On a wet morning in January, I attended the liquidation sale of Alamo Village. I spoke with Jamie Rains about her father, Happy Shahan, the visionary rancher who courted Hollywood studios to film in his drought-stricken corner of Texas. Shahan
The Iron Orchard was a sensation when the novel debuted in 1966. But it has since been mostly forgotten, save for a group of Permian Basin oilmen who still regard the book as "the wildcatter's bible." This story follows director
The Christian Motorcycle Association smoked briskets for the annual Memorial Day Picnic, and so I’m sitting under an elm in Lakeside Park, gnawing on gristle. To my right at the end of the bench, Granddad rests in the only
On March 2 my good friend and mentor, Kent Finlay, passed away due to complications with cancer. Texas Monthly published an article I wrote honoring his amazing legacy as a songwriter and owner of the legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse.