Bibliography | Joe Nick Patoski

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  • Willie Nelson: An Epic Life The book is in many ways the culmination of my writings about music, Texas, and Texans. [Little, Brown & Company, April 2008] Order the book from

    October 2012 Hardcover

    Joe Nick Patoski, The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America

    978-0-316-07755-2, $29.99


    From Dandy Don Meredith and Roger Staubach to the three Super Bowls won by the unbeatable trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith in the mid-nineties, to TO, Tony Romo, and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Cowboys have been the NFL’s star franchise for 50 years. Love them or hate them-the Dallas Cowboys are known as “America’s Team.”

    But the Cowboys have never been just about football. With their oil baron roots, overbearing, ego-driven owner, players who can’t stay out of the tabloids, a palatial new home that sets the standard for modern stadiums, fans as enthusiastic as cheerleaders, and cheerleaders who are as famous as the team itself, the Cowboys have become a staple of Americana.

    Joe Nick Patoski plumbs all these stories in a book that is a rich, sometimes scandalous, and always vivid portrait of a time, a place, and an irreplaceable team.


    Joe Nick Patoski is the author of the award-winning Willie Nelson: An Epic Life as well as biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena. He has written for No Depression, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Country Music, TV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.

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  • "Big time in Cowtown" (PDF format) In 1965, Willie Nelson came home to Panther Hall, a country-music oasis deep in the heart of Cowtown, to record a live album his way [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 14, 2008]
  • "Radio Days" (PDF format) Fort Worth was where the quest began for a hungry young musician who worked as a DJ named Willie Nelson [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Music Feature, April 13, 2008]


  • Big Bend Field Notes The author jumps over a watery passage in the Chihuahuan Desert. Two and a half million acres (one million hectares) of this desert straddle the Texas-Mexico border in a block of protected land known as El Carmen–Big Bend Transboundary Megacorridor. [National Geographic, Texas Feature, February 2007]
  • BLOG, Joe Nick’s original Selina, Ladybird Johnson, Obama, Sam the Sham and more. [active 2004-2007]
  • Border Crossing in the Chihuahua Desert (PDF format) Cross-boundary conservation efforts secure North America’s hidden wilderness. [Nature Conservancy, Winter 2007, pdf file]
  • Desolate Majesty: Preserving beauty without borders Straddling Texas and Mexico, the Big Bend region is high in biodiversity and low in footprints. It’s a place so untamed that if something doesn’t bite, stick, or sting, it’s probably a rock. [National Geographic, Texas Feature, February 2007] Listen to National Geographic staffer Kathleen Ridgely read “Desolate Majesty: Beyond Big Bend.”
  • The Great Divide (PDF format) Habitat destruction vs. clean fuel. Is wind power the scourge its critics claim it is? Joe Nick reports from Texas on the big brawl in the Nation’s wind power capital. [The Land Report, Texas Feature, November 2007]
  • Saved by the Belle She rose from welfare mom to Nashville queen. No wonder Naomi Judd has so much to tell the world about healing, finding joy, and beating the disease that nearly took her life. [AARP The Magazine, Music Feature, May & June 2007]


