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 Big Twang

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

Rhapsody in Blue

With its wildflowers, Texas history, and romantic B&Bs, Washington County is an enchanted April getaway.

Home Field Advantage

Baseball season is here at last, and for the Texas Rangers and their fans, it’s a whole new Ballpark.

Tex-Mex Treks: Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila

A cool mariachi bar (in Juárez), tasty lake bass (in Cuidad Acuña), terrific shoes and boots (in Reynosa), and other secrets of border travel.

Nashville City Limits

Once, country acts made art in Austin and money in Nashville. Today each place is a lot like the other, which is why more Texas singers are heading east.

Show Your Colors

You don’t need to travel to Vermont to see fall splendor. Discover it in the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas’ undiscovered national park.

True Fit

Comfort, style, and identity are a few of the reasons why Texans will be forever in blue jeans.

Raise the Roof

The Alamodome is more than an outsized sports arena. It’s a marvel of urban planning that ensures San Antonio’s downtown vitality for years to come.

Green Highways

If you want to see the real Texas, take a little extra time, turn off the interstates, and ride these alternate routes.

A Farewell to Arm

Even after his baseball career is over, Nolan Ryan will continue to be a role model for my kids—and me.

Big Bend Made Easy

It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.

What a Disc!

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

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.

Big Bird

Getting up close and personal with the endangered whooping crane.

Golden Oldies

Seven legendary Texas musicians who won’t ever let the music stop.