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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Kinky Friedman - "Resurrection" 2019 (Echo Hill Records)
Reviewed by Greg Yost
Three essential elements of a classic country album are: songs that evoke something inside the listener; complementary musical arrangements with top-notch players; and production work that pulls all these varied components together into a single package. With Resurrection, the legendary Kinky Friedman, one of the biggest personalities in the Lonestar State has indeed created a classic country album ...
"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. ...
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 ...