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Friedman, DevilDriver drop new discs

Friday, July 6, 2018 – Kinky Friedman is out with his first album of original songs in 40 years with "Circus of Life." The disc features Sir Douglas Quintet alum Augie Meyers, prolific sidemen Joe Cirotti and Mickey Raphael, and Little Jewford from the original Texas Jewboys, which was Friedman's backup band. Friedman has Willie Nelson to thank for getting back in the studio as Nelson encouraged him to record.

Metal band DevilDriver from California may be an unlikely candidate for a country-themed album. Fact of the matter, listeners are not going to hear any country instrumentation per se on "Outlaws 'Til The End: Vol. 1" on Napalm Records. But they will hear such songs as Nelson's "Whiskey River," George Jones' "If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)," Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around," Dwigh Yoakam's "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" and Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road," all done metal style.

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Circus of Life CD review - Circus of Life
"Circus of Life," the title of Kinky Friedman's album, is a little misleading. It conjures up images of carnival barkers and circus freaks and songs as odd as its cigar-manufacturing, politically-astute novelist author/songwriter. The album is far more sensitive than that title suggests, though. In fact, it's a welcome respite from modern day circus-like life. The album opens with "Autographs in the Rain" where Friedman uses a song to say 'thank you' to a fellow musician. »»»
The Loneliest Man I Ever Met CD review - The Loneliest Man I Ever Met
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 »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: These Eagles keep songs alive and well – The newly reconfigured Eagles lineup, which now includes Vince Gill and Deacon Frey in place of the late Glenn Frey, hasn't changed its set much since this modified grouping's debut at Dodger Stadium in 2017. Don Henley announced from the outset, though, how the group continues to tour primarily so it can keep the Eagles' many great songs alive.... »»»
Concert Review: Lovett could not have scripted it any better – Cerritos is a fair distance from Hollywood, but Lyle Lovett, who has accumulated a long list of acting credits, sometimes seemed like he was giving a company town performance this night. Maybe it was because Paul Reiser, the "Mad About You" star, introduced Lovett with a funny bit about what some of the man's songs mean (or don't mean).... »»»
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