In ‘Shadow of a Cowboy,’ Lubbock Songster Andy Hedges Explores Cowboy Tunes Old and New

In ‘Shadow of a Cowboy,’ Lubbock Songster Andy Hedges Explores Cowboy Tunes Old and New

On the cowboy poetry scene, Lubbock’s Andy Hedges stands out from the crowd as a fresh-faced performer, a 30-something practitioner of an American folk tradition often dominated by graybeards (and gray mustaches).

A Royal Sighting, Texas-Style: Monarch Butterflies Are Making Their Spring Migration Across Texas

A Royal Sighting, Texas-Style: Monarch Butterflies Are Making Their Spring Migration Across Texas

Monarchs make the trek across Texas and the rest of North America twice a year, part of a cycle of breeding and egg-laying to perpetuate the species

Charley Crockett Takes His Texas Sound on a World Tour

Charley Crockett Takes His Texas Sound on a World Tour

On a recent sunny afternoon in Dripping Springs, Charley Crockett finished a song and looked out from the stage over the crowd scattered across a bright-green lawn. “I’ll tell you what,” said the Texas troubadour, a singular practitioner of soul-steeped honky-tonk and blues. “The grass looks a little greener for me today; the air smells a sweeter.”

That mid-March performance at Revival Experience, a one-day event held during Austin’s SXSW music festival, was sweet indeed for Crockett: It marked his return to the stage after an 11-week break during which he had two heart surgeries and a surgery to repair a hernia. The long-nagging hernia had prompted Crockett to schedule a medical appointment, and that’s when doctors discovered a congenital heart defect—one that had afflicted him since birth—that required open heart surgery and a January “vacation at the Seton Medical Center Hotel” in Austin, as he puts it.

Poppies Festival on Saturday Celebrates El Paso’s Big Bloom

Poppies Festival on Saturday Celebrates El Paso’s Big Bloom

El Paso will celebrate its poppy bloom on Saturday at the El Paso Museum of Archeology’s annual Poppies Festival.

“This year’s bloom is considered the best in the last three years,” Museum Director Jeff Romney says.

The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow. The show usually begins in late January and lasts through early April. With spring rains, the bloom can extend through mid-May.

Revival Experience Debuts in Dripping Springs with Rateliff, Griffin, Shakey Graves

Revival Experience Debuts in Dripping Springs with Rateliff, Griffin, Shakey Graves

South by Southwest, the annual summit of creative industries and popular culture that consumes downtown Austin for a week each March, is in full swing.

Houston Exhibition Offers Rare Chance to See Van Gogh Masterworks in Person

Houston Exhibition Offers Rare Chance to See Van Gogh Masterworks in Person

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will unveil a new Vincent van Gogh exhibition this Sunday, offering a rare—perhaps once-in-a-lifetime—opportunity to see the iconic Dutch painters’ masterpieces up close and in person. The exhibition runs through June 27.

El Paso’s Poppy Bloom is One of the Most Colorful in Years

El Paso’s Poppy Bloom is One of the Most Colorful in Years


It’s poppy season in El Paso. The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow.

New Book Chronicles the Life of San Antonio Artist Jesse Treviño

New Book Chronicles the Life of San Antonio Artist Jesse Treviño

In over 30 years as a journalist, San Marcos writer and Texas Highways contributor Anthony Head has covered everything from high school basketball in Indiana to politics in Chicago to the culinary arts of Los Angeles, where he was an editor with Bon Appétit magazine.

Neill-Cochran House Museum Keeps History Alive in Changing Times

Neill-Cochran House Museum Keeps History Alive in Changing Times

The 26-foot pine-wood columns that bolster the front porch of the Neill-Cochran House Museum in central Austin stand out not only for their visual grandeur. Their history is equally compelling: When building the home in 1856, 17 years after Austin’s founding as the Texas capital, famed builder Abner Cook ordered the pine from Bastrop, and a barge boated the lumber 30 miles up the Colorado River to Austin.

The Science Mill in Johnson City Celebrates its 4th Birthday With a New Exhibit

The Science Mill in Johnson City Celebrates its 4th Birthday With a New Exhibit

The Science Mill, Johnson City’s flagship science museum and education center, is debuting a 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse, which explores how fish and plants growing together in a symbiotic relationship can create healthy food that doesn’t deplete the environment.

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