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

Ol’ Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain? Willie Nelson’s next album salutes Sinatra
 Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on “My Way,” due out in September. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman We gave a heads-up about it 
            in our Fourth of July Picnic coverage, but now more details are available about “My Way,” Willie Nelson’s next album, due Sept. 14 on Legacy Recordings. As the...

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Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on “My Way,” due out in September. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman We gave a heads-up about it in our Fourth of July Picnic coverage, but now more details are available about “My Way,” Willie Nelson’s next album, due Sept. 14 on Legacy Recordings. As the...
Austin360 On The Record: Belle Sounds, Ume, Cody Canada
 Andre Moran and Noelle Hampton of the Belle Sounds. Contributed/Barbara FG Photography OUT THIS WEEK Belle Sounds, “The Sea Within.” Centered around singer-songwriter Noelle Hampton and guitarist Andre Moran, the Belle Sounds have become one of Austin’s
            best pop bands since forming five years ago. “The...

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Andre Moran and Noelle Hampton of the Belle Sounds. Contributed/Barbara FG Photography OUT THIS WEEK Belle Sounds, “The Sea Within.” Centered around singer-songwriter Noelle Hampton and guitarist Andre Moran, the Belle Sounds have become one of Austin’s best pop bands since forming five years ago. “The...
Sam Smith and free Hot Summer Nights among this week’s top music picks
 OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in Tucson this summer, he carved out a week for a “tour of Austin&rdquo...

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OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in Tucson this summer, he carved out a week for a “tour of Austin&rdquo...
Songwriter Dan Stuart, back from Mexico, embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’
 It’s the endless cycle of the musician’s lifestyle: Make a record in the studio, get it pressed up and released, then go on tour. That’s what Mexico City singer-songwriter Dan Stuart is doing over the next week, with one catch: He’s not touring the world. Or the country. He’s touring Austin. From Friday to the...

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It’s the endless cycle of the musician’s lifestyle: Make a record in the studio, get it pressed up and released, then go on tour. That’s what Mexico City singer-songwriter Dan Stuart is doing over the next week, with one catch: He’s not touring the world. Or the country. He’s touring Austin. From Friday to the...
Macklemore on the UT campus: A fluting glimpse of the rap sensation
 Macklemore at Bass Concert Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to campus. It is National Flute Day!” So proclaimed Seattle rap star Macklemore, speaking to
            a smallish crowd at Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus in a video he posted to his Facebook...

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Macklemore at Bass Concert Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to campus. It is National Flute Day!” So proclaimed Seattle rap star Macklemore, speaking to a smallish crowd at Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus in a video he posted to his Facebook...
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...