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.

Stories

Say Uncle

You may have to bar hop to find Austin’s best-kept musical secret-Uncle Walt’s Band. And, presenting the annual Buddy magazine music awards, sealed with a kiss.

Taking It to the Limits

Austin City Limits makes pop music on television worth watching-and listening to. Also, musings on the superiority of Metroplex radio.

Taking It to the Limits

Austin City Limits makes pop music on television worth watching-and listening to. Also, musings on the superiority of Metroplex radio.

Climbing Rocky Hill

Houston guitarist Rocky Hill is a rising star; catch him if you can.

Climbing Rocky Hill

Houston guitarist Rocky Hill is a rising star; catch him if you can.

Gather Ye Records While Ye May

And T-shirts and photos and Elvis’ dinner jacket-all at the first Dallas-Fort Worth Records Collectors’ Convention.

Gather Ye Records While Ye May

And T-shirts and photos and Elvis’ dinner jacket-all at the first Dallas-Fort Worth Records Collectors’ Convention.

The Sons of Buddy Holly

Wide-open spaces and prairie madness make the special music of Lubbock.

The Sons of Buddy Holly

Wide-open spaces and prairie madness make the special music of Lubbock.

I Heard It at the Grapevine

At the Grapevine Opry the neighbors sing country music, and even your granny can have fun.

I Heard It at the Grapevine

At the Grapevine Opry the neighbors sing country music, and even your granny can have fun.

Notes from the Ground

Most pop festivals have moved into stadiums, but this summer two Texas musical events blossomed in the great outdoors.

Fiddler on the Loose

Back in the forties Gatemouth Brown took Texas blues uptown,. Now he’s taking C&W to New Orleans.

Fiddler on the Loose

Back in the forties Gatemouth Brown took Texas blues uptown,. Now he’s taking C&W to New Orleans.

Little Joe

Amid blaring trumpets, raised fists, bottles of beer, and a cheering mob stands the king of Saturday night.

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