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

Maybe I’m amazed at this Barton Hills Choir ‘Abbey Road’ video
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlWa04fFlo&w=640&h=360] It’s still two weeks before Paul McCartney arrives in town for the first of two concerts in Zilker Park as part of the Austin
            City Limits Music Festival, but the Barton Hills Choir is ready: They’ll be tackling the ambitious side two medley of...

Posted: 7 hours ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlWa04fFlo&w=640&h=360] It’s still two weeks before Paul McCartney arrives in town for the first of two concerts in Zilker Park as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but the Barton Hills Choir is ready: They’ll be tackling the ambitious side two medley of...
Willie Nelson on Stephen Colbert’s show: ‘I don’t hold any grudges against people’
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doOgCn2yVKw&w=640&h=360] It’s been a media-blitz week for Willie Nelson supporting his new album “My Way,” a collection of songs widely associated
            with Frank Sinatra. After a Tuesday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” he visited Stephen Colbert for...

Posted: 12 hours ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doOgCn2yVKw&w=640&h=360] It’s been a media-blitz week for Willie Nelson supporting his new album “My Way,” a collection of songs widely associated with Frank Sinatra. After a Tuesday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” he visited Stephen Colbert for...
Austin360 On The Record: Western Youth, Jaimee Harris, Will Courtney, more
 Western Youth. Contributed/Letitia Smith OUT THIS WEEK Western Youth, self-titled. With the recent addition of well-traveled Austin troubadour Graham Weber to their lineup, the roots-rock band formed in 2012
            by singer-guitarists Taylor Williams and Matt Gregg plus drummer Brian Bowe has reached another level. Weber, Williams and...

Posted: a day ago

Western Youth. Contributed/Letitia Smith OUT THIS WEEK Western Youth, self-titled. With the recent addition of well-traveled Austin troubadour Graham Weber to their lineup, the roots-rock band formed in 2012 by singer-guitarists Taylor Williams and Matt Gregg plus drummer Brian Bowe has reached another level. Weber, Williams and...
Big names, local favorites: Your Austin live music calendar for fall
 Remember those late-summer days when everyone seemed to be on vacation and not a lot of touring shows were coming through town? Welcome to fall, when everything’s completely different and music is falling off the trees everywhere. The proof is in our list of more than 300 events from now through December, including arena and theater...

Posted: 2 days ago

Remember those late-summer days when everyone seemed to be on vacation and not a lot of touring shows were coming through town? Welcome to fall, when everything’s completely different and music is falling off the trees everywhere. The proof is in our list of more than 300 events from now through December, including arena and theater...
Blues legend Buddy Guy revels in the moment at ‘Austin City Limits’ taping
 Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy tapes “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Monday, September 17, 2018. Scott Moore for
               American-Statesman “Whatever you see tonight, I didn’t rehearse it,” Buddy Guy told the crowd toward the end of Monday’s “Austin City Limits”
            taping...

Posted: 3 days ago

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy tapes “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Monday, September 17, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman “Whatever you see tonight, I didn’t rehearse it,” Buddy Guy told the crowd toward the end of Monday’s “Austin City Limits” taping...
This week’s music picks: K.D. Lang, Dierks Bentley, more

Posted: 5 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXqPjx94YMg&w=640&h=360] Tuesday: K.D. Lang at Paramount Theatre. The Canadian singer-songwriter already was a breakout country artist when she released “Ingenue” in 1992, but that album blew the doors off of all stylistic preconceptions about Lang’s music. It became...
Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Band of Heathens, more
 Willie Nelson. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2o17 OUT THIS WEEK Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
             There may be no artist in popular music more prolific than Nelson has been over the past decade or so, with albums regularly
               coming twice a year if not more. Lately quite a few of them have been tributes...

Posted: 8 days ago

Willie Nelson. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2o17 OUT THIS WEEK Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy). There may be no artist in popular music more prolific than Nelson has been over the past decade or so, with albums regularly coming twice a year if not more. Lately quite a few of them have been tributes...
Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O’Rourke at Auditorium Shores
 Willie Nelson will headline a rally for Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on at Auditorium Shores on September 29. Tamir Kalifa
               for American-Statesman 2016 After 
            bringing Beto O’Rourke onstage during his Fourth of July Picnic this summer, Willie Nelson is doubling down on his support of the U.S. Senate...

Posted: 9 days ago

Willie Nelson will headline a rally for Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on at Auditorium Shores on September 29. Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman 2016 After bringing Beto O’Rourke onstage during his Fourth of July Picnic this summer, Willie Nelson is doubling down on his support of the U.S. Senate...
Micael Priest, illustrious artist from Armadillo World Headquarters era, dies
 Renowned Austin poster artist Micael Priest died Wednesday at age 66. Mark Matson for American-Statesman 1997 Micael Priest, whose posters were part of the iconic artwork that defined Austin’s legendary music venue Armadillo World Headquarters
            in the 1970s, died in his apartment on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, a friend...

Posted: 9 days ago

Renowned Austin poster artist Micael Priest died Wednesday at age 66. Mark Matson for American-Statesman 1997 Micael Priest, whose posters were part of the iconic artwork that defined Austin’s legendary music venue Armadillo World Headquarters in the 1970s, died in his apartment on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, a friend...
Austin Blues Society honors Lavelle White, more at inaugural awards show
 Lavelle White at Antone’s on June 25, 2017. White received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Austin Blues Society on
               Sept. 7, 2018. TAMIR KALIFA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Local musicians Lavelle White, Alan Haynes and the Soul Man Sam Band were honored over the weekend at the inaugural Austin
            Blues Society Blues...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lavelle White at Antone’s on June 25, 2017. White received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Austin Blues Society on Sept. 7, 2018. TAMIR KALIFA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Local musicians Lavelle White, Alan Haynes and the Soul Man Sam Band were honored over the weekend at the inaugural Austin Blues Society Blues...