Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Kinky Friedman ... Why The Hell Not?

Kinky Friedman has made a living writing mystery novels about himself and his buddies, and now he's running for governor of Texas as an independent (his slogan? Why The Hell Not?). But before that, he was the first Jewish Texan country and western singer, touring the country with his backing band, The Texas Jewboys.

His songs range from crudely funny like this Merle Haggard parody Asshole From El Paso to extraordinarily moving like Ride 'em Jewboy, probably the only country song about the holocaust.

These tracks are live numbers pulled from a very shoddy comp Da Kinkstah produced before his old records were re-released, called Old Testaments & New Revelations. More on Kinky can be found at www.kinkyfriedman.com

Asshole From El Paso (funny)
Ride 'em Jewboy (sad)

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