Kinky Friedman to Kick Off Texas Tour in Bryan at Village Cafe

11252159_991219297593080_4187061560013134425_oYep, renowned raconteur and Governor Of The Heart Of Texas Kinky Friedman is once again touring his beloved state of Texas behind his first album of new material in 39 years, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met. 
The legendary outlaw country singer/songwriter, novelist and Texas Jewboy recorded the Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers disc mixing originals with interpretations of the music of his greatest contemporaries.  It has received rave reviews across the board, making it Kinky’s best and most popular release ever.

Grab your ticket and come downtown to the Village Cafe on September 20th to enjoy the music and musings of a Texas living legend, Kinky Friedman. Tickets are $30 for the concert or you can do a $45 ticket that includes a 6pm meet and greet benefitting KEOS. Kinky Friedman is an American Texas Country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Buy your tickets at the cafe or online here.  Concert starts at 7pm.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kinky-friedman-at-the-village-tickets-4401428792
The tour starts in Bryan on Tuesday, September 20th and finishes in Tomball on the 27th (see the full list of dates below).  Kinky will be performing solo, and his long time pal, Brian Kanof, will be auctioning off bottles in every town of Man In Black Tequila (which is co-owned by Brian, Kinky and a third party) to benefit the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.
Nobody could invent a character quite like Kinky Friedman, the stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer, storyteller, tequila purveyor, animal rescuer and full-time iconoclast.
But what he hadn’t done in those 39 years is record a new studio album. Friedman’s The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, has to have been one of the longest-awaited follow-ups in recent memory. Not that fans have complained; the continued popularity of tunes such as Sold American, Nashville Casualty and Life andRide ’Em Jewboy (the Holocaust-referencing song that soothed Nelson Mandela in prison) prove Kinky is that rare talent whose work withstands the test of time. Friedman still delivers those songs — interspersed with his inimitable blend of politically incorrect quips, jokes and tales both tall and true — to appreciative audiences around the world.
But there were more sentiments he needed to express — his own and those of colleagues such as Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard and his pal Willie Nelson, who produced and performs on his own Bloody Mary Morning. The album’s opening song, which also features Willie’s sister, Bobbie, on piano and Kevin Smith on standup bass, is rendered as a spare duet, their traded lines punctuated with Nelson’s Spanish guitar-picking. Conveying both immediacy and intimacy, it sets the tone for the other 11 tracks, all produced by Brian Molnar and featuring guitarist Joe Cirotti, with harmonica by Willie’s Family Band mate Mickey Raphael and piano contributions by Little Jewford, Kinky’s sometimes sidekick since his first postPeace Corps job (and bandleader of the legendary Texas Jewboys).
Though songs such as Waits’ A Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis, Haggard’s Mama’s Hungry Eyes, Dylan’s Girl from the North Country and Friedman’s own Lady Yesterday, not to mention his 20-year-old, never-recorded co-write with Tim Hoover, I’m the Loneliest Man I Ever Met, seem filled with melancholy, despair and regret — and certainly, loneliness — Friedman suggests they’re something else: romantic.
He explains, “What I’ve tried to do is interpret some of these songs. But it’s not like Tony Bennett sings Willie Nelson; it’s more spiritually halfway between those people and me. So if you’re not a little bit melancholy, maybe you should be.”
“A happy American creates nothing great,” he adds. “My definition of an artist is someone who’s ahead of his time and behind on his rent. If you can figure out how to stay that way, you can write the great shit that Kris [Kristofferson] and Willie were able to do. Look at what shape Willie was in when he was writing in Nashville — he had three little kids and was just broke, living in a trailer park. Willie wrote Night Life, Funny How Time Slips Away and Crazy all in one week — a terrible week in his life.”
That’s what country music was all about, according to Kinky, before it came “homogenized and trivialized and sanitized.”
Railing against such perceived evils — whether cultural, political, social or in any other realm of human experience — is one of Friedman’s favorite pastimes, which is why he calls Warren Zevons My Shit’s Fucked Up possibly the album’s most important song. The late Zevon wrote it as a commentary on his own failing health, but Friedman finds it a perfect allegory for the current state of world affairs. As a man who has traveled much of the planet, quotes Winston Churchill, and calls two presidents pals, he’s in a position to know.
But in most cases, the selections, which also include a lesser-known Cash song that was Friedman’s father’s favorite (Pickin’ Time) and two Great American Songbook tunes (Wand’rin’ Star and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square), reflect more personal feelings.  To Friedman, they’re significant works by significant people, and he wants others to hear them. That’s one big reason why he’s gearing up for yet another of what the calls his “bi-polar” tours.  “I enjoy being on the road,” he says.  “You can imagine what shape you’re in,” he adds. “It’s kind of stream-of-nervousness.”
And on tour Kinky will be, traveling from village to village, first throughout Texas, then throughout Australia.  Upon his return from the road, Kinky will dive into his next cd recording project in November and December.  To be titled Zoey, it should be available in early 2017.  “Maybe I’ll just have to stick with songwriting,” he says, stifling a sigh, “…..the next cd will have more Kinky originals, and I will be premiering at least four of them on this tour.”
Texas Tour Dates:
Tuesday, September 20
The Village Cafe & Art979 Gallery
210 W 26th St
Bryan, TX
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
502 Bar
Embassy Oaks Shopping Center
502 Embassy Oaks
San Antonio, TX
Thursday, September 22
Strange Brew
5326 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX
Friday, September 23
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St
Houston, TX
Saturday, September 24
Poor David’s Pub
1313 South Lamar
Dallas, TX
Sunday, September 25
Camp Street Cafe & Store
215 S 3rd St
Crockett, TX
Monday, September 26
Dan’s Silverleaf
103 Industrial St
Denton, TX
Tuesday, September 27
Main Street Crossing
111 Main Street
Tomball, TX
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