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.


Roky Road
Gone to CyberTexas

With a computer and a modem, anyone can ravel the state on the information superhighway, but it helps to have a road map. A complete guide to Texas on-line.

Latin Beat

Music and dance define Veracruz, the city with the stongest coffee and the freshest seafood in Mexico.

Folk Lure

An Austin arts group is exposing the roots of Texas music to a younger audience.

Sea Change

Unchecked growth of microscopic algae has muddied the water—and threatened the future—of Laguna Madre.

Tour de Folk

Diverse styles and a shared devotion to fold music mark new releases by Nanci Griffith and Robert Earl Keen.


The sound of assimilation.

David Schwarz

Building a better Forth Worth.

Rave On

The world’s leading expert on rock legend Buddy Holly, Bill Griggs is alive and well and living in the fifties.

Chile Weather

It’s harvest time for the green chile—the mild-mannered pepper that adds zest to almost any dish.

Dirty Dancing

A new musical from a group of Lubbock expatriates celebrates West Texas’ bawdy past.

The Big Twang

Some of the brightest country music stars—like Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd—are born in the honky-tonks of Beaumont.

Rads to Riches

Two Arizona ex-hippie publishers are bringing Texas’ weekly papers into the mainstream.

Talking Fred

The family gift for gab radio is bringing El Paso’s Fred Imus fortune and fame.

Reality Bit

With a song on a hit movie sound track, Dallasite Lisa Loeb is ready to make a deal.