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