The Last of the Jewish Cowboys: The Best of Kinky Friedman

The Last of the Jewish Cowboys: The Best of Kinky Friedman

by Kinky Friedman

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The Last of the Jewish Cowboys: The Best of Kinky Friedman

Before there was Stephen Colbert, there was Kinky Friedman, a true son of Texas who used his good ol' boy pose to stick to it to right wingers, racists, and self-aggrandizers on both sides of the political spectrum. Friedman, a successful novelist, comedian, and 2006 candidate for the Lone Star governor's seat, led his Texas Jewboys on a honky-tonk mission in the 1970s -- in the spirit of the wry rebellion of Abbie Hoffman's Yippies. Relentlessly profane and bitingly satirical, they wormed their way into the heart of America's tortured psyche through expertly performed country and folk music. This best-of collection starts with Friedman's burnished "Sold American," a wistful look at contemporary consumerism that's so humane it's heartbreaking (and it got Kinky aboard Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue), but almost everything you need to know is in "Asshole from El Paso," the Jewboys's jujitsu rejoinder to Merle Haggard's benighted "Okie from Muskogee," which dismembers the redneck anthem and gets a dig in regarding illegal immigrant labor wages, to boot. Friedman (the "first full-blooded Jew" to trod the boards at the Grand Ol'Opry, as he was, memorably and incredibly, introduced) took full advantage of the outsider status afforded to him by his politics and creed to skewer all kinds of bigotry. The infamous "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven & Your Buns In the Bed" struck a chord for women's lib via some honky-tonk satire, but Kinky wasn't afeared to turn the mirror on his own folks, as on "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You," in which he's thrown out of a redneck luncheonette and a high-toned synagogue. "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" is more of a threat than a promise, as Kinky delivers some five-knuckled justice to a loud-talking race-baiter. Unlike most musical humor acts, country or otherwise, it's not just about the jokes with Friedman, as the Jewboys (Big Nig, Panama Red, Snakebite Jacobs, Little Jewford, and Rainbow Colors) kick up a hootenanny that even the Music City Gestapo had to admire, and Kinky's most wistful asides approach a deep poetry that's almost too honest to live. Now make like Ol' Ben Lucas (he had a lot of mucus), and get pickin!

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Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663101553
catalogNumber: 10155
Rank: 42644

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