By the end of May, the weather in the Panhandle finally turned nasty, and two real-life tornado trackers cut to the chase.
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.
When the double life of pioneering record producer Huey Meaux was exposed, it was time to face the music: How well did I really know the legend I once called my friend?
Spend a long weekend this spring meandering through Texas’ fabled heartland, where you can stop and smell the wildflowers, taste country cooking, and take home a trunkful of fine antiques.
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.
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.
The verdict is in, but a complete account of what went on in the Selena murder trial hasn’t come out—until now.
The music man.
The prophet of ‘Doom.’
Travel InfoBefore 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 GoDepending on the time of year,
Each week, record promoters flock to see Redbeard, the Dallas radio programmer with an ear for the best new music.
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.
A complete guide to the coolest stretch of the Guadalupe: 22 miles of tubing, rafting, and all-around fun in the sun.
With a computer and a modem, anyone can travel the state on the information superhighway, but it helps to have a road map. A complete guide to Texas on-line.
Music and dance define Veracruz, the city with the stongest coffee and the freshest seafood in Mexico.
An Austin arts group is exposing the roots of Texas music to a younger audience.
Unchecked growth of microscopic algae has muddied the water—and threatened the future—of Laguna Madre.
Diverse styles and a shared devotion to fold music mark new releases by Nanci Griffith and Robert Earl Keen.
Building a better Fort Worth.
The sound of assimilation.
The world’s leading expert on rock legend Buddy Holly, Bill Griggs is alive and well and living in the fifties.
It’s harvest time for the green chile—the mild-mannered pepper that adds zest to almost any dish.
Some of the brightest country music stars—like Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd—are born in the honky-tonks of Beaumont.
A new musical from a group of Lubbock expatriates celebrates West Texas’ bawdy past.
Two Arizona ex-hippie publishers are bringing Texas' weekly papers into the mainstream.
With a song on a hit movie sound track, Dallasite Lisa Loeb is ready to make a deal.
The family gift for gab radio is bringing El Paso’s Fred Imus fortune and fame.
Baseball season is here at last, and for the Texas Rangers and their fans, it’s a whole new Ballpark.
With its wildflowers, Texas history, and romantic B&Bs, Washington County is an enchanted April getaway.
A cool mariachi bar (in Juárez), tasty lake bass (in Cuidad Acuña), terrific shoes and boots (in Reynosa), and other secrets of border travel.
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.
My third year organizing the JFK assassination conference was one year too many.
You don’t need to travel to Vermont to see fall splendor. Discover it in the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas’ undiscovered national park.
In his new release, Jimmie Dale Gilmore sings country music the way it’s supposed to be sung—pure and easy.
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.
If you want to see the real Texas, take a little extra time, turn off the interstates, and ride these alternate routes.
Even after his baseball career is over, Nolan Ryan will continue to be a role model for my kids—and me.
At an obscure backwoods honky-tonk, Houstonians get a dose of the blues.
In Texas, singer Calvin Russell can barely fill a club. In France, he’s more popular than Willie—and sells more records.
It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.
Texas’ tejano radio stations dish out a spicy mix of music and patter in English and Spanish, and the ratings are magnifico.
Brownsville’s Sabal Palm Grove has it made in the shade.
From Scott Joplin to ZZ Top, a comprehensive guide to the best Texas music on CD.
Ely may have a new album, but his best performances have always been live, in person.
Houston’s favorite bouncer keeps the peace with style and a smile.
Plainview became Rustwater, Kansas, for the shoot.
Agents target the flow of contraband on the border.
John L. Guldemann scorns claims that Longhorns damage the natural area.
Ward and deejays Murphy, Milton, and Love rap about rappers.