Listen to: Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman

“My governor is a Jewish Cowboy.”
“He ain’t Kinky, he’s my governor.”
“Why the Hell not?”

If you weren’t in the general vicinity of Austin, Texas in 2006 you probably missed these bumper stickers as well as some of Kinky Friedman’s other campaign slogans which included, “How hard can it be?” and a whole series of television ads featuring the likes of Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and the Dixie Chicks.

While he lost the gubernatorial race and with it the opportunity to start the “dewussification of Texas” the former child-chess-player-turned-musician-turned-author is just as funny, and potentially offensive as he ever was.


With his various bands he’s recorded tunes like The Ballad of Charles Whitman, Sold American, They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore, People Who Read People Magazine, and We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You.

His musical career took a spill in the ’80s so he switched from songs to books. His mystery novels like Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola feature himself as the investigator and several of them at least mention Willie Nelson, tour buses and marijuana.

His nonfiction books include a recap of his political life (You Can Lead a Politician to Water But You Can’t Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics), a humorous primer for life in Texas (Kinky Friedman’s Guide to Texas Etiquette: Or How To Get To Heaven Or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth) and a guide book for Austin (The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic: A “Walk” In Austin.)

He also writes a column in Texas Monthly, promotes his personal brand of cigars and rescues animals through his Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Why The Hell Not

For an easy introduction to his music, give Why The Hell Not? The Songs of Kinky Friedman a spin. It features Lyle Lovett, Todd Snider, Asleep at the Wheel, Kelly Willis, Dwight Yoakam, Delbert McClinton and of course, Willie.

Or try his Austin City Limits episode, which is the only episode of the show that was taped but not aired.

Or at least go watch some of his campaign commercials on YouTube.

Kinky Friedman.com

Download Why The Hell Not or any of Kinky’s music from iTunes

Be Sociable, Share!

Related posts: