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Aftermath: The Sentimental Side Of Prankster Politician Kinky Friedman At The Mucky Duck

Before we get started, Aftermath has a confession to make. We support Kinky Friedman. In 2006, we registered to absentee vote from Korea for the express purpose of voting for him for Governor, and we support him in his current bid to run for Agriculture Commissioner. He's exactly the kind of larger-than-life character that makes Texas grand.

Having said that, our knowledge of his musical career was limited, at least until last night. Aftermath knew the nuts and bolts - we've heard much of his satirical work, like "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," read his column in Texas Monthly religiously, devoured the hilarious sound bites he happily delivers, and even read one of his detective novels. But we'd never seen him live, nor explored his pretty large catalog of music.

If Bob Wills and Will Rogers had a baby, that baby would emerge fully-grown as Kinky Friedman. If the baby was mentored by Dean Martin, you'd get the Texas Jewboys, Kinky's backing band, which last night featured Little Jewford and Washington Ratso. The trio performed two shows at the Mucky Duck.

Aftermath was unsure exactly what kind of show Kinky would provide, since he's currently on the campaign trail (the primary election is March 2). He peppered part of his show with political messages - well, explicit political messages, since much of Kinky's music is political in nature - but the show was also part lounge act, part reading and part stand-up.

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Shey is an experienced blogger, social media expert and traveler. She studied journalism at Oklahoma State University before working as a full-time reporter for Houston Community Newspapers in 2005. She lived in South Korea for three years, where she worked as a freelancer.
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