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Rick Robinson: The Kinkster is Back!

The legendary Kinky Friedman will be appearing at the Southgate House on March 26 with Mojo Nixon as his opening act.

Friedman is on the road with a fresh set of songs (Circus of Life on Echo Hill Records) that will likely surprise those accustomed to his propensity towards raucous and politically incorrect lyrics. The former front man for The Texas Jewboys remembered for songs like “Proud to be an A**hole from El Paso,” has composed an album of fourteen new songs ready for prime time.  

Kinky’s outlaw nature still comes through in the lyrics of songs like “Jesus in Pajamas.” But unlike “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” these new songs are capable of being played on commercial radio. Beautifully crafted and politically poignant – they should be! At 74 years old, Richard Samet “Kinky” Friedman has come of age.

In his show, you’ll still get to hear the old stuff, but pay close attention to the new songs, like “A Dog Named Freedom.” Your life will be better for the listening.

I caught up with the Kinkster following a recent performance in Virginia where he said the inspiration for writing his first album of fresh material in over a dozen years came compliments of his good friend Willie Nelson.  

“Willie called me one day and asked what I was doing,” Freidman said. “I told him I was watching Matlock which Willie surmised was a sure sign of clinical depression. He told me to turn the television off and start writing. When Willie heard the songs on Circus of Life, he called me again to ask what channel Matlock was on.”

To get tickets to see Kinky and Mojo, click here.

Pick up a copy of Rick Robinson’s latest novel, The Promise of Cedar Key, at Joseph Beth in Crestview Hills or on Amazon.

Photo: Kinky Friedman (via Wiki Commons)