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The Steel Guitar: The Instrument Behind Country’s Signature Sound

Country music’s distinct appeal just might stem from its most overlooked instrument. 

There’s something immediately familiar about the sound of classic country. We’ve all heard it—the layering of warm tones, subtle twang, and its alluring cadence. And though we may each have our own idea of what makes country ‘country,’ many of us will undoubtedly think of the distinctive and recognizable sound...

The Steel Guitar: The Instrument Behind Country’s Signature Sound

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Save Room For: Chocolate Banana Pudding

In this first story of our new series, Save Room, we introduce you to the incomparable Chocolate Banana Pudding at Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew. You’re welcome.

Introducing a new series for 2016, Save Room. Throughout the year, we’ll visit the best barbecue joints in Texas to indulge in the typically overlooked, neglected, and altogether forgotten items on the menu: the desserts.  Introduction The stars of Texas bbq are not wanting for attention; our friends at Texas...

Save Room For: Chocolate Banana Pudding

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Made in Texas: The Happy Toy Maker

In the little Panhandle town of Happy, Texas, Jerry Sims builds tough, ranch-inspired toys that are delighting ranch-inspired children (and their parents) everywhere.

In this recurring series, we visit the best product brands in the Lone Star State, and introduce you to the Texans behind them. Our Made in Texas series is an extension of our popular 2013 publication, Texas Works: Products and Portraits of Talent. Photos by Whitney Devin.  __________________________________________________ IntroductionIt’s called “the town without a...

Made in Texas: The Happy Toy Maker

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The Houston Ship Channel: Twelve Years, from Bayou to Bay

In this photo essay, we share the amazing maritime photography of Houston-based ship pilot & photographer, Lou Vest.

Photos by Lou Vest.One of the busiest waterways in the US, the Houston Ship Channel has played a significant role in Texas commerce, culture and politics—even before becoming the foundation of what is now the nation’s fourth largest city in 1836. Originating as a series of frontier trading posts along...

The Houston Ship Channel: Twelve Years, from Bayou to Bay

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At One Time, in Texas: El Santuario de Chimayo

Each year, this picturesque shrine near Santa Fe attracts nearly 300,000 visitors, many in search of the spiritual and physical healing long believed to emanate from the very earth beneath it.

In our continuing series, At One Time, in Texas, we present images from American regions, towns, and landmarks that fell within the boundaries of the historic Republic of Texas.   Photos by Andrew Miller for No. Four St. James. Our first visit to the former territory of the Republic of Texas took us to beautiful...

At One Time, in Texas: El Santuario de Chimayo

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How to Fly Your Texas Flag: A Visual Guide to Flag Etiquette

We teamed up with Texas Humor to bring you an illustrated guide to the proper way to display, fold, and hoist your Texas flag.

Together with our friends at Texas Humor, we bring you this Texas Flag Guide. To view a large, high resolution PDF version of the guide, click here.

How to Fly Your Texas Flag: A Visual Guide to Flag Etiquette

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Product Story: The Lone Star Edition Paddle Board

The result of this special collaboration between No. 4 St. James and Jarvis Boards is a beautiful tribute to exploring the many waterways of Texas.

As soon as we met Tony Smith, founder of Austin-based Jarvis Boards, we wanted to work with him. Tony represents everything we love to discover in our fellow Texans: industriousness, friendliness, and eagerness to take on new challenges. We already knew, by reputation, the products of his craft. For the past...

Product Story: The Lone Star Edition Paddle Board

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