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Kinky Friedman’s Big (Musical) Comeback

Santa Ynez’s Maverick Saloon Hosts the Country Icon


Perhaps the best thing about catching Kinky Friedman live is that you never know what to expect. The 66-year-old singer, songwriter, satirist, novelist, activist, politician, and self-proclaimed “Mark Twain of Texas” is about as multi-faceted as they come, and threatens—nay, promises—to pack one hell of a hilarious punch when he takes to the stage at Santa Ynez’s Maverick Saloon (3687 Sagunto St.) this Saturday, August 7, at 8 p.m. Whether you’re an old-school Kinky fan, a new school appreciator, or just generally game for a good time, we recommend a jaunt up to North County to check this one out for yourself. For a brief history of all things Kinky, check out our rundown below. And for tickets and show info, call 686-4785 or visit syvjoneshouse.com.

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Kinky Friedman

1] Kinky the Singer: Sure, Friedman’s most notable number may be a cover song (remember his take on Chinga Chavin’s “Asshole from El Paso?”), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of vintage originals (“Ride ‘Em Jewboy,” “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed”) worth reconnecting with, too. A longtime source of comedic relief in the world of country rock, Kinky’s loveable blend of twangy Americana and satire has earned him the respect of music makers like Bob Dylan (who he toured with in 1976), Dwight Yoakam, and Lyle Lovett—not to mention a fan base that stretches far past his Texan roots.

2] Kinky the Writer: In addition to his decorated musical track record, Friedman has dished out a bevy of detective novels (many of which he stars in), penned columns for Texas Monthly, and put his name to a Kinky-worthy travelogue and etiquette guide. And his brand of scribing—straight, to the point, and often punchy in its political incorrectness—is sure to make its way into the live show. (He’s promising to read from two of his new books, in fact.)

Kinky Friedman

  • Where: Maverick, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA
  • Cost: $35 - $85
  • Age limit: 21+

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3] Kinky the Star: While no one really knows what will go down come Saturday’s stop on the “Go West Young Kinky Tour,” Friedman promises there’ll be some surprise guests. (We’re crossing fingers for current collaborators like Billy Bob Thornton and/or Willie Nelson.) But, as per usual, only Kinky knows just what will go down.



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