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Kinky Friedman tours, talks

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – Singer, politician and author Kinky Friedman is returning to the setage in late April for a two-week tour as part of his Springtime for Kinky Tour of 2011. Friedman will appear primarily solo and promote his most recent books, "What Would Kinky Do?" and "Heroes of a Texas Childhood." There will be a book signing at each venue.

Buoyed by his Go West Young Kinky Tour last spring and his appearance on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, Friedman will take his show to the midwest and east.

An Australian tour is on the agenda for June. Friedman will be joined by long-time Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks.

Friedman also will be the subject of a tribute album this year from Willie Nelson, who has signed to Sony.

Friedman has a new deal to co-write a book with Billy Bob Thornton. And he is now being immortalized onstage with a play called "Becoming Kinky . . . The World According to Kinky Friedman," written by Ted Swindley, who created the long-running hit "Always . . . Patsy Cline" and starring singer Jesse Dayton.

Tour dates are:

Wednesday, Wed., April 27 Kansas City, Mo., Knuckleheads

Thursday, April 28 Little Rock, Ark. Juanita's

Friday, April 29 St. Louis, Off Broadway

Saturday, April 30 Oklahoma City, Okla. The Blue Door

Sunday, May 1 Newport, Ky., Southgate House

Monday, May 2 Nashville, 3rd and Lindsley

Tuesday, May 3 Cleveland, Wilbert's

Thursday, May 5 Milwaukee, Shank Hall

Saturday, May 7 Berwyn, Ill., Fitzgerald's

Sunday, May 8 Philadelphia, World Cafe Live

Monday, May 9 New York City, Highline Theater

Tuesday, May 10 Rochester, N.Y., Water Street

Friday, May 13 Alexandria, Va., Birchmere

Saturday, May 14 Woodstock, N.Y. Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble

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With "The Loneliest Man I Ever Met" Kinky Friedman returns with his first full-length studio album since 1983. There is no new material as Friedman reworks some of his earlier compositions while mixing in some well-chosen covers. Even the excellent title track is technically a cover as this is Friedman's first recording of his collaboration with Will Hoover (released as "Loneliest Man" on Tompall Glaser's 1973 album "Charlie"). Loneliness is a recurring »»»
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Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
Concert Review: Live, Shelley proves she's the real deal – After the concert, Joan Shelley was greeted by a fan at the near sold-out club who had never seen her before. The first timer told the Louisville, Ky.-based folk-oriented singer that she wanted to see for herself if Shelley's vocals were the real deal live. The fan walked away mighty impressed -based on her comments - and it was easy to see why.... »»»
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