Kinky Friedman has always been a trip. A talented and unusual cat, Friedman is a renaissance man of odd and diverse proportions and categories. In the 1970s, he was an acclaimed albeit twisted Outlaw Country musician who recorded such noteworthy songs as “Get Your Biscuits In The Oven and Your Buns In Bed,” “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” “Homo Erectus,” “Asshole from El Paso,” “Solid American” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” (for the record, Kinky is Jewish).
After his music career peaked, Friedman became a best-selling author, writing a series of mystery and detective novels. Then, in the mid ’00s, he used his trademark humor to fuel his run for governor of the state of Texas. During that campaign, Friedman proposed to legalize marijuana to open up jail space for violent criminals and sexual predators, pledged to hire fellow Outlaw Country singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver as the spiritual advisor of Texas and vowed to end the reign of political correctness in an attempt to “dewussify” the Lone Star State. Despite using great campaign slogans like “How hard can it be?” and “He ain’t Kinky, he’s my Governor,” and calling for then-Texas Governor Rick Perry’s “unconditional surrender,” Perry won the election, denying the world a chance to see what a Kinky Texas might look like.
After years of book writing, other political runs and hawking goods such as cigars and tequila, Friedman recorded his first album of new material in nearly 40 years. Released in October, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met features a new slate of original songs and carefully chosen covers, including Warren Zevon’s “My Shit’s Fucked Up” and Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis,” plus a guest appearance by Willie Nelson.