Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski is a former senior editor for Texas Monthly and a one-time reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas mountains, the Texas coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press, in addition to writing Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy (Texas A&M Press) and Texas High School Football: More Than the Game (Texas Historical Commission). His 2008 book, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by the Friends of the TCU Library with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007/2008. His most recent book for Little, Brown is The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. Patoski’s byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, Garden & Gun, and No Despression magazine, for whom he is a contributing editor.


Alive and Kicking

Nothing advertises your Texas bona fides more these days than a pair of handmade cowboy boots. Here’s everything you need to know about them - how to tell a vamp from a pull, which toe style is right with a suit - and where to buy the best.

The Next 25 Bootmakers

More of the best bootmakers in the state.

Tune In, Turn On

Why Grand Prarie’s Bobby Patterson of KKDA-AM is my favorite deejay in Texas.

Rough Roads

These drives are sure to get your attention.

Big Bend 2002

Whether you want to hike it, raft it, drive it, or all of the above, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to Texas’ greatest treasure.

Seeing Red

For some of us, there’s nothing better than a cold longneck bottle of Big Red.

Big Adventure

Senior editor Joe Nick Patoski tells the story behind this month’s cover story, “Big Bend 2002.”

It's Simply a Matter of Taste

For some of us, there’s nothing better than a cold longneck bottle of Big Red.

Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about getting around in Big Bend, from where to stay inside the park to where to get diesel fuel.

Which Side of the Fence Are You On?

All over Texas, ranchers are putting up eight-foot fences to keep their deer from roaming so they can charge more for hunting leases. Purists say shooting such deer doesn’t amount to “fair chase.” Biologists say penning them in causes disease. I say it’s the best thing that could happen to the land.