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.


The Sound of Música

Texas’ tejano radio stations dish out a spicy mix of music and patter in English and Spanish, and the ratings are magnifico.

Chili Relations

Food fight: The most ridiculous, overblown squabble this side of the legislature.

What a Disc!

From Scott Joplin to ZZ Top, a comprehensive guide to the best Texas music on CD.

Hidden Valley

Brownsville’s Sabal Palm Grove has it made in the shade.

Roadhouse Warrior

Ely may have a new album, but his best performances have always been live, in person.

Cattle Recall

John L. Guldemann scorns claims that Longhorns damage the natural area.

Narc Central

Agents target the flow of contraband on the border.

Panhandle Hollywood

Plainview became Rustwater, Kansas, for the shoot.

Heavy Duty

Houston’s favorite bouncer keeps the peace with style and a smile.

All’s Fair in Love and Catfish

Staring down a Mississippi monopoly, one Brazoria County company hopes to become a bigger fish in a big pond.

Too Legit to Quit

Ward and deejays Murphy, Milton, and Love rap about rappers.

Selling Space

Space Center Houston will wow crowds with Disney gimmicks.

Big Bird

Getting up close and personal with the endangered whooping crane.

In Tune

Houston’s Young Turk music producers have cut a new groove in the record industry.

Born to Win

Triumph at the track comes naturally for a man called Bingo.