Singer and former Texas governor candidate, still Kinky in comeback album

Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:30pm EDT
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By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - After more than three decades, the unconventional politician, friend of two presidents, mystery novelist, animal lover and singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman is making something of a recording comeback.

"It's 32 (years), but say 39, either way, it's a long time," Friedman, who ran as an independent for Texas governor in 2006, said in a telephone interview from his Texas ranch.

The politically incorrect former leader of the Texas Jewboys is releasing a new album, "The Loneliest Man I Ever Met," on Oct. 2. Most of the songs on the record are by people he admires such as Bob Dylan, Lerner and Loewe, Tom Waits and Warren Zevon.

"These aren't covers. They are interpretations," said Friedman whose previous songs include "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore."

"I suffer from the curse of being multi-talented," said Friedman.

"If you are writing novels and developing them for a TV series, run an animal rescue and then throw in politics, it definitely might have thrown me off track as far as a consistent recording career," said the man who lists Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and thousands of rescued animals as friends.

Friedman, 70, vows to be less-multi-talented and focus instead on writing, performing and recording material - from the melancholy to the satirical to the sardonic. All of the traits apply to the collection.

He ran for Texas governor in 2006, saying he wanted to be in the governor's mansion because he needed more closet space, coming in third with 12.5 percent of the votes.   Continued...

Texas Independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman addresses supporters during his election night party at Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas, in this November 7, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Donald R. Winslow/Files