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.


Bigger Bend

Rising high above the floor of the Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico’s Museo Maderas del Carmen nature reserve is like a whole other country. Plus: information on how to visit the park.

Splendor in the Grass

Thirty years ago J. David Bamberger bought “the worst piece of land in Blanco County,” then cleared the cedar and planted native trees and grasses. Today his ranch is a haven for birders, environmentalists, and students— and he is a revered guru of land stewardship.

Environment • Steve Manning

For the birds.

Doug Sahm
Executive Ranch

Life around the town of Crawford sure was slow until George W. Bush bought a ranch there.

Sand Dollars

The economics of beach tourism.

Angels & Outlaws

What is Texas music?

Y'all in the Family

How did Lloyd Maines get to be a revered guitarist and record producer? How did his daughter Natalie find fame as a Dixie Chick? Chalk it up to musicianship—and kinship.

Tomorrow People

Meet the senior class of what might be called Texas Music U. — four up-and-coming acts that should graduate to the big time.

Musical Marginalia

The places, people and stories behind Texas music.

Tuned Out

Five years after Selena’s death, tejano music is struggling to be heard.