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

Nashville, here we come: Austin-themed exhibit opens at Country Hall of Fame this weekend
 An exhibit opening this weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville focuses on Austin-Nashville connections
               in the 1970s. Are you ready for a cosmic-cowboy journey back in time? We’re in Nashville this weekend to cover the opening of “Outlaws and
            Armadillos: Country’s Roaring...

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An exhibit opening this weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville focuses on Austin-Nashville connections in the 1970s. Are you ready for a cosmic-cowboy journey back in time? We’re in Nashville this weekend to cover the opening of “Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring...
This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely...
Austin360 On The Record: Patricia Vonne, Brownout, more
 Patricia Vonne celebrates the release of her new album on Saturday at the Continental Club. Contributed/Mark Guerra OUT THIS WEEK Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain” (Bandolera). The seventh album from the Austin-based native of San Antonio draws upon the full range of her artistic ambitions and musical
            inclinations...

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Patricia Vonne celebrates the release of her new album on Saturday at the Continental Club. Contributed/Mark Guerra OUT THIS WEEK Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain” (Bandolera). The seventh album from the Austin-based native of San Antonio draws upon the full range of her artistic ambitions and musical inclinations...
Get the blues while it’s hot: July brings the Antone’s anniversary bash
 Miss Lavelle White celebrates her 89th birthday as part of the monthlong Antone’s anniversary celebration in July. TAMIR KALIFA/
               AMERICAN-STATESMAN Summer’s almost here, and that means just one thing at Austin’s home of the blues: A monthlong blowout bash to celebrate the
            storied venue’s...

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Miss Lavelle White celebrates her 89th birthday as part of the monthlong Antone’s anniversary celebration in July. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN Summer’s almost here, and that means just one thing at Austin’s home of the blues: A monthlong blowout bash to celebrate the storied venue’s...
Weekend music picks: Little Steven, Steely Dan, Cupcakke, more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzVLRzmTlo&w=640&h=390] Friday: 
               Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre.
             A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born
            Steven Van Zandt has been...

Posted: 2 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzVLRzmTlo&w=640&h=390] Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been...
Ludacris to play Rallycross event at Circuit of the Americas this fall
 Ludacris will perform at the World Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas on Sept. 29. Contributed/Arnold Wells Multimillion-selling and Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris will perform Sept. 29 at Circuit of the Americas as part of the two-day
            FIA World Rallycross Championship event at Circuit of the Americas. Tickets...

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Ludacris will perform at the World Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas on Sept. 29. Contributed/Arnold Wells Multimillion-selling and Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris will perform Sept. 29 at Circuit of the Americas as part of the two-day FIA World Rallycross Championship event at Circuit of the Americas. Tickets...
John Prine at Waterloo Records? It’s happening, on June 4
 John Prine has added a June 4 Waterloo Records in-store to his Austin itinerary for next month. Contributed/John Kurc Legendary songwriter John Prine already had two local appearances on the books for next month: June 5, taping “Austin City
            Limits” at ACL Live, and June 30, playing Bass Concert Hall. Now he’s...

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John Prine has added a June 4 Waterloo Records in-store to his Austin itinerary for next month. Contributed/John Kurc Legendary songwriter John Prine already had two local appearances on the books for next month: June 5, taping “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live, and June 30, playing Bass Concert Hall. Now he’s...
That’s not brisket, that’s Grizzly Bear: Brooklyn band to play at Stubb’s
 Grizzly Bear will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Robert Hein for American-Statesman Brooklyn indie-rock band Grizzly Bear, whose 2017 album “Painted Ruins” reached the top-5 of the Billboard rock albums chart,
            will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Tickets, $46-$51, go on sale...

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Grizzly Bear will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Robert Hein for American-Statesman Brooklyn indie-rock band Grizzly Bear, whose 2017 album “Painted Ruins” reached the top-5 of the Billboard rock albums chart, will play the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Sept. 12. Tickets, $46-$51, go on sale...
Emmylou Harris takes the long view of a storied career in first of two Paramount nights
 Emmylou Harris performed at the Paramount on Saturday, May 19, and will return for a second show on Sunday, May 20. Peter
               Blackstock/American-Statesman Midway through her concert Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, Emmylou Harris made a reference to bucket lists but acknowledged
            hers is basically nonexistent. There&rsquo...

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Emmylou Harris performed at the Paramount on Saturday, May 19, and will return for a second show on Sunday, May 20. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman Midway through her concert Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, Emmylou Harris made a reference to bucket lists but acknowledged hers is basically nonexistent. There&rsquo...
This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green, Hot Luck Fest and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5u2EfCHReM&w=640&h=390] Tuesday: 
               David Crosby at Paramount Theatre.
             Given that he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it might come as a slight surprise that last year’s “Sky Trails” was just
            Crosby’s sixth solo album....

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5u2EfCHReM&w=640&h=390] Tuesday: David Crosby at Paramount Theatre. Given that he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it might come as a slight surprise that last year’s “Sky Trails” was just Crosby’s sixth solo album....
Austin360 On The Record: Kelly Willis, Jason Boland, more
 Kelly Willis is at Waterloo Records at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to celebrate the release of “Back Being Blue.” LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK Kelly Willis, “Back Being Blue” (Thirty Tigers). Hard to fathom that it’s been more than a decade since the last solo release from Willis, in part because...

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Kelly Willis is at Waterloo Records at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to celebrate the release of “Back Being Blue.” LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN OUT THIS WEEK Kelly Willis, “Back Being Blue” (Thirty Tigers). Hard to fathom that it’s been more than a decade since the last solo release from Willis, in part because...