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Kinky Friedman used his show to benefit his Utopia animal rescue ranch

Kinky Friedman used his show to benefit his Utopia animal rescue ranch

"I'll sign anything but bad legislation," Mr. Friedman announced while noting that contributions for the evening were approaching $15,000. That got a big response from a crowd that seemed just as – if not more – aware of his recent political role as his place in modern Texas music. But he's no one-note songwriter. Sure, he still does "[expletive] from El Paso," but "Wild Man of Borneo" is every bit a tale of dislocation and loss as "Sold American." In between the music, Kinky read a very affecting tribute to the recently departed political columnist and quintessential Texan Molly Ivins and was awarded an honorary sheriff's commission from a county in Kentucky. Author, Musician, and candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the 1960's.

Kinky Friedman used his show to benefit his Utopia animal rescue ranch

Classic Kinky wins 'em over

12:33 PM CDT on Monday, March 26, 2007

By MATT WEITZ / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

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What did you think of the concert?

He's been described as a raconteur, a troubadour, a failed gubernatorial candidate and a dyed-in-the-wool Texas Jewboy. Saturday night at Poor David's Pub, Kinky Friedman used his show (a benefit for his Utopia animal rescue ranch) to prove himself the unabashed master of all of those categories, and then some.

The full house was appropriately rapt and rowdy from the first song, "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You," which elicited from the Kinkster the fact that when it was released, "Some of us were jumpin' rope; some of us were sellin' dope."

Between observations on how God must be an Anglo-Saxon, a solo Kinky found time to deliver one of his more heartfelt songs, the marketing-of-the-dream "Sold American" – a tune that reveals the sentimental heart that beats within a lot of his music.

Although he's most recently been covered for his spot in the governor's race, he still paid tribute to his early, cosmic-cowboy roots with such songs as the tongue-in-cheek, anti-feminist screed "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven (and Your Buns in the Bed)."

After a few solo guitar numbers, he was joined by guitarists, keyboard players and fiddlers, one of who was Dallas' own Josh Alan.

He dedicated "Homo Erectus" as his first song supporting gay marriage. "They have every right to be as miserable as the rest of us," he said.

In between the crowd-pleasers, he used his band to vary the sound. Whether it was a Billy Joe Shaver song ("I've Been to Georgia on a Fast Train"), a Civil War fiddle tune, or Mr. Alan's "Blacks and Jews," the backing band broke up Mr. Friedman's repertoire with its creativity.

"I'll sign anything but bad legislation," Mr. Friedman announced while noting that contributions for the evening were approaching $15,000. That got a big response from a crowd that seemed just as – if not more – aware of his recent political role as his place in modern Texas music.

But he's no one-note songwriter. Sure, he still does "[expletive] from El Paso," but "Wild Man of Borneo" is every bit a tale of dislocation and loss as "Sold American."

In between the music, Kinky read a very affecting tribute to the recently departed political columnist and quintessential Texan Molly Ivins and was awarded an honorary sheriff's commission from a county in Kentucky.

"Now I can do what I want in Kentucky!" the cigar-chomping singer declared. It went without saying, however – based on Saturday show that he doesn't need a badge to do that in Texas.

Matt Weitz is a freelance writer in Dallas.




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