.&rdquo...
Ponty Bone, masterful Texas accordion player, dies at 78
 Ponty Bone died Friday at age 78. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 2009 Ponty Bone, one of Texas’ best-known accordion players for decades and a key member of the Joe Ely Band during the 1970s and
            ’80s, died early Friday after an extended struggle with a rare neurogenerative disease. He was 78. Born Harry DePonta...

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Ponty Bone died Friday at age 78. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 2009 Ponty Bone, one of Texas’ best-known accordion players for decades and a key member of the Joe Ely Band during the 1970s and ’80s, died early Friday after an extended struggle with a rare neurogenerative disease. He was 78. Born Harry DePonta...
Austin360 On The Record: Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, more
 Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005
            
            
               Jimmy LaFave
               
               “Peace Town”
               
               (Music Road)
            
            For about a year before 
               his death from cancer in May 2017, Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave was earnestly...

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Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005 Jimmy LaFave “Peace Town” (Music Road) For about a year before his death from cancer in May 2017, Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave was earnestly...
Look, up in the sky! It’s not Superman, or Shinyribs. It’s a Grackle!
 Kevin Russell, left, and Ron Byrd performed briefly as the Grackles in early-1990s Austin. Contributed For 
            our latest “Grackle Week” feature in Thursday’s American-Statesman, we talked with Kevin Russell about the short-lived tenure of the Grackles, an early-1990s Austin band that soon morphed
            into...

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Kevin Russell, left, and Ron Byrd performed briefly as the Grackles in early-1990s Austin. Contributed For our latest “Grackle Week” feature in Thursday’s American-Statesman, we talked with Kevin Russell about the short-lived tenure of the Grackles, an early-1990s Austin band that soon morphed into...
Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band
 You may know Kevin Russell as the leader of Shinyribs, one of Austin’s biggest bands of the past few years (both literally and figuratively). If you’re a longtime fan of his singing and songwriting, you no doubt were familiar with the Gourds, who became one of the best bands in Americana music around the turn of the...

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You may know Kevin Russell as the leader of Shinyribs, one of Austin’s biggest bands of the past few years (both literally and figuratively). If you’re a longtime fan of his singing and songwriting, you no doubt were familiar with the Gourds, who became one of the best bands in Americana music around the turn of the...
Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,&rdquo...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,&rdquo...
Tha Austin half-dozen: A new Project ATX6 crew will travel abroad to music fests
 This year’s Project ATX6 class features (l-r) Nnedi Nebula, Jacob Jaeger, Georgia Parker, Michael Booher, Cory Reinisch and
               Carrie Fussell. Contributed/Kate Blaising Each year since 2014, Project ATX6 has given a half-dozen local musicians the chance to be ambassadors of Austin music at
            a handful of international...

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This year’s Project ATX6 class features (l-r) Nnedi Nebula, Jacob Jaeger, Georgia Parker, Michael Booher, Cory Reinisch and Carrie Fussell. Contributed/Kate Blaising Each year since 2014, Project ATX6 has given a half-dozen local musicians the chance to be ambassadors of Austin music at a handful of international...
This week’s music picks: Johnny Irion, Sound & Cinema, Texas Radio Live
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waZb3xW8FqE&w=640&h=390] Wednesday: Johnny Irion at Cactus Cafe. Folk-rocker Irion and his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie, make music much like Austin’s country couple Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis:
            Often they work together, but they’ve made records on their own as well. Irion&rsquo...

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waZb3xW8FqE&w=640&h=390] Wednesday: Johnny Irion at Cactus Cafe. Folk-rocker Irion and his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie, make music much like Austin’s country couple Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis: Often they work together, but they’ve made records on their own as well. Irion&rsquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Dawn & Hawkes, Justin Stewart, more
 Dawn & Hawkes play a release show for their new album “The Other Side” on Friday, July 6, at Cactus Cafe. Contributed/Hello
               Darlin Photography OUT THIS WEEK Dawn & Hawkes, “The Other Side.”
             Since their 2015 full-length debut “Yours and Mine,” Austin duo Miranda Dawn and...

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Dawn & Hawkes play a release show for their new album “The Other Side” on Friday, July 6, at Cactus Cafe. Contributed/Hello Darlin Photography OUT THIS WEEK Dawn & Hawkes, “The Other Side.” Since their 2015 full-length debut “Yours and Mine,” Austin duo Miranda Dawn and...
Margo Price, Hayes Carll to team up for Hill Country Conservancy benefit
 Margo Price will return to Austin in September for an environmental benefit concert with Hayes Carll at ACL Live. Scott Moore
               for American-Statesman Did Margo Price’s stellar half-hour set at 
            Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic leave you wanting more? Check out this just-announced dynamite double...

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Margo Price will return to Austin in September for an environmental benefit concert with Hayes Carll at ACL Live. Scott Moore for American-Statesman Did Margo Price’s stellar half-hour set at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic leave you wanting more? Check out this just-announced dynamite double...
Willie’s Picnic revisited: Ten tidbits gathered across the day
 Ryan Bingham, with fiddler Richard Bowden, at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas on July 4,
               2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman It was the sweatiest of times, then it was the rainiest of times, then it was the coolest of times. And beyond the strange
            weather, Willie Nelson&rsquo...

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Ryan Bingham, with fiddler Richard Bowden, at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas on July 4, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman It was the sweatiest of times, then it was the rainiest of times, then it was the coolest of times. And beyond the strange weather, Willie Nelson&rsquo...