Kinky Friedman Bi-Polar Tour

 

When I heard Kinky Friedman was coming to Connecticut I wondered on his blues side because I wanted to say something.  Well I figure with all the songs he has recorded, blues had to be in there.  Add to the fact he has cigars and teguila bearing his name, and that is blues related.

The Kinkster is a fun show and he is doing 2 shows in Connecticut, June 19th at Café 9 and the 20th Bridge Street Live.

Kinky Friedman, former Texas gubernatorial candidate, is going bipolar, as in Kinky Friedman’s Bi-Polar Tour.  Kinky will be performing solo, dispensing the wisdom of the Jewish troubadour, and signing books.  Kinky’s BiPolar Tour invades the Northeast in June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kinkster, whose solo performance has recently been described as “Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce,” will be hitting the road fresh on the heels of the release of his brand new book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, co-authored by and about the life and times of Billy Bob Thornton. With a foreword from Angelina Jolie, The Billy Bob Tapes promises “colorful tales of [Billy Bob’s] modest Southern upbringing, his bizarre phobias, his life, his loves and, of course, his movie career.” And, as Kinky has often said, “the Kinkster will sign anything but bad legislation.”

Kinky Friedman rose to stardom in the ’70s, with his seminal band the Texas Jewboys. An equal-opportunity offender, Kinky, with his outrageous lyrics and crazed stage persona, may have offended some, but drew people like Don Imus, Robin Williams, Bob Dylan and John Belushi into his spiritual fan club. He toured with Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared on the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. His infamous appearance on Austin City Limits, the only performance ever filmed by ACL and never broadcast because of content, has finally been released on DVD, to the delight of fans everywhere.

While cooling his jets from touring in the ’80s, Kinky wrote a wildly popular series of mystery novels featuring himself as the detective. In the years since, the real Kinky has branched out into children’s books, memoirs, historical reflections and editorials, all to great success, and all powered by his razor sharp wit. It should not be a surprise to anyone that he and Billy Bob Thornton hooked up. Also not surprising is the fact that Kinky and Willie Nelson have become good friends, and that they, too, are writing a book together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinky’s commentaries have appeared in such diverse media as The New York Times, Texas Monthly and Playboy, and, since adding politics to his résumé, he has been a regular on cable networks of every stripe. His books are now read the world over, and his tour schedule reflects this. From Bill Clinton to Nelson Mandela, everybody loves a Kinky Friedman book.

And apparently everybody loves a good Kinky Friedman performance, as well, as reviews of his shows have been off the charts nearly everywhere. Kinky Friedman is the real deal, an amazing performer, and one of America’s brightest literary lights. The Kinkster truly is the Jewish troubadour of our times, with a show for the ages.

It is a night you will not soon forget.

Now the Kinkster’s connection to Connecticut pass through his cigars.  In May he released his Kinky Lady cigar.  Like all good cigars it has Connecticut Shade grown tobacco in its wrapper.  They like to say he set the cigar world on fire and turned up the heat on custom-made salsa, and now going seriously old school in the production of a favorite drink, Kinky Friedman’s Man in Black Tequila.

 

 

 

 

It has been a long time since I saw thr Kinlster in concert but I still remember bits and pieces of the show,  I think I still have a campaign matchbook on a bookcase shelf.

Enjoy

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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