Kinky Friedman

The Checklist

Sep 17, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

A look at what to read, watch, and listen to this (wonderfully jam-packed) month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Great Campaigner

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

After eleven contested elections dating back three decades, Rick Perry remains undefeated. Is he brilliant? Lucky? Ruthless? We asked the people who know best—his vanquished opponents.

Gov Hunt

Jan 20, 2013 By Kinky Friedman

As the only man ever to run against both Bill White and Rick Perry, I have a few thoughts on how either one of these fine, upstanding, admirable men could beat the tar out of the other.

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in December

Dec 1, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

1. When Tea Parties Attack!  Article III, Section 9, of the constitution of the state of Texas tells us that when a new session of the House of Representatives is seated, its first order of business is to elect a Speaker. What the constitution doesn’t tell us is that the Speaker’s…

Kinky ♥ Rick

Aug 31, 2011 By Jeff Salamon

In 2006, Kinky Friedman thought he'd be the better governor. In 2011, he is ready for a Perry presidency.

Burnt Orange on Kinky’s Kandidacy

Sep 1, 2009 By Paul Burka

He has no policy, he is not serious, he is not credible. Moreover, he has no intention of ever becoming serious, of becoming credible, or caring about policy for more than the two seconds it takes for him to exhale his stank-filled cigar smoke — or for him to go…

A Tribute to Me

Feb 1, 1999 By Kinky Friedman

Why did Willie, Lyle, and other big names pay homage to me by recording my songs? Because I asked them to. You got a problem with that?

Yule Love It

Aug 31, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

The holiday season comes early for Asleep at the Wheel, who’ve just wrapped Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all (High Street/Windham Hill Records) at Austin’s Bismeaux studios. Highlights include Tish Hinojosa singing “Feliz Navidad” and Willie Nelson and Don Walser on “Silent Night.” Too homey for you? Wheel front man Ray Benson’s…

Kinky Friedman and Willie Nelson.
My Willie

Aug 31, 1997 By Kinky Friedman

Willie Nelson and I have been friends for years, so why did I decide only now to make him a character in one of my mystery novels? The plot thickens.