Central Texas

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Danny Diamonds Mines the Positives in Bleak, Beautiful Songwriting

    I'm standing in Danny Rush's house in Denton sipping a beer, occasionally taking a swig from a bottle of Old Granddad and admiring a collection of country music star paintings he commissioned from local artist Clay Stinnett. There are Freddy Fender, Hank Snow, Hank Williams and Gary Stewart, all don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Why You Should Be Excited That Buc-ee's Might Come to DFW

    It's probably surprising to everyone outside of Texas that people here get excited about a convenience store. But Buc-ee's isn't your average convenience store. Sure, other states have their truck stops and plain old gas stations, but Buc-ee's is like an oasis in the middle of otherwise desperately ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    The Battle of Texas' Whiskey Makers and Fakers

    Texas' craft-booze industry is booming, but can it stave off the "Made in Texas" fakers?

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Tipsy Texan: An Entire (and Worthwhile) Book Devoted to Texas Cocktails

    From the outset, you have to respect a guy that has not only anointed himself as the "Tipsy Texan," but has actually made a career of it. And a successful one at that. David Alan, a 15-year restaurant and bar veteran, released the book Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The Cotton Belt Rail Line Can Still Be Built. Here's How.

    The writing had already been on the wall for weeks by the time a Senate committee convened in April to consider John Carona's bill aimed at jump-starting construction of 62 miles of passenger rail along the Cotton Belt Corridor. The city of Fort Worth had scrawled the message in big, bold letters wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Dallas BBQ Not Good Enough for The Daily Meal's "Ultimate BBQ Road Trip"

    Last week, my boyfriend Tim at the Daily Meal (we've actually never met) sent me an email (went to spam box first) about an Ultimate BBQ Road Trip. His greeting started with "Exciting news ... " about their "explicitly mouthwatering lineup of Barbecue restaurants across the southern United States... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Election Proves Ted Cruz is a Talented Politician, But a Harbinger of Tea Party Dominance? Not So Much.

    We knew it already, but Ted Cruz is Texas' next U.S. Senator. Sure, he still has to face Democrat Paul Sadler in the November general election, but this is Texas, where so long as you promise to cut taxes and put a big 'R' somewhere near your name, you're good. The victory, unthinkable a few months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Kasey Chambers On The Differences Between America and Australia, Boobs and Boots

    Kasey Chambers​Kasey Chambers has certainly been an artist on the go as of late. Until earlier this week, that is. On Wednesday afternoon, while on tour with her family in tow, the Australian star's bus was on the verge of breaking down on the road somewhere between Nashville and Austin. In fact ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Secrets of Seed-Spitting Revealed!!!

    ​Moisten your mouth and pucker up: It's seed-spitting season. That's not me in the picture, but I did pay $1 for a corn kernel and a chance at spit-washed glory at the Holland Corn Festival in Central Texas this past weekend. My kernel landed a paltry 12 feet from the start line, which made me wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Say Goodbye to Keller's Cactus Jack's on Lemmon Avenue. But Say Hello to Carl's Jr.!

    ​An old friend stopped by Keller's Cactus Jack's on Lemmon Avenue and discovered that the longtime burger joint is closing this week; SaturdayFriday's the last day after 28 years, so stop on by and say hi or bye, says Jon Keller. After that, he's leasing the property to a California-based Carl's J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Lawsuits! For a Long-Dead Project, There Sure Is a Lot of Activity Surrounding Glorypark.

    One of RTKL's conceptual renderings of Glorypark, which has been dead going on two years now​RTKL -- the architecture firm hired by Hicks Holdings, Steiner Associates and myriad other companies to develop the dead-since-'08 Glorypark development next to the Ballpark in Arlington -- just sued pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Toadies Announce Dia De Los Toadies Tres, Hint At As Many As Two New Releases in 2010

    ​A pretty exciting e-mail just popped up from the folks at Kirtland Records: Specifically, the release is centered around the Toadies, announcing the third annual Dia de Los Toadies Festival, which, in 2010, will take place at White Water Rocks in New Braunfels, between San Antonio and Austin, Tex ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008

    Centro-matic's Will Johnson is a Study in Opposites

    ...just like the Texan president who fascinates him

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008
  • News

    October 11, 2007

    Spelunk Punk

    Hey, don't call me Wilma Flintstone

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Selling Stevie Ray

    Turns out, Heritage Auction Galleries in Oak Lawn was indeed approached about selling off those stolen Stevie Ray Vaughan items after all. This afternoon, Unfair Park spoke with Doug Norwine, the consignment director for the company's entertainment memorabilia department, and he confirms that in May ... More >>

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    SXSW, WTF?

    Things change, and that's fine, but can we get some love for the good bands?

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Chicken Man

    Parting words from the greatest cockfighter who ever lived

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    High on the Hog

    In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.

  • News

    May 26, 2005


    Frank Rodriguez faces a lifetime on Texas sex offender registry for having sex with a 16-year-oldwho is now his wife. Hes not alone.

  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Life in the Slow Lane

    This Bush's summer home is a long way from Kennebunkport, but the folks in Crawford think that's fine

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Paradise Lost

    Letting the Yanomamö speak for themselves

  • Music

    August 15, 2002

    Digging Down

    When Bobby Bare Jr. turned his music down, a great album turned up

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    Skeeter Scare

    Is the dousing doing any good?

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Out of Mind, Out of Sight

    For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Last Chance

    Kill the river plan, save the river

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Death in the Desert

    Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Fighting fire with fire

    Twenty years after Sherrie Wilson became Dallas' first female firefighter, she discovered the department's hiring practices were discriminatory. When she tried to do something about it, she got burned.

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Bad track record

    Scandal taints the career of another Dallas athlete -- this time it's a horse, not a Cowboy

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Lights,Camera, No Action

    Austin is now the undisputed movie capital of Texas, but Dallas filmmakers insist there's no reason to panic

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Defending Darlie

    Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.

  • Film

    August 28, 1997

    Time to kill

    McConaughey and Zellweger take a Chainsaw to their careers

  • Calendar

    August 29, 1996
  • Music

    May 2, 1996

    Trial by fire

    Alejandro Escovedo still finds inspiration in guilt and family

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    I thought it would be fun to run a magazine

    Ray Washburne's Texas Business is a case study in how not to run a business

  • Music

    December 7, 1995

    Austin's real lounge lizards

    Down south, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing