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Kinky Friedman

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Don Imus Endorses Kinky Friedman Ag Commissioner Campaign

    Fox Business talk show host Don Imus has come out in support of Richard "Kinky" Friedman's campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He's also having some fun with it. Imus had a phone conversation with Friedman on his show Wednesday morning. Here's a transcript the show put on it's blog: 8:40: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Kinky Friedman's "Legalize It" Campaign Hits Mucky Duck

    The Kinky Friedman Agriculture Commissioner campaign rolled through Houston this weekend, with the candidate playing a sold-out show at Mucky Duck Sunday night and speaking at a NORML luncheon this week. As reported in a recent Houston Press cover story, Friedman, who previously ran for governor a ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2013

    Even Though He Doesn't Smoke It Anymore, Marijuana Is at the Core of Kinky Friedman's Run for Public Office

    Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Kendrick Lamar, Jesse Dayton, Amy LaVere, etc.

    Kendrick Lamar Reliant Arena, June 11 Before Kendrick Lamar had ever released his major-label debut, he'd already worked with hip-hop giants like Dr. Dre, Drake, Warren G and Lil Wayne, thanks to a rabid Internet following and some wildly successful independent work. He's continued to find his foot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Merry Christmas, High Rollers: The Most Expensive Vintage Concert Tees On eBay

    A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees. Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Which Texas Musicians Would Get Page 1 New York Times Obits?

    Like it or not, death is an inevitable part of the news cycle. A big part of the news cycle, most of the time. Look at Tony Scott, Phyllis Diller and... wait, what time is it now? Rocks Off is not trying to be flippant at all here, because we had our own brush with the reaper less than a year ago: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Kinky Songs Get the Dayton Treatment

    In our recent interview with Kinky Friedman, performing tonight at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands, we mulled over Jesse Dayton's on-going project of an album of Friedman's songs. Friedman was very enthusiastic. "The last time we talked, Jesse had already done the basic tracks for eight songs," said Fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Southern Discomfort: Kinky On the Road

    The one-liners come out of Kinky Friedman's mouth so fast you need a protective shield. "The only thing Rick Perry managed to do with his Presidential campaign was to make George W. look like Thomas 'Fucking' Jefferson." "Real people don't get into politics. The only people who get into politics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Carolyn Farb, Jesse Dayton Go Undercover with Kinky Friedman

    Over the weekend we learned of at least one high profile 2012 recording project that involves Houston at least peripherally: local arts patron and charity fundraiser Carolyn Farb will be the executive producer of a Jesse Dayton album of Kinky Friedman covers tentatively titled Sold American. Farb w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    The Abortion Debate Part 2: Five Pro-Choice Songs

    radicalrags.com​Yesterday Rocks Off allowed five musicians to voice their opposition to legalized abortion in this country through song. Today, we allow rebuttal from the pro-choice camp in order to give everyone their say. As a note, a conversation between writer an editor brought up Ben Fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Jesse Dayton & Friends Silence Old Quarter Cafe

    Photos by Roger Reed/FacebookL-R: Brennen Leigh, Jesse Dayton and Mike Stinson before a hushed Old Quarter crowd.​Aftermath is so busy in the city, we don't get down to Wrecks Bell's Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston enough. But we caught a free ride down Saturday and rectified that situ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Last Night: Becoming Kinky At The Mucky Duck

    Photos by Jason WolterJesse Dayton​Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman McGonigel's Mucky Duck March 28, 2011 Check out our a slideshow from the play's opening night. What a smooth, hilarious thing the opening and world premiere of Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Carolyn Farb On Producing New Kinky Musical

    Courtesy of Carolyn FarbL-R: Kinky Friedman, Carolyn Farb and Becoming Kinky playwright Ted Swindley​The musical Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman, which will star former Houstonian Jesse Dayton as the Texas author, humorist, novelist, musician and two-time gubernatorial ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Jesse Dayton Lands Kinky Friedman Role In New Play

    Houston socialite Carolyn Farb co-producing dramatization of eccentric Texan's life ​Former Houstonian Jesse Dayton has been tapped to play the lead role of Kinky Friedman in Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman, Dayton told Rocks Off this afternoon. Written by New York aut ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: Did We Shave Our Legs For This? More Cornball Country Comedy

    Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Songs To Help Kinky Friedman Learn What the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Does

    Craig Hlavaty​​Musician, author, animal-rights activist (and probably a couple of other titles we're leaving out) Kinky Friedman announced Monday he was withdrawing as a candidate for governor in next March's Democratic primary and instead seeking the office of Agriculture Commissioner, a post p ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Why the Hell Not — Again?

    Kinky Friedman announces another run for Texas governor, this time as a Democrat.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009
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    November 27, 2008

    Kinky Friedman

    Houston gets Kinky for animals in need

  • News

    November 30, 2006
  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006

    Kinky Pig Action

    Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/ photo by Getty Images Kinky's Pig is something you'd cast your vote for, seriously. I've been playing phone tag all week with one Kinky Friedman, whom you might remember as one of the independent candidates for Texas governor. The Kinkster, fresh from his concession ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2006
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    October 5, 2006

    Waiting for Friedman

    Knocking back a few with the Kinky crowd

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2006

    Ringing Bell

    Chris Bell ain't lookin' for trouble. We recently chatted with Independent gubernatorial candidate/big-black-hat-wearin' Kinky Friedman about his environmental tour, which featured a Houston stop. Well, Democratic candidate/longtime politico Chris Bell has also been on the road this week for an e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    Kinky Talk

    Courtesy of Wayne Gilbert Kinky visited Houston this weekend. We can still smell the cigar. If you happened to see a mustached, cigar-toting dude in a big, black cowboy hat this weekend, chances are good that you espied one Kinky Friedman. The gubernatorial hopeful was in town for a fundraiser, as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 8, 2006
  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Kinky's Got His Mojo Workin'

    A Texas wild man enlists his Appalachian counterpart in his crusade

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2006
  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Scenes from a Picnic

    Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2005

    Kinky Politics

    Gubernatorial hopeful Friedman knows when to Hold 'Em

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2004

    Getting Kinky

    The Friedman-of-all-trades whips out a new book

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2004

    Capturing Friedman

    Texas's renaissance man waxes political and philosophical

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    A Kinky Kind of Campaign?

    Friedman may be just the one to muss up Guv Goodhair's re-election plan

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2003

    If You Can't Take the Heat...

    Get all hot and bothered at the Houston Fiery Foods Show

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2003

    The Sound of Sphincter

    What kind of ass would produce an entire album of kazoo tunes?

  • Dining

    October 10, 2002

    Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz

    Drink's Bull Blaster

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Jukebox

    Warren's Inn

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Mysteriously Musical

    Kinky Friedman is still up to no good

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    September 26, 1996
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    January 27, 1994
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