Kinky Friedman – Saxon Pub, TX

With his political ambitions temporarily sidelined, songwriter-author-comedian Kinky Friedman, his ever-present–but unlit–cigar and his sidekick, “Little Jewford” have returned to the stage, performing at the Saxon Pub Thursday night.

In concert, Kinky’s humor shines with classics like “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed” and “Homo Erectus” whereas “Rapid City, South Dakota” and “Nashville Casualty and Life” are more serious, putting him in the same group of songwriters as John Prine and Todd Snider.

Some of the best parts of his show came between the songs–an excerpt about hummingbirds and Echo Hill Ranch from his latest book, joking with Jewford and debating about the best music-producing cities in Texas with friend Rosie Flores who was in the audience. Jewford, an original Texas Jewboys, stole the spotlight a few times with his renditions of “Maple Leaf Rag” and “When The Saints Go Marching In” and his theatrical, double-kazoo solo.

As the evening came to a close and Kinky invited fans to come back and say hello with the phrase he used during his run for Texas governor, “I’ll sign anything but bad legislation,” lit his cigar and walked offstage with a trail of smoke.

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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