August 2021 Issue

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How Going Home Helped Inspire Leon Bridges’s New Album—And Saved His Life

“ ... I’m not handsome enough to be here, I’m not a good enough songwriter. Just feeling like I didn’t deserve to be in the position that was handed to me.”


ropers motel pecos jane identified as Jolaine Hemmy.

Pecos Jane Has a Name

The young woman who mysteriously drowned in the Ropers Motel pool in 1966 might have remained anonymous forever, if not for cutting-edge genetics, old-fashioned genealogy—and the kindness of a small West Texas town.

The State

The margherita pie at Prometheus Pizza, in Fredericksburg.

Dining Guide: Highlights From Our August 2021 Issue

Texas Monthly adds and updates approximately sixty restaurant listings to our Dining Guide each month. There’s limited space in the print issue, but the entire searchable guide to the best of Texas cuisine is at your fingertips online!Below are a few highlights from the new restaurants reviewed in our


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