Kinky Friedman, the governor of the heart of Texas, will be touring the east and midwest this spring on the heels of an awe inspiring appearance last fall at San Francisco's "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival," at which he performed for nearly two hundred thousand adoring fans. The Kinkster also played to sold out houses in over a dozen other west coast venues on his media-friendly "Go West Young Kinky Tour Of 2010," selling out his stock of books and memorabilia in the process. Those books, "What Would Kinky Do?" and "Heroes Of A Texas Childhood," are now back in stock and will be available at all venues on the Springtime For Kinky Tour. They are but the most current in his long literary career, which began with his uber-popular detective series, in which the lead character was Kinky, himself.
Kinky, now in his fourth decade as a performer, raconteur, songwriter and author, continues to amaze his fans with his career trajectory. His two runs for statewide office in Texas (governor in 2006 and agriculture commissioner in 2010), both considerably more successful than anyone had imagined, have proven he is an iconoclast above all others; that rare individual whose personality infuses everything he does and who inspires all those around him. Kinky was the very first Independent candidate in Texas history to get on the gubernatorial ballot, when he did so in 2006.
And new books and new adventures will be coming soon, one a collaborative effort with Billy Bob Thornton, and the other a co-write with Willie Nelson. Both will be very hot items, for sure. Also for sure: Kinky will sign anything for those looking for an autograph.
Jim Hoehn is a Milwaukee-based journalist, author and songwriter who discovered early that putting pen to paper was a legitimate way of avoiding any form of manual labor, leading to a career path that has included newspapers, magazines and wire services. As a songwriter he has performed at numerous festivals and events around the country and has opened for a wide variety of national artists, including the likes of Warren Zevon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Don McLean, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a memorable evening with songwriter-turned-mystery novelist Kinky Friedman.