Joe Nick Patoski

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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 (TexasA&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.

Feature |
June 30, 1996

Riders on the Storm

By the end of May, the weather in the Panhandle finally turned nasty, and two real-life tornado trackers cut to the chase.

Music |
May 31, 1996

Junior Achievement

Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker—and now Junior Brown? The former community college teacher is the latest outlaw to hijack Texas country music, and he may be the greatest.

Reporter |
March 1, 1996

Big Bend, R.I.P.?

Air pollution from Mexico has descended on Big Bend big time and while officials on both sides of the border dither, our last unspoiled frontier is slipping away.

Politics & Policy |
January 1, 1996

Bugging Out

Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are reeling from last year’s crop disaster—and they don’t cotton to agriculture commissioner Rick Perry’s excuses.

Travel & Outdoors |
May 31, 1995

The Shore Thing

Our complete guide to a great vacation on South Padre Island: the best spot for tanning, who serves the freshest seafood, how to rent scuba gear, where to see the prettiest sunset, and more.

Travel & Outdoors |
May 31, 1995

Trip Tips

Travel Info Before you go, write or call the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (Box 3500, South Padre Island 78597; 800-343-2368) and load up on the helpful brochures; or on your way in, stop at the Visitors Center at 600 Padre Boulevard. When to Go Depending on the

Music |
May 31, 1995

Hit Picker

Each week, record promoters flock to see Redbeard, the Dallas radio programmer with an ear for the best new music.

Feature |
February 1, 1995

Gone to CyberTexas

With a computer and a modem, anyone can ravel the state on the information superhighway, but it helps to have a road map. A complete guide to Texas on-line.

Reporter |
December 1, 1994

Folk Lure

An Austin arts group is exposing the roots of Texas music to a younger audience.

Environment |
November 1, 1994

Sea Change

Unchecked growth of microscopic algae has muddied the water—and threatened the future—of Laguna Madre.

Music |
September 30, 1994

Tour de Folk

Diverse styles and a shared devotion to fold music mark new releases by Nanci Griffith and Robert Earl Keen.

Literature |
August 31, 1994

Rave On

The world’s leading expert on rock legend Buddy Holly, Bill Griggs is alive and well and living in the fifties.

Feature |
June 30, 1994

The Big Twang

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

Reporter |
April 30, 1994

Reality Bit

With a song on a hit movie sound track, Dallasite Lisa Loeb is ready to make a deal.

Feature |
April 1, 1994

Rhapsody in Blue

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

Feature |
January 1, 1994

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.

Music |
August 31, 1993

The Natural

In his new release, Jimmie Dale Gilmore sings country music the way it’s supposed to be sung—pure and easy.

Feature |
June 30, 1993

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.

Feature |
May 31, 1993

Green Highways

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

Feature |
April 30, 1993

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.

Music |
April 1, 1993

French Twist

In Texas, singer Calvin Russell can barely fill a club. In France, he’s more popular than Willie—and sells more records.