John Morthland

Stories

Walser Across Texas

Beloved by bubbas and the Butthole Surfers alike, 350-pound yodeler Don Walser is country’s current cross-generational king of cool.

Wasted Days

Freddy Fender has one of the most affecting voices in the music business. So why isn’t he a star?

Border Music

A veteran filmmaker’s new documentary looks at the rich history of tejano.

Magic Fingers

San Antonio accordionist Mingo Saldivar is knocking them dead in northern Mexico.

Shell Game

Son of a gun, you’ll have big fun—and terrific fresh crawfish—at these seven Louisiana seafood joints.

Fast and Loose

Bugs Henderson doesn’t lhave an “act” — he’s simply one of the best blues guitarists around.

True Blues

In Houston a handful of juke joints and beer bars offers blues the way they used to be—a soulful, gritty communal rite.

Switch-hitter

Can tejano heartthrob Emilio Navaira survive the crossover to country music?

Axes to Grind

When Stevie Ray Vaughan died, Texas lost its premier guitarist. Can any of these ambitious young players fill his boots?

Long Shot

A new album showcases the smoky vocals and guitar of Long John Hunter—the man who gave West Texas the blues.

Range Writer

For years, no one took cowboy poetry seriously. But Buck Ramsey’s epic verse has taken the genre to new heights.

Low Steaks

How a cut of meat from the wrong side of the street rose to culinary stardom, plus a guide to Texas’ most authentic fajitas.

Low Steaks

How a cut of meat from the wrong side of the street rose to culinary stardom, plus a guide to Texas’ most authentic fajitas.

Out of Sync

Nearly everyone agrees that the nation’s best college jazz program is in Denton, but critics wonder if it isn’t mired in the past.

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