Sold American [30th Anniversary Edition]

Sold American [30th Anniversary Edition]

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by Kinky Friedman
     
 

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Kinky Friedman once sang "they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore," and one might add that they don't make country singers like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. That's too bad, but perhaps there never really was a place at the table for a smart oddity like Friedman. Today in 2003, the 30-year old Sold American seems like a good companion to albums like See more details below

Overview

Kinky Friedman once sang "they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore," and one might add that they don't make country singers like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. That's too bad, but perhaps there never really was a place at the table for a smart oddity like Friedman. Today in 2003, the 30-year old Sold American seems like a good companion to albums like Jimmy Buffett's White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, and John Hartford's Morning Bugle. At the time, however, Friedman's irreverent songs in three-quarter time must have seemed like the antithesis to everything Nashville stood for. Peculiarities like "Highway Cafe" run closer to the left-field humor of Randy Newman than George Jones, while his criticisms of the American Dream (like the "Sold American") remind one more of John Prine than Merle Haggard. In other words, Friedman was just a little too outrageous to fit into the establishment, and his political views didn't kowtow to God, mama, and country. In fact, one of the pleasures of listening to him is the way he inverts traditional images in unexpected ways. "High on Jesus" probably sounds pretty innocent in 2003, but comparing salvation to a psychedelic drug experience wasn't appreciated by Christians still overwhelmed by the '60s cultural upheaval. Friedman slips into another person's shoes here, allowing him to sing "They tried to put His body under ground ... but friend, you just can't keep the good man down" without over-emphasizing the lyric's sarcasm. Thirty years after the fact, Sold American still qualifies as a funny, intelligent, and even offensive classic. Too bad that Friedman's brand of country & western never caught on.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707973427
catalogNumber:
79734
Rank:
90895

Tracks

  1. We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You  - Kinky Friedman
  2. Highway Café  - Kinky Friedman
  3. Sold American  - Kinky Friedman
  4. Flyin' Down the Freeway  - Kinky Friedman
  5. Ride 'Em Jewboy  - Kinky Friedman
  6. Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed  - Kinky Friedman
  7. High on Jesus  - Kinky Friedman
  8. The Ballad of Charles Whitman  - Kinky Friedman
  9. Top Ten Commandments  - Kinky Friedman
  10. Western Union Wire  - Kinky Friedman
  11. Silver Eagle Express  - Kinky Friedman
  12. Nashville Casualty and Life  - Kinky Friedman
  13. The Tramp on the Street  - Kinky Friedman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kinky Friedman   Primary Artist
Norman Blake   Guitar,Mandolin
John Hartford   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Billy Swan   Vocals
Jim Glaser   Guitar,Vocals
Tompall Glaser   Vocals
Jimmy Payne   Harp
Capt. Dave Beer   Vocals
Paul Craft   Banjo
Danny Finlay   Electric Guitar
Roger Friedman   Vocals
Chuck Glaser   Guitar,Vocals
Doyle Grisham   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar
John Harris   Piano
Dan Moose   Guitar
Fred Pierce   Drums
Jack Ross   Vocals
Benny Whitehead   Vocals
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Guitar
Bill Holmes   Guitar
Willie Fong Young   Vocals
Ken Malone   Bass,Drums
David Briggs   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Kinky Friedman   Composer
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Steve Fishell   Producer,Filmmaker
Roger Friedman   Composer
Chuck Glaser   Producer
Glenn Miller   Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya   Engineer
Jules Halfant   Art Direction
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Chummy MacGregor   Composer
Steve Wilkison   Authoring
Clayton   Original Photography
Grady Cole   Composer
Hazel Cole   Composer

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