  • Back in Black With or without a stocking program, the black bear is returning to East Texas. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Texas Feature, February 2006]
  • Big Bend National Park The land has many names: El Despoblado. The Empty Space on the Map. The Chisos. El Rio. La Frontera. Sky Island in a Desert Sea. The Last Frontier. For more than fifty years, the heart of it has been officially known as Big Bend National Park. [University of Texas Press, October 2006, Hardcover: 112 pages, 82 color phots, ISBN-10: 0-292-71441-6; ISBN-13: 978-0-292-71441-0]
  • The Boys with the Bands Joe Nick Patoski interviews Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and Louis Black – founders of the infamous SXSW Festival. [The Texas Observer, Music Feature, March 10, 2006]
  • The Fall and Rise of Blaze Foley Mike Fuller loved his friends, drank too much, applied duct tape liberally, and was shot to death in 1989. His songs have made him a legend. [No Depression, Music Festures, September-October 2006] blog Blaze Letters
  • Fighting for Independence The Nature Conservancy, along with a few determined individuals, struggled for years to save this one-of-a-kind desert wetland. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2006]
  • Hi Fi Nation The first time I saw High Fidelity, I thought my life story had been put on the big screen. [Southwest Spirit Magazine, Music Feature, July 2006]
  • Isles and isles of Greece Whether you crave the serenity of Syros or the merriment of Mykonos, there’s a Greek island — with fabulous food and views — waiting for you. [The Austin American-Statesman, Travel Feature, September 10, 2006]
  • Keeping Up With Jones The King of Country Music shows us his Nashville [AARP The Magazine, Music Feature, July & August 2006]
  • Okie Dokie Stomp Clifford Antone called the tune and the world danced. [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, May 26, 2006]
  • Park and Parcel The underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department struggles to sell itself [The Texas Observer, Texas Feature, April 7, 2006]
  • Rita’s Wakeup Call While the hurricane carved a path of destruction, it also helped shine a spotlight on a more insidious problem — human impact on wetlands. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2006]


  • About Them Shoes, Hubert Sumlin [Harp Magazine, Music Review, May 2005] view article
  • And the Hot Tub Goes to . . . Austin When Mayor Will Wynn of Austin announced last December that MTV’s “Real World” would be filming its 16th season in his city, he did so with the enthusiasm of a civic leader who had just persuaded a Fortune 500 company to move to his neighborhood. [The New York Times, Music Feature, June 19, 2005]
  • Far Out Far West Texas When the bumpy dirt road to this Far West Texas ghost town was coated with asphalt four years ago, Terlingua became convenient. Its days as a sleepy, unpretentious, off-the-beaten-path reinvented mining town were over. [The Texas Observer, Texas Feature, December 16, 2005]
  • Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead [Austin Chronicle, Music Review, December 2, 2005] view article
  • Eliza Gilkyson The Long Way Around – extended feature. [No Depression, Music Feature, Issue No. 59 September-October 2005]
  • Grant Street, Sonny Landreth Artists [Harp Magazine, Music Review, March/April 2005] view article
  • Russell Graves: Pied Piper of Ag Science The "Home of Champions" sign in front of Childress High School refers to its National FFA Organization chapter, not the football team. One of the reasons for the agriculture program’s success is that teacher Russell Graves has led his ag students out of the box…way out of the box. [Texas Co-op Power, Texas Feature, August 2005] Read the story as a PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Hill Country Review: Live at Bonnaroo, North Mississippi All-Stars [Harp Magazine, Music Review, January/February 2005] view article
  • Hotel, Moby [Harp Magazine, Music Review, May 2005] view article
  • Hotwalker – Tom Russell Outsider art commands bully pulpit "I’m a frustrated writer," Tom Russell confessed to me a couple years ago. He finally did something about it. [Harp Magazine, Music Review, May 2005]
  • Katrina Mississippi Coast Report When I got the call, I agreed to help cover the hurricane with the stipulation I go to Mississippi. I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR and a caller complained she’d heard zero coverage about Waveland, which was in Katrina’s bulls-eye. [Misc. Feature, September 8, 2005] [Katrina photos] [Listen to NPR’s Day to Day (Sept. 12, 2005) "Weathering Katrina at the Log Cabin Bar".
  • Los Super Seven The Long Way Around – extended feature. [No Depression, Music Feature, Issue No. 56 March-April 2005]
  • The Only Honest Lake in Texas It looks like a winner has emerged in the struggle for Caddo Lake. [Texas Observer, Water Feature, July 8, 2005]
  • The Park That Time Forgot Boasting the world’s largest spring-fed pool and a retro-cool motel, Balmorhea State Park is the great oasis of the Chihuahuan Desert. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, April 2005] blog Kinney Water Wars
  • Paging Dr. Frankendeer A controversy over cloned deer erupts in Texas. [Field & Stream, Texas Feature, November 30, 2005]
  • Seadrift Nation "Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight For Seadrift, Texas" [Texas Observer, Books and the Culture, November 04, 2005]
  • Texas Coast This beautiful book combines Laurence Parent’s magnificent photographs with Joe Nick Patoski’s entertaining text to create a one-of-a-kind portrait of the Texas coast. [University of Texas Press, October 2005, Hardcover: 108 pages, 68 color photos, ISBN: 029270299X]
  • Top 10 Swimming Holes [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2005]
  • The Ultimate Big Bend Hike Six days and 70 miles of aching backs, oozing blisters, lost toenails, lightning storms and unimaginable beauty. [Texas Parks and Wildlfe magazine, Travel Feature, August 2005]
  • Water Wars How growing demand, fuzzy legal rulings and plain old stubbornness have turned Kinney County into a hotbed of water politics. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2005] blog Kinney Water Wars
  • Windblown, Kimmie Rhodes [Harp Magazine, Music Review, March/April 2005] view article
  • You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music, Charlie Poole [Harp Magazine, Music Review, June 2005] view article


  • Guad is Good; Guad is Great It’s the finest recreational river in Texas, but how long can it last? [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2004]
  • It’s a Texas Thang – Or Is It? From the Texas Observer’s 50th Anniversary issue…It was on a trip to my mother’s native country of Greece that I realized there really is such a thing as Texas culture. [The Texas Observer, Texas Feature, December 3, 2004]
  • Resentments: Sunday Evening Coming Down How the Resentments rose from under-the-radar lark to become a real band with a higher place and purpose. [No Depression, Music Feature, March-April, 2004]
  • The Ride – Los Lobos When it comes to defining American music over the past quarter century, no band comes close to Los Lobos. [Harp Magazine, Music Review, September/October 2004]
  • Stay All Night – Buddy Holly’s Country Roots [West Texas Roots, Music Review, July 2004]
  • Up Close and Texan Visitors for the big ‘fooba’ game have their own ways. So listen up, all y’all. [The Los Angeles Times, Texas Feature, December 30, 2004]
  • Walk Like Cleto H-town’s Chingo Bling slings tamale beats [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, June 11, 2004]
  • Willie Nelson How much is one picker’s word worth. And whatever happened to peace on earth? [No Depression, Music Feature, September-October, 2004]


  • Catching a Break: Surf City Texas It’s too flat to surf the beach and not quite warm enough to chase oil tankers in the bay. [The Dallas Morning News, Water Feature]
  • Cool, clear water The sweetest pleasure of a Texas summer is the swimming hole. [The Dallas Morning News, Water Feature, August 31, 2003] plus Swimming Holes Across Texas
  • The Cult of Ray Ray Benson steps out from behind the Wheel. [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, July 18, 2003]
  • A Force of Nature a 4-part series of articles about the Guadalupe covering issues at the headwaters around Canyon Lake to Victoria and rural areas, and on to the Gulf Coast. [San Antonio Current, Water Feature, December 4, 2003]
  • The House That Judd Built Late artist Donald Judd worked and lived at the busy corner of Mercer and Spring Streets. His building and its contents–the art collection Judd accrued over a lifetime-may soon be available for public viewing. [Time Out New York, Misc Feature, August 14-21, 2003]
  • My Obsession Joe Nick Patoski leaves this terrestrial plane — radio plane, that is. [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, December 19, 2003]
  • A Night at the Opry The Celeste Opry features old-fashioned jamborees with country-fried fun for the whole family. [The Dallas Morning News, October 18, 2003]
  • Pit Stops; The Best of the Best; Top Fifty Where are the best places to eat barbecue in Texas? Six years ago we published a highly subjective-and hotly debated- list of our fifty favorite joints, and now we’ve gone back for seconds. [Texas Monthly, Travel Feature, May 2003]
  • Pom-pom and Circumstance Why you can’t spell “cheerleader” without “leader.” [Texas Monthly, My Life, Texas Feature, February 2003 ]
  • The Real Texas: Caprock Canyons Trailway History pulses along the Caprock Canyons Trailway as it courses by ancient flatlands, wild canyons and authentic, old Texas towns. [Rails to Trails, Travel Feature, Winter 2003]
  • 60-Minute Man Leaving on a Jet Plane, the pop hit by Peter, Paul and Mary, may have put the romance in flying. [The Dallas Morning News, Travel Feature, October 24, 2003]
  • See the Forest of Cooperation for the Trees The first shot marking a new phase in the great American environmental war was fired last week — in Fort Worth, of all places. But hardly anyone heard it. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Feature, May 19, 2003]
  • Songwriter helps lead the fight against development Mr. Russell and five of his neighbors managed to reroute massive overhead power lines. [The Dallas Morning News, Music Feature, December 12, 2003]
  • Texas Water Safari: 260 miles of rowing your boat To finish the Texas Water Safari, you have to paddle nonstop in a canoe or kayak for 260 miles from Aquarena Center. [The Dallas Morning News, Water Feature, June 27, 2003]
  • A Time to Drill? Last year the feds went toe-to-toe with environmentalists over allowing natural-gas drilling on Padre Island, but neither side has scored a knockout. Here’s what to expect in the next few rounds. [Texas Monthly, Texas Feature, March 2003]


