A Fredericksburg man wonders how Willie Nelson ever prevailed in a state that brought us Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Remembering Paul Burka—The State’s Most Revered Political Writer Was the Heart and Soul of Texas Monthly
Friends and former colleagues share their memories of the legendary writer, editor, and mentor.
The tons of contraband lunch meat seized at the U.S.-Mexico border tell us something about the market value of nostalgia.
There was crying in baseball after a Pearland pitcher beaned a Tulsa batter on Tuesday. What happened next might restore one’s faith in humanity.
A Lone Star State native living in Chicago insists that only small pastry squares filled with cooked fruit deserve that name.
For decades, Roddy Wiley ran the only bank in the small town of Oakwood, which happily resisted modern technology well into the twenty-first century.
Teenagers Nigel and Shane Mushambi started a baking business that combines go-getter ambition with do-gooder optimism.
Scott Wade’s dusty windshield paintings are a temporary art form that makes a lasting impression.
Beau Burns doesn’t need limits on screen time, because his favorite place to be is out working in the field.
The 1930s estate in McAllen is home to a fifteen-acre wildlife sanctuary that invites visitors to foster conservation corridors in their own backyards.
In 1998, Texas Country Reporter did an episode about Roxanne Ward, a champion hog caller who was quirky, kind, and so unapologetically herself we’ll never forget her.
In recent years, Seguin has honored the group with memorials. My father agreed to build one—but then started having second thoughts.
An interview with Armando Vera in Brownsville, who owns the only restaurant in Texas to offer traditional, buried-in-the-ground, coal-smoked barbacoa.
A Houston woman is miffed by her boyfriend’s reaction to a thoughtful gift.
Sixteen years ago, a small town’s only public school closed its doors. But not before the final graduating class invited a former POW to walk the stage, finishing what he started nearly six decades before.
Texas Country Reporter visits Maniac’s Mansion in downtown Wichita Falls, offering unlimited play steeped in eighties and nineties nostalgia.
Plus, a man broke ancient Greek vessels at the Dallas Museum of Art, and a mysterious figure walked near the fence of the Amarillo Zoo.
Bob Freeman is a craftsman who carves, plays, and sings the praises of the traditional Native American instrument.
Bob Anderson says the self-inflicted title is for amusement only, but the quirky farmer sure seems serious about garlic.
Two special-education teachers at West Brook Senior High launched a school-wide cookie-baking program that brings together students of all kinds.
I’ve visited the T. C. Lindsey & Co. General Store multiple times over the years, but our most recent visit was a surprise in the best possible way.
Okay, so it’s not a magic vehicle, but the fast-talking tour guide covers Houston’s neighborhoods from an open-air school bus.
Getting a haircut in a small town used to be a story-finding strategy for Texas Country Reporter, but the tale of Blanche Harris is one of my favorites.
The Hutto-based hatmaker uses decades-old equipment to meticulously customize every hat.
Performance Plus in Odessa is an auto shop that doubles as an archive of the toys of yesteryear.
Dawna Gillespie’s handcrafted earrings and necklaces are truly one of a kind.
No matter the time of day or night, Victor Laramore will make keys, rebuild locks, and open doors for a desperate Texan who is having a bad day.
For Demauriae Bennett, turning fourteen has never looked better.
An Austin man wonders if the people who stand behind a counter and take our orders deserve the same remuneration as the waiters and waitresses of the world.
Plus, a man robbing a Port Arthur home stopped first to mow its yard, and a 77-year-old man went for his first skydive in decades.
The Texas country star put his own spin on the fast-food tagline that’s sure to be stuck in your head for days.
Is that you, Buc-ee?
Texas has wild weather. We need a lexicon to match.
Moviegoers have returned to theaters in droves to see the long-awaited sequel—and we have Texas to thank.
Harini Logan claimed the top spot last night, making her the seventh Texan spelling bee champ in the last ten years. T-E-X-A-S!
Bill Richardson’s creations from discarded metal were featured numerous times on Texas Country Reporter, but our friendship remains near and dear to my heart.
The bookmaker apprenticed under the famous Charlie Dunn and is now training a new generation of talented craftspeople.
Chris DuCharme is self-taught, armed with a telephoto lens and words of encouragement from his late wife.
The 99-year-old North Texas musician stumped for LBJ, toured with the USO, and still recalls hundreds of tunes.
Pastor Buddy Blake led volunteers who help step in for the Department of Defense to honor fallen soldiers with a proper military burial.
Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore in Houston is home to hundreds of thousands of comic books and collectibles.
Texas Country Reporter paid a visit to the world-class wildlife preservation center, where a rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley turtle made a return to the sea.
Pianist James Dick has turned a rolling pasture outside of Round Top into a haven for classical musicians from around the world.
Founded by Holocaust survivors, the bakery is known for Jewish specialties rooted in 200-year-old family recipes.
A museum in San Felipe, 40 miles west of Houston, commemorates the unique history behind Stephen F. Austin’s founding colony.
The piano teacher turned touring musician from Lockney has been inducted into several halls of fame across the U.S.
The Comanche Tortilla & Tamale Factory has been making tamales since 1947 and wants to help inspire and educate a new generation of home cooks.
The community 50 miles east of Austin celebrates its Slavic heritage each year with music, crafts, and lots of buttery, handmade noodles.
After taking her thousands of miles across 48 states, Tiffany Kersten’s adventure led her right back home.
When she began her year-long bird-spotting adventure, Tiffany Kersten was lost and lonely. She ended up achieving a major milestone—and finding her way.