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Former senior editor Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for five decades. He is the author and coauthor of biographies of Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, and the Dallas Cowboys, and he wrote the texts for various coffee-table books on the Texas mountains, the Texas coast, and Big Bend National Park.

One of his more recent titles is Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, published in 2019. His 2020 book, The Ballad of Robert Ealey and His Five Careless Lovers, is an oral history of the seminal blues band Patoski grew up with in Fort Worth in the early 1970s. He has also written Generations on the Land, published by Texas A&M University Press, and Texas High School Football: More Than the Game, a catalog of an exhibit he curated for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in 2011, and has contributed essays to the books Homegrown, Conjunto, and My Soul Looks Back in Wonder.

A staff writer for Texas Monthly for eighteen years and a onetime reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, Patoski currently serves as a writer-at-large for Texas Highways and hosts The Texas Music Hour of Power on Marfa Public Radio and Wimberley Valley Radio.

He directed the documentary film Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove about the musician Doug Sahm in 2015.

He lives in the Texas Hill Country near Wimberley.

340 Articles

November 1, 1991

Bummin’ Around

The most satisfying part of being a Houston Oilers fan isn’t their record this season or quarterback Warren Moon’s command of the run-and-shoot offense or the way the home crowds get so worked up that they threaten to blow the roof off the Astrodome. No, it’s that distinctive drawl on

September 30, 1991

S.A. Print Wars Revisited

It seems like only yesterday that media czar and San Antonio Express-News owner Rupert Murdoch rallied his troops in Texas’ most heated daily newspaper war with the battle cry “Bury the bastards.”

September 30, 1991

Class Speaker

Jim Wright is passing out copies of his book again-and this time it’s required reading.

August 31, 1991

Jail for Sale

Own a piece of history and get in on the ground floor of the booming penal-corrections-facilities industry.

April 30, 1991

Art Guile

“We’re feeding off the public,” brag the shameless, self-promoting Art Guys.

April 1, 1991

Jazz It Up

A jazz-and –blues guide spotlights the Texas venues that have withstood the test of time.

February 1, 1991

Magnet Musicians

Singers Edie Brickell and Sara Hickman share a formula for success attend the right school and take up art.

January 1, 1991

The Grim Recorders

Gas prices, weather, and day of the week all count in the dismal task of predicting holiday highway death tolls.

December 1, 1990

Killer Buzz

The Africanized bees have arrived, and Anita Collins can’t wait to take them on.

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