Joe Nick Patoski
This week our guest is writer, historian and radio host, Joe Nick Patoski, and we’ll definitely have plenty to talk about.
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Joe Nick Patoski has an encyclopedic knowledge of a vast and varied number of subjects.
He got his start writing for the Daily Texan newspaper while at The University of Texas. It wasn’t long until he was writing pieces for Rolling Stone.
He has authored and co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He’s also recorded the oral histories of B.B. King, Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, Tejano superstar Little Joe Hernandez, and 15 other subjects for the Voice of Civil Rights sponsored by AARP and the Library of Congress.
Joe Nick Patoski was the band manager of Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns and the True Believers.
Joe Nick has also written books on Land Conservancy, Texas High School Football, and the Dallas Cowboys, and he has collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park.
Joe Nick spent 18 years as a staff writer for Texas Monthly. Other publications he’s written for include Los Angeles Times, New York Times, National Geographic, People, No Depression, Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Country Music Magazine, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Field & Stream, Mother Jones, Conde Nast Traveler, Texas Observer, Big Bend Sentinel, Southwest Spirit, American Way, Austin Chronicle, Harp, and TimeOut New York.
Joe Nick is currently the host of the Texas Music Hour of Power on KRTS FM Marfa Public Radio.
He lives near the village of Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country where he swims and paddles in the Blanco River.