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.


State Wide: Lookin’ Back, TX

PR and nostalgia keep the legend alive. But will the town survive?

Combo Invasion

Nuclear polka blasts Japan! Brave Combo basks in the radioactive afterglow.

Killer Buzz

The Africanized bees have arrived, and Anita Collins can’t wait to take them on.

State Wide: Cowtown Crazies Take Over Paper

Poodle slayer helps “Satan of Journalism” peddle p.m. paper

State Wide: Roky Rocks

Psychedelic pioneer Erickson gets his due.

State Wide: Discount Ashes

Funeral home director Murphy offers a commonsense option.

Go Fish

See the Gulf Coast from the bottom up at Corpus Christi’s new underwater show.

Requiem in Blue

Recollections of guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

State Wide: Highway From Hell

Expressway anxiety? Dallas therapist Richard Carson can help you cope.

State Wide: Disc Golf Versus Ball Golf

Disc freestyle champion John Houck puts a new spin on golf.

State Wide: Bluebonnet Happening

Painter Keith Clementson demonstrates how to turn a bluebonnet painting in to a work of art.

State Wide: Maquiladora Marketing

Nibbe’s Twin Plant News explains border economics to the world.

Fortune’s Smile

Tevin Campbell, the thirteen-year-old soul sensation, is Texas’ answer to Michael Jackson.

High Country Haven

The Tetons are grander and Santa Fe is tonier, but no place is more apropos than Ruidoso.

Squeeze Play

Three masters show why conjunto, the accordion music of the Tex-Mex border, is hotter thatn Lajitas in August.