Johnny Winter, born in Beaumont, one of the greatest blues guitarists to walk this earth.

Photo courtesy of Sony Music

July issue drops next Thursday. See you at the newsstand.

If you’re in charge of the side dishes this holiday weekend, give ‘em something to remember with our new Vittles recipe for German Potato Salad.

Photograph by Jody Horton

 “If you’re in law enforcement long enough, you’ll eventually come across bank robbers of every shape and size,” said Troy Nehls, the sheriff of Fort Bend County, which includes part of the Katy area. “But I’m not sure there has ever been a bank-robbing family. And then along comes Scott, Hayden, and Abby.”Read more about the Catt Family Robbers here

Photograph by Matt Rainwaters, portrait by Roberto Parada

If you want to make this classic George Strait video even funnier, imagine all the ladies are the cast from Bridesmaids. You’re welcome.

Sneak peek at both versions of our June cover (subscriber up top, newsstand on bottom). Read the tale of how we got this cover here.

Photograph by Joe Pugliese

"Wyatt swung his gaze to the Tower and searched the rows of windows up to the top. The gold hands of the Tower clock marked the time at 11:51. On the high, walled deck below it, a figure appeared and then eerily vanished. A second later the figure popped into view again, aiming a glinting rifle down at the East Mall. Smoke puffed out of the barrel as the sound blasted. From below came a muted noise and a muffled, lingering shout. The figure on the deck disappeared again and then reappeared a second later. Wyatt saw the white bloom but didn’t hear the blast this time. The window beside him exploded." — Read the full excerpt from Monday, Monday: A Novel, by Elizabeth Crook, here

Photograph by LeAnn Mueller

In Houston, where his evolution as an artist has coincided with an explosive cultural energy in the city, his forays outside hip-hop feel as natural as they do ambitious. Little wonder, then, that some have playfully suggested he run for office. In 2010 the rapper J. Cole endorsed him for the White House in a track called “Bun B for President.” Later that year, in a Houston Press poll, his hip-hop peers elected him Texas governor. Recently, there has been buzz about the more realistic idea of Bun B’s running for mayor, an idea proposed late last year by the Houston Press and quickly picked up by others, including political writer Charles Kuffner, who made a tongue-in-cheek list comparing Bun B’s attributes to those of Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. Noting the slogan that online commenters had already proposed—“Vote Bun B for Mayor and Keep Houston Trill as F**k”—Kuffner wrote, “You’d hardly have to campaign with a slogan as awesome as that.” - From Katy Vine’s “Man About Town”, read the rest here.

Photograph by Jeff Wilson

To the only guy that can get away with having a 48 hour birthday. Happy 81st birthday Willie!

To read up on Willie over the years, check out his Texanica page here.

May 2008 cover photograph by Platon

Baby, write this down. George Strait will be on the cover of our June issue, which is available for preorder now. Check texasmonthly.com for the deets. Photograph by @joepug

Tickets go on sale July 29th, and they sell out FAST. Don’t sleep. Vegans, you might want to sit this one out. Deets here.

Thirsty Thursdays anyone? Get a recipe for the perfect michelada here.

Photo by Jody Horton

jspong:

Mission accomplished.

theicehouse:

I knew before I was writing it, music was going to be the number one character. It was going to be the lead character – the music going on. I feel like as a teenager, that’s the most expressive element of your life. - Richard Linklater

Soundtrack of my life.

If you’re looking to build a soundtrack to go along with our May issue (out tomorrow!), this is a good place to start.

Snap up the May issue this Thursday and be ready for serious summer fun! Pool not included. Cover photo by @randalford (at Texas Monthly)