Meet the Fearless Women of the Lone Star Mower Racing Association

“Sammie Neel, 62, has seen plenty of crashes, bruises, and burns in her twelve years of racing. She once raced around a track at a monster truck show in the tiny town of Leona, where she flipped and wound up pinned beneath her mower, which she nicknamed ‘Love Mowtion No 9.'”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,571 words)

Who Shot Walker Daugherty?

“Culture warriors had shaped dueling narratives from an incident that, while horrific for the few people involved, would not have been a blip on the national consciousness if it had occurred anywhere but the U.S.-Mexico border. Even now, nearly five years later, the question of who shot Walker Daugherty still feels like a political Rorschach test.”



Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 13, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,541 words)

The 20 Essential Texas Rap Tracks

“Rap wasn’t meant for Texas. But it was only a matter of time before Texans started rapping, made the genre their own, and regifted it to the world.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,267 words)

Leon Bridges After Dark

“On the eve of his third album release, the Grammy-winning artist talks with unparalleled candor about the toll of stardom—and how his best friends saved his life.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jul 19, 2021
Length: 43 minutes (10,772 words)

Benji Is One Down Dog

The blue heeler “is one of the most famous canines in America, but he hasn’t let it go to his sweet, soft little head.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 2, 2021
Length: 7 minutes (1,900 words)

Pecos Jane Has a Name

“… it was left to some still-unknown tipster with an apparent interest in obscure cold cases to reignite the search for Pecos Jane’s identity. Were it not for “Jacy J,” the mystery might never have been solved.”


Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 14, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,971 words)

Hot Pants, Love Potions, and the Go-go Genesis of Southwest Airlines

“Fifty years ago this month, the Dallas-based carrier first took flight. Those who were there reflect on its past as it confronts a future shaped by the pandemic.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 3, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,892 words)

Texas’s Best Young Accordionists Carry on a Conjunto Legacy

“At the Big Squeeze, the state’s most talented teen accordion players are keeping a historic Texas tradition alive.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 21, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,010 words)

Broken Pelvises, Collapsed Lungs, and Decades of Winning: Barrel Racing’s Martha Josey Has Seen It All

Panicked and unable to stop, Red Man Bay attempted a jump, but his chest slammed into the steel bars. Josey was catapulted like a rag doll over the top and thrown facedown onto the pavement on the other side.”

Author: Laura Beil
Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jan 22, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,826 words)

‘It’s the Most Outrageous Thing I’ve Ever Seen. It Makes No Sense.’

“DNA evidence proved Lydell Grant’s innocence. So why won’t the state’s highest criminal court exonerate him?”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,801 words)