  • Alive and Kicking; Boot Anatomy; 25 Top Custom Bootmakers Nothing advertises your Texas bona fides more these days than a pair of handmade cowboy boots. Here’s everything you need to know about them – how to tell a vamp from a pull, which toe style is right with a suit – and where to buy the best. [Texas Monthly, Texas Feature, June 2002]
  • Alternate Routes [Texas Monthly, May 2002]
  • Big Adventure Senior editor Joe Nick Patoski tells the story behind this month’s cover story, “Big Bend 2002.” [Texas Monthly, March 2002]
  • Big Bend 2002 Whether you want to hike it, raft it, drive it, or all of the above, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to Texas’ greatest treasure. [Texas Monthly, Travel Feature, March 2002]
  • James Luther Dickinson [Austin Chronicle, Music Review, October 18, 2002]
  • Driving Music [Texas Monthly, May 2002]
  • Get Your Groove Back A new book on dance halls explains why Texans are itching to go boot-scootin’. [Texas Monthly, August 2002]
  • It’s Simply a Matter of Taste For some of us, there’s nothing better than a cold longneck bottle of Big Red. [Texas Monthly, March 2002]
  • The Next 25 Bootmakers More of the best bootmakers in the state. [Texas Monthly, June 2002]
  • Paper Chase Read all about it: Alpine residents win big during the town’s newspaper war. [Texas Monthly, January 2002 Media]
  • Pass The Bass, Por Favor Barra Del Tordo, a jungly sanctuary on the San Rafael River. [Outside Magazine, Travel Feature, December 2002]
  • Pretty Drives [Texas Monthly, May 2002]
  • Reliant Stadium Tackling the ins and outs of Reliant Stadium. [Texas Monthly, September 2002 Reporter]
  • Rough Roads These drives are sure to get your attention. [Texas Monthly, May 2002]
  • Survival Guide Everything you need to know about getting around in Big Bend, from where to stay inside the park to where to get diesel fuel. [Texas Monthly, March 2002]
  • Touchdown! Houston kicks off with a new NFL team and a state-of-the-art stadium. [Texas Journey, Sports Feature, July/August 2002]
  • Two Towns Still Terrific A family’s summer trip to Washington and New York finds unexpected enrichment in the poignant aftermath of 9-11. [San Antonio Express-News, Travel Feature, July 28, 2002]
  • Tune In, Turn On Why Grand Prarie’s Bobby Patterson of KKDA-AM is my favorite deejay in Texas. [Texas Monthly, May 2002 Media]
  • Undammed and Unforgiving Why would a veteran paddler go through hell and low water to take on the last wild river? The Devils made him do it. [Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Water Feature, July 2002]
  • Water Foul When the City of Marshall wanted to pump millions of gallons of water out of Caddo Lake and sell them to the highest bidder, the state said, “Sure.” Residents of Karnack, Uncertain, and other tiny northeast Texas towns said, “Hell, no.” [Texas Monthly, Water Feature, October 2002]
  • Water Hazard The mayor of San Antonio says a 2,600-acre golf resort on top of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone won’t ruin the city’s sole source of drinking water. Who wants to tee off on that one? [Texas Monthly, November 2002 Environment] Prairie Dogma Birders and their allies want to preserve the vanishing grassland of the farm and ranch country west of Houston, but time is running out. [Texas Monthly, September 2002 Environment]
  • West Side Horns [Austin Chronicle, Music Review, September 13, 2002] Texas Platters
  • Which Side of the Fence Are You On? All over Texas, ranchers are putting up eight-foot fences to keep their deer from roaming so they can charge more for hunting leases. Purists say shooting such deer doesn’t amount to “fair chase.” [Texas Monthly, February 2002]
  • Yelapa [Texas Monthly, October 2002]
  • You Cheated [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, November 8, 2002]


  • A Ballad of the West by Bobby Bridger [Texas Monthly, March 2001]
  • Book Drive Colleyville’s library plot. [Texas Monthly, April 2001 Reporter]
  • Boone Pickens Wants To Sell You His Water And you’re going to need it, eventually, since Texas’ most precious natural resource is being depleted at an alarming rate. His plan is to pump vast amounts from his land in the Panhandle and pipe it to parched cities like El Paso and San Antonio-for a hefty price, of course. [Texas Monthly, August 2001]
  • Laura Canales [Texas Monthly, September 2001 Culture]
  • David Clyde [Texas Monthly, September 2001 Sports]
  • Dead On Deadline Why reporters who cover the border are finding themselves more and more under the gun. [Texas Monthly, May 2001 Media]
  • Joe Dealey [Texas Monthly, September 2001 Business]
  • Distress Signal San Antonio’s Clear Channel Communications may dominate Texas’ airways, but the way it does business is tuning out to the best things on the radio. [Texas Monthly, November 2001 Media]
  • Extra! Extra! Bob Mong knows he’s facing many challenges, and he certainly didn’t ask me what I’d do if I were in charge of the Dallas Morning News. I thought I’d offer some nickel advice anyway. [Texas Monthly, August 2001]
  • 50 Things Every Texan Should Do Have you gotten lost in the Big Thicket? Attended a South Texas pachanga? [Texas Monthly, March 2001]
  • Guad Is Great Forget about the Rocky Mountains. For first-class kayaking, fishing, and bird-watching, head to the Lower Guadalupe after Labor Day, when the drunken armada of tubers retreats to shore and nature returns in full strength. [Texas Monthly, Water Feature, December 2001 Great Outdoors]
  • Hot Box Notes on notable musicians. [Texas Monthly, December 2001]
  • Liberalism Lives! In a state that’s becoming more conservative, two young editors at the Texas Observer are reenergizing a magazine that won’t leave the left behind. [Texas Monthly, July 2001 Media]
  • The New Guy What’s the story on Bob Mong, the new editor of the The Dallas Morning News? He has a newshound’s instinct, an insider’s touch, and his work cut out for him. [Texas Monthly, August 2001 Media]
  • Nifty Fifty Senior editors Anne Dingus and Joe Nick Patoski tell the story behind this month’s cover story, “50 Things Every Texan Should Do.” [Texas Monthly, March 2001]
  • Old-Fashioned Texas Texas is changing before our eyes, but fried pies, drive-in movie theaters, and other vestiges of earlier days are all around. To find these treasures, we risked life, limb, and cholesterol count-and had a blast from the past. [Texas Monthly, August 2001]
  • On the Water Front Summer’s blast furnace is firing up. Luckily, Texas is a paradise of spring-fed pools, sparkling beaches, and more. [Texas Monthly, June 2001]
  • The Original Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders [Texas Monthly, September 2001 Texana]
  • The Reformer The El Paso mayor’s race. [Texas Monthly, April 2001 Reporter]
  • Riding High McAllen’s terminal condition. [Texas Monthly, April 2001 Reporter]
  • Scenes From Nowhere by Will Sexton [Texas Monthly, February 2001]
  • Talking Ed Fort Worth’s horse play. [Texas Monthly, April 2001 Reporter]
  • Tall Tales Photographer Laurence Parent and senior editor Joe Nick Patoski talk about climbing, the best shot, and their new book, Texas Mountains. [Texas Monthly Interview, November 2001]
  • Texas Ranges In an excerpt from their forthcoming book, Texas Mountains, senior editor Joe Nick Patoski and freelance photographer Laurence Parent celebrate the wild beauty of the state’s sierras. [Texas Monthly Feature, November 2001]
  • Tropical Paradise Jeff Henry believes his new Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island will be a success. It just might take a while-but, hey, that’s okay. [Texas Monthly, July 2001]
  • True Story When one of his reporters turned up missing in Mexico, the editor of the San Antonio Express-News took on one of the most important assignments of his life. [Texas Monthly, Media, October 2001]
  • What Would Donald Judd Do? Seven years after Donald Judd’s death, the residents of a cow town in far west Texas are caught in the middle of an estate war between the renowned artist’s former lover and his children. [Texas Feature, July 2001]
  • The Widow’s Pique In Lubbock they call her the “Spanish Yoko Ono,” and Mar’a Elena Holly, Buddy Holly’s widow, has always had a troubled relationship with his conservative hometown. Some folks rave on that it’s her greed that has killed the city’s Buddy Holly Music Festival. [Texas Monthly, February 2001]
  • The Wild Coast The untamed beach of Boca Chica, the birds of High Island, and the wilderness of Matagorda Island–these and other hidden treasures await you–if you know where to look. [Texas Bound, Travel Feature, May 2001]


  • Angels & Outlaws What is Texas music? [Texas Monthly, May 2000 Behind the Lines]
  • Airport 2000 These days, a plane trip can entail more time in the terminal than in the air. But why get stressed when you can have a massage, taste Texas wines, go for a jog, check your e-mail-even eat gumbo while watching (other people’s) planes take off? [Texas Monthly, November 2000]
  • Bigger Bend Rising high above the floor of the Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico’s Museo Maderas del Carmen nature reserve is like a whole other country. Plus: information on how to visit the park. [Texas Monthly, October 2000 Travel]
  • Catfish, Carp, and Diamonds: 35 Years of Texas Blues [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • The Coast Explore 620 miles of fun and sun on the Texas Gulf Coast. [Texas Bound, Travel Feature, Spring/Summer 2000]
  • Contigo by La Mafia [Texas Monthly, December 2000]
  • Crashed At heart, Dewey Winburne was an educator, not an entrepreneur; he saw technology as a tool for doing good rather than doing well. Even so, he was able to survive in Austin’s heady new economy – until the pressure got to him. [Texas Monthly, March 2000]
  • Environment * Steve Manning For the birds. [Texas Monthly, September 2000]
  • Executive Ranch Life around the town of Crawford sure was slow until George W. Bush bought a ranch there. [Texas Monthly, June 2000 Reporter]
  • Hot Night Tonight by Barbara Lynn [Texas Monthly, October 2000]
  • Jacksboro Highway by Rob Roy Parnell [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • The King of Clubs The longtime impresario of the coolest chain of nightlife spots in Texas remembers well what it was like to be a Cellar dweller. Me too. [Texas Monthly, April 2000 Profile]
  • Land That I Love City folks with money to burn are driving up the cost of living in the Davis Mountains and the state’s other pretty places. What’s a rancher to do? [Texas Monthly, March 2000]
  • Live at the Austin Outhouse by Blaze Foley [Texas Monthly, January 2000]
  • Most Requested by Mean Gene Kelton [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • Noise and Smoke by Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • One Endless Night by Jimmie Dale Gilmore [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • Jimmy Reed, Emancipator of the South: An Oral History The quest begins with the discovery of a black and white photograph taken in 1961. [Blues Access magazine, Music Feature, Summer 2000, Issue No. 42]
  • Places in Between by Terri Hendrix [Texas Monthly, June 2000]
  • Play Ball, Y’all Meet eight Texas teams that are bringing America’s pastime-the gimmicky, anything-goes minor league version-to a stadium near you. [Texas Monthly, April 2000]
  • Quiero Un Camaro by Los #3 Dinners [Texas Monthly, February 2000]
  • The Return of Wayne Douglas by Doug Sahm [Texas Monthly, August 2000]
  • Chris Rybak by Chris Rybak [Texas Monthly, April 2000]
  • SRV by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble [Texas Monthly, November 2000]
  • Doug Sahm To Sir, with love: Why Doug Sahm was my hero. [Texas Monthly, January 2000 Texas Primer] reporter
  • San Antonio Rock: The Harlem Recordings, 1957-1961 by Doug Sahm [Texas Monthly, May 2000]
  • Sand Dollars The economics of beach tourism. [Texas Monthly, June 2000]
  • Splendor in the Grass Thirty years ago J. David Bamberger bought “the worst piece of land in Blanco County,” then cleared the cedar and planted native trees and grasses. [Texas Monthly, October 2000]
  • Superfast by Dynamite Hack [Texas Monthly, March 2000]
  • Tomorrow People Meet the senior class of what might be called Texas Music U. – four up-and-coming acts that should graduate to the big time. [Texas Monthly, May 2000]
  • Tuned Out Five years after Selena’s death, tejano music is struggling to be heard. [Texas Monthly, May 2000 Reporter]
  • Y’all in the Family How did Lloyd Maines get to be a revered guitarist and record producer? How did his daughter Natalie find fame as a Dixie Chick? [Texas Monthly, May 2000]
  • Zool—gico Tropical by Rodolfo “Fito” Olivares [Texas Monthly, September 2000]


