Kinky Friedman, 1944-2024

Source: USA Today

“A rabble rousing man of letters with a penchant for self-mythology and a deep love of animals, whose music and writing was loved by everyone from Bob Dylan to Bill Clinton, musician, author and erstwhile political candidate Kinky Friedman died Thursday. He was 79. Born Nov. 1, 1944, Friedman came to the music world’s attention in the early and mid-1970s with his band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys’ absurdist satirical songs written in a folksy cowboy style, with shocking titles like ‘Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed’ and ‘The Ballad of Charles Whitman.’ … [Friedman ran] as an independent for Texas Governor in 2006 with the slogan ‘Why the hell not?’ He came in fourth with 12.45% of the vote in a crowded field that included Republican incumbent — and winner — Rick Perry.” (06/27/24)