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Kinky Friedman Announces First New Album in 40 Years

Since the release of his 1976 album, Lasso From El Paso, Kinky Friedman has become known for his work as a columnist, novelist and politician.

Now, Friedman is returning to his musical roots with the release of his new full-length record, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.

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Friedman created the album through money raised by a crowd-funding campaign on PledgeMusicWillie Nelson, along with his sister Bobbie, makes an appearance on the album’s first track, “Bloody Mary Morning”. On the record, Friedman covers some country classics, including Johnny Cash’s 1958 song, “Pickin’ Time”, as well as Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country” and Merle Haggard’s “Hungry Eyes”.

“What I’ve tried to do is interpret some of these songs,” Friedman said in an interview with Vintage Vinyl News. “But it’s not like Tony Bennett sings Willie Nelson; it’s more spiritually halfway between those people and me. So if you’re not a little bit melancholy, maybe you should be.”

The Loneliest Man I Ever Met will be released through Avenue A Records and Thirty Tigers Oct. 2. A week later, Friedman will embark on a national tour that will last through the end of November. A full list of tour dates can be found at his official website.

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Kinky Friedman Announces First New Album in 40 Years