April 2012

Features

That ’70s Show

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Forty years ago, Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff, and a whole host of Texas misfits grew their hair long, snubbed Nashville, and brought the hippies and rednecks together. The birth of outlaw country changed country music forever.

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Home on the Range?

Jan 21, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

Texas Parks and Wildlife has embarked on an ambitious plan to restore the desert bighorn sheep population in Big Bend Ranch State Park. To accomplish this goal, the department has had to make hard choices about which animals live, which animals die, and what truly belongs in the Trans-Pecos.

The World at Her Feet

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Sheeler

Twenty-year-old Jane Aldridge draws 400,000 readers to her style blog, Sea of Shoes, each month; has appeared in Vanity Fair; and once attended a private dinner with Karl Lagerfeld. The secret to her success? That she won’t leave Dallas behind.

Columns

Behind the Lines
General Admission

Mar 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

Will Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin help the U.S. Supreme Court decide affirmative action once and for all? Not likely, which is why it's time to let public universities make their own decision about which students to accept.

Letter from Matagorda County
A Grain of Doubt

Mar 31, 2012 By Kate Galbraith

For more than 75 years, rice farmers in Matagorda County and elsewhere along the Gulf have shared the waters of the Colorado River with urban residents in the Hill Country. But with city centers booming and an almost-certain drought ahead, the state is being forced to choose between a water-intensive crop and a water-intensive population.

Hail Mary

Jan 21, 2013 By Bryan Curtis

Craig James—former star football player, onetime ESPN commentator, eternal antagonist of Texas Tech fans everywhere—is polling at about 4 percent in this year's Senate race. Does he really want your vote? Or just your sympathy?

Miscellany

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Mar 31, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Smoke Signals The fantastic and engrossing “Of Meat and Men” left me flashing back to childhood weekends spent at my dad’s place in Waco: Hugh’s Pit BBQ [February 2012]. We’d go with him to Buffalo to get special wood and then kick the sawdust on the floor…

Kind of Blue

Mar 31, 2012 By Jake Silverstein

Two framed letters hang side by side in the main conference room at the offices of TEXAS MONTHLY, both of them written and signed by the magazine’s founder and former publisher, Mike Levy. The first is a note that prefaced the inaugural issue, in February 1973. The second…

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Justice in Time

Mar 31, 2012 By Michael Hall

Fifteen years after being released from death row, Kerry Max Cook is still looking for freedom.

Woodshed Smokehouse

Mar 31, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

HOLY SHIN! THE SIGNATURE dish of the two-month-old Woodshed Smokehouse is so paleo that you can almost hear drumbeats when they deliver it to your table. Tipping the scales at a minimum of three and a half pounds and smoked over hickory to an ebony turn, the brazen bone-in beef…

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A Q&A With John Spong

Jan 21, 2013 By Ariel Min

The senior editor on writing about outlaw country, hearing Jerry Jeff Walker tell stories, and listening to good music.

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Where Are They Now

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Updates on the cosmic cowboys, redneck rockers, and other notables of the outlaw country scene.

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See Jane Shop

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Style blogger Jane Aldridge on where she likes to go in Texas to get her goods.

A Q&A With Bryan Curtis

Jan 21, 2013 By Alexandra Scoptur

The special correspondent on talking to former-football-star-turned-politician Craig James, understanding the “Real Street” rhetoric, and making predictions about sports.

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State of the Art
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Mar 31, 2012 By Brian D. Sweany

“The Trinity River is the biggest problem you have in Dallas today,” declared landscape architect George Kessler in his comprehensive plan for the city a century ago. And so it has remained: an undeveloped flood-prone eyesore that requires an extensive system of levees to protect residents and property. On March…

Book Review
Secret Agent Man

Mar 31, 2012 By David Romo

Retired Border Patrol officer Hipolito Acosta remembers his time on the beat in The Shadow Catcher.

Kerrville

Mar 31, 2012 By Jordan Breal

The annual folk festival celebrates its fortieth anniversary next month, but there's more to this Hill Country town than banjos and fiddles.

Rick  Reichenbach, Lighthouse Keeper

Mar 31, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Reichenbach is the caretaker for the Aransas Pass Light Station. Built in 1855 to mark entry into Corpus Christi Bay, the now privately maintained lighthouse—which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned today by H-E-B CEO Charles Butt—is the only manned lighthouse in operation on the…

Artist Interview
The Mars Volta

Mar 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

Omar Rodríguez-López on the meaning of Noctourniquet, doing a reunion with At the Drive-In, and getting bored.