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.

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Blue Chic

How Fort Worth‘s gentry learned to love the blues.

The Rock Road to Success

ZZ Top knew a good thing when they saw it: Texas.

French Twist

Cajun music is one good reason to live in a swamp Are there any others?

Will’s Testament

Western swing will never die, and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys will never retire.

Biz Kids

Balcones Fault is a show band with a head on its shoulders.

The Last Record Store

There’­s a heaven for record collectors and it’­s in the middle of West Texas.

Catchy Coup

How to squeeze a multimillion-dollar business out of a ten-second radio jingle.

Saturday Night

If it’s Saturday night and you just got paid, you’re a fool about your money and don’t try to save—go dancing.

Saturday Night

If it’s Saturday night and you just got paid, you’re a fool about your money and don’t try to save—go dancing.

Little Joe

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

Little Joe

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

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.

Notes from the Ground

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

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