  • Team Player How George W. Bush ran the Texas Rangers and became, finally, a successful businessman. [Texas Monthly, Texas Feature, June 1999]
  • My Wimberley Why Wimberley is not Columbine. [Texas Monthly, Behind the Lines, Texas Feature, June 1999]
  • The Show Must Go On Its stars may be senior citizens, but The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies rivals any spectacular in Vegas or on Broadway.[American Way, Misc. Feature, October 15, 1999]
  • Wind, Rain, Sleet or Snow Go behind the scenes at The Weather Channel, the cable empire whose seventy-two million households depend on it come hell or high water. [American Way, Misc. Feature, March 1, 1999]
  • Wasted Days, Wasted Nights The night in 1974 when Doug Sahm brought Freddy Fender to Soap Creek to play. [Austin Chronicle, Music Feature, November 26, 1999]


  • The Road to Nowhere For a singular West Texas adventure, take a drive through Pinto Canyon to tiny Candelaria. [Texas Monthly, Travel, October 1997]
  • Mr. Robinson Means Business David Robinson is back – healthy, stronger and glad that Tim Duncan is on his side. [NBA Inside Stuff, Sports Feature, November 1997]
  • Rough and Ready The remote backcountry of Big Bend Ranch State Park is finally open to the public. Welcome to the best wilderness getaway in Texas. [Texas Monthly, Travel Feature, October 1997]
  • Sweating It Out How I learned to love the poisonous plants, treacherous terrain, and hellish heat of the Chihuahuan Desert. [Texas Monthly, Travel, October 1997]


  • The Queen Is Dead Selena Quintanilla Perez, tejano’s first superstar, was about to become an international pop sensation. Instead, she’s another victim of gun violence in Texas. [Texas Monthly, Music Feature, May 1995]


  • The Passing of Grass Domed ballparks all commit the one sin: The good Lord never intended the great game of baseball to he played on carpet. [Americay Way, Sports Feature, October 15, 1990]