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The Cricket Craze Comes to Texas

July 10, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Texas Honky-Tonker Charley Crockett’s Journey from the Street Corner to the Marquee Lights

November 4, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Editor’s Note: Return to the River

June 30, 2022 | By Emily Roberts Stone

It’s fitting that former Texas Highways managing editor Wes Ferguson’s return to our pages is for our annual River Issue.

How to Find Wildflowers Year-Round Across the State

February 24, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Wildflower season isn’t just a spring thing

McDonald Observatory and Big Bend Communities are Forming the World’s Largest Dark-Sky Preserve

August 4, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Did you know that stars shine so bright in the West Texas desert that you can see in the dark on a clear night?

Editor’s Note: River King

June 24, 2021 | By Emily Roberts Stone

For the third year in a row, writer-at-large Joe Nick Patoski is kicking off the warmest months of the year with an ode to one of Texas’ incomparable rivers.

The Rainbow Bridge of Southeast Texas: Making Drivers Think Twice Since 1936

January 16, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

I am looking at a picture of the Rainbow Bridge—and it gives me the creeps. The bridge is too high, the road rises at too sharp an angle.

A Hands-On Challenge: Nurturing Texas’ Beloved Folklife in a Virtual Environment

November 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

When folks are locked down, can there still be folklife?
That’s the existential question that Texas Folklife has been asking.

As Texas Clubs and Musicians Struggle to Host Live Shows, One Sure Bet Is Grateful Fans

November 9, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

When Kevin Russell declared “my business model has been ruined” by Covid-19 on social media a couple months ago, the front man for the Austin band Shinyribs could have been speaking on behalf of almost everyone involved in live music in Texas.

On the 30th Anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Death, a Dallas Memorial Nears Completion

August 27, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Thirty years doesn’t seem that long ago when Stevie Ray Vaughan comes to mind. The memories are too fresh: driving to work and muttering to myself about not getting a callback from Hanna Bolte, the publicist who was supposed to be setting up a phone interview with Stevie and his brother, Jimmie, in anticipation of their collaborative album Family Style; then walking into the office and hearing the terrible news.

How a Bunch of “Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks” Transformed Austin

January 8, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

In Austin, the funky slacker paradise turned buzzy big city, nothing is quite as certain as cedar fever, the line at Franklin Barbecue, a daily arrival of newbies—and relative old-timers who stand ready to reminisce about the city’s good old days.

Joe Nick Patoski calls it the “You should have been here two years ago” effect.

The Groove Abides: Doug Sahm documentary that premiered at SXSW to screen at San Antonio Book Fest

March 31, 2015 | By

While South by Southwest is known as a petri dish of global alternative culture and innovative thought, some of the conference’s best moments spring from local creativity that grabs the spotlight when the world comes to Austin.

Springs Odyssey

April 20, 2010 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Springs feed the life force for humans (and other living things) throughout Texas, and  have done so ever since … well, ever since there have been humans in Texas.

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