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Kinky Friedman

Friday April 26

The indescribable and controversial Kinky Friedman returns to Donegal for a solo performance at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterknny on Friday April 26th. The satitical Texan has performed famously at McGrory’s of Culdaff in the past but this is his first visit to Letterkenny. He formed his band,Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys in 1971, which many took to be a play on Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. In keeping with the band’s satirical nature, each member had a comical name.

Arriving on the wave of country rock following, Friedman originally found cult fame as a country nd western singer. He released “Kinky Friedman” in 1974, then toured with Bob Dylan in 1975-6. His repertoire mixed social commentary (“We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You”) with raucous humor (such as “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed”). His “Ride ‘Em Jewboy” was an extended tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. One of his most famous numbers is “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” a song in which Kinky verbally and physically beats up a drunken white racist who berates blacks, Jews, Greeks, and Sigma Nus in a bar. His cover of Chinga Chavin’s “Asshole from El Paso”, a parody of Merle Haggard’s “ Okie from Muskogee” is, perhaps, his most famous song. In February 2007, Sustain Records released a compilation of the songs of Kinky Friedman sung by other artists called “Why the Hell Not…”  The compilation includes contributions by Dwight Yoakam. Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.

Friday April 26th, 8pm

 

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