ACL Preview: Peterson Brothers Band

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We’re thrilled to be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) again this year. Whether you are going Weekend One, Weekend Two, with or without kids, we want to be your go-to source for the Festival. We’ve listened to all the bands and have picked the ones we think you should have on your schedule. Are you ready for some great music?!


Probably every family has, at one time, joked about forming a family band. But how many actually go on to make music a family affair? Bastrop brothers Alex and Glenn, Jr., have done just that by forming the Peterson Brothers Band. ACL isn’t the band’s first rodeo. The Brothers have been playing together for over five years and have shared the stage with many musical icons. The Peterson Brothers’ music talents have been recognized with numerous awards the Austin Music Awards and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell will be declaring Thursday, October 3rd “Peterson Brothers Day”. Their unique mix of blues, funk and jazz is sure to get you moving and their responses here to our questions are sure to get you interested in hearing more from this Central-Texas based duo.

You can catch the Peterson Brothers Band on Sunday, October 6th from 4-5pm at the BMI Stage.

Photo credit: Mathew Sturtevant
Photo credit: Mathew Sturtevant

LiveMom: When did you start making music?

Peterson Brothers: We started making music when we were about 8 and 11, we both started on piano and the following year we switched to playing our current instruments. Alex who is now 14 plays violin and bass; I (Glenn, Jr.) just turned 17 and play the guitar.

LiveMom: Who are your musical influences?

Peterson Brothers: We both have so many influences, although we are a blues band and we love the blues, we both like to listen to Funk, Jazz, R&B and many other types of music. We both agree that listening to all of this has helped us to find our own way and our own style. When we play you can probably hear it in our songs.

LiveMom: How would you describe your sound?

Peterson Brothers: We would describe our sound as Blues, mixed with old school, R&B and Funk.

LiveMom: On your bio, it mentions that you have shared the stage with such icons as Pinetop Perkins, B.B King and Los Lonely Boys, as well as receiving a lot of recognition through awards. How would you describe those experiences?

Peterson Brothers: We would describe those opportunities as something we feel very grateful and blessed to have had the experience. With some of the artist we shared the stage, and with others we opened the show for them, and both were such an honor. The one thing that really meant a lot to us it that each of them in their own way actually took time out of their busy schedules to sit and talk with us. they were encouraging, supportive, and all gave us great advice when it came to making music, setting our priorities in our music and how to achieve our goals.

LiveMom: What’s it like being in a band with your family?

Peterson Brothers: It’s cool to be a family band because we already know what the other person is going to do. For most bands people have to really think and talk about the different runs and stops they do in the middle of the songs, but for us all we have to do is to look at each other sometimes and we already know what to do next.

LiveMom: What’s the Bastrop music scene like?

Peterson Brothers: The Bastrop music scene is pretty cool. Bastrop is east of Austin and there are starting to be more places that have live music.

LiveMom: How do you balance school and performing?

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Peterson Brothers: Balancing school and music is not very hard at all. Really it’s just a matter of actually doing it and making an effort to balance the two.

LiveMom: Do you get nervous when you are on stage?

Peterson Brothers: No ma’am we don’t get nervous anymore. Every time we perform on a stage we become more and more comfortable.

LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL?

Peterson Brothers: We will probably just go around to as many as we can, because we like to see new bands that we are not familiar with, as well as the ones we already know.

LiveMom: Are you doing any shows around ACL?

Peterson Brothers: Yes ma’am, we are at the Continental Club in Austin, TX every Monday at 6:30pm, so we will be there on October 7th and then we will travel to Helena, Arkansas to play at the King Biscuit Festival and then back to Austin for our Monday Continental Club residency.

LiveMom: When do you expect to release your album?

Peterson Brothers: Currently, we are working on a debut album with veteran producer Michael Freeman whose credits include Pinetop Perkins and Willie ”Big Eyes” Smith’s Grammy and Blues Music Award winning album “Joined At The Hip”. We are anticipating a spring release.

If you can’t make it to the Festival, you can keep up with the Peterson Brothers Band on Facebook and their website.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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