Legendary Outlaw Country Singer/Songwriter, Novelist, & Raconteur Kinky Friedman releases his new CD "Circus of Life" and hits the Stage at Nighttown for Two Big Nights!
At long last, Kinky Friedman’s second musical act begins. With the proclamation that it “is what music was, before it came homogenized, trivialized and sanitized,” Kinky is dropping his first all new cd of original tunes in four decades. Called Circus Of Life, it presents a side of Kinky that few would have suspected in the halcyon days of the Texas Jewboys, laying perhaps legit claim to the title, “The Leonard Cohen of Texas.”
And on July 3rd, he will be releasing it on his own terms and on his own Echo Hill Records label. The first single, Autographs In The Rain (Song To Willie) is already in heavy rotation on SiriusXM Outlaw Country.
Like so many cool people in the boom generation, Kinky Friedman first saw the world through the Peace Corps in the sixties. It was in Borneo that Kinky began to write the tunes that would propel the rest of his life.
When he returned to the states, he formed his band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys. For his first album, Kinky released ‘Sold American’ in 1973 for Vanguard Records. His repertoire mixed social commentary (‘We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You’) and maudlin ballads (‘Western Union Wire’) with raucous humor (such as ‘Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed’). His ‘Ride 'Em Jewboy’ was an extended tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, and one of his most famous tunes from this session, ‘They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore,’ is still on many hip playlists.
In the mid-'70s, Friedman and the Jewboys toured with Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue. By 1976 he had recorded his third album, ‘Lasso From El Paso,’ featuring appearances by Dylan and Eric Clapton. Friedman moved to New York, where he became a Sunday night fixture at the legendary Lone Star Café, often featuring guests like Robin Williams and John Belushi.
Kinky was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1976, the first year of SNL.
Starting in the early eighties, Friedman shifted his creative focus to writing detective novels. During this period, his musings began appearing in such places as the New York Times, Playboy and Texas Monthly .
In 1986, Kinky took a break from writing and touring to try something new - politics. He ran for justice of the peace in his home town of Kerrville, Texas. Then again in 2004, the Kinkster returned to the political field, this time daring the state of Texas to think big and elect him governor in 2006. Kinky garnered over a half million votes - not good enough to win it, but good enough to influence Texas politics.
In February 2007, Sustain Records released a compilation of the songs of Kinky Friedman sung by other artists called ‘Pearls In The Snow.’ The album includes contributions by Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Kelly Willis.
And now on July 3rd, he will be releasing his first all-new self-penned album in nearly forty years, ‘Circus Of Life.’