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Showing posts with label Kinky Friedman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kinky Friedman. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Lost Cause Records artist: Clint Morgan - Troublemaker - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (July 16, 2021), Troublemaker, from Clint Morgan and it's a lot of fun. Opening with Hangman Woman a cool country flavored rocker, Clint Morgan is on lead vocal with a casual Johnny Cash like approach. backed by Wendy Moten and the McCrary Sisters on vocal, Doug Lancio and John Del Toro Richardson on guitar, Kevin McKendree on piano, David Santos on bass, and Kenneth Blevins on drums, this is a hot opener. On traditional track, Go Down, Moses, Morgan's lead vocal, complimented nicely by Ann McCrary and Regina McCrary over a nicely orchestrated backing this track is very strong.  On a cover of Johnny Cash's Big River, Morgan nicely blends Cash's style with Ray Charles and the addition of Lancio's baritone guitar work and Jim Hoke on sax really hits the spot. One track that stands out as totally different is spoken word over a blues rocking rhythm, It's Rough Out Here with jamming guitar riffs, McKendree on piano and a tight drum bottom by Blevins. Very cool. Hoke and McKendree really jam it out on She takes My Money, a rockabilly style track with some really laid our rocking guitar riffs. Another track, Hurricane Harvey, with casual spoken words and echo like spoken vocal and McKendree on percussion but with acoustic slide by John Del Toro Richardson and nicely woven atmosphere is a swampy winner. Kinky Friedman adds guest vocal with Morgan and the McCrary sisters on comedic country blues, Somebody Put A Walmart On The Farm, with sparkeling piano work by McKendree and nice fiddle work by Jimmy Stewart. This isn't your typical top track but I think it has all of the components of a crowd favorite. Another crowd favorite likely is The Cover Of Living Blues, (a take on the Cover of Rolling Stone), with Bob Margolin on vocal and slide and solid backing warmth by The McCrary Sisters. Title track, The Troublemaker is a really interesting overview of traditional track, The Old Rugged Cross with Morgan on vocal and piano. This is a really interesting interpretation and a cool choice for closer with bluesy fiddle by stewart added. A bonus track is a different take on The Cover of Living Blues featuring Watermelon Slim on lead vocal and cool piano by Morgan and margolin on slide. Excellent closer. 


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

KINKY FRIEDMAN’S VICTORY TOUR

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KINKY FRIEDMAN’S VICTORY TOUR SPREADS THE TEXAS LEGEND’S PRO-MARIJUANA MESSAGE NATIONWIDE
 
Friedman’s two-week tour will travel through southern and eastern United States and into Canada in early August
 
Austin, TX – Kinky Friedman proclaims victory! Yes, the legendary Texan lost his recent bid for the state’s agriculture commissioner seat, but he sees the campaign as a success nonetheless. Here’s why: Kinky successfully fueled the debate behind his rally to end the prohibition on hemp and marijuana in Texas. Now, he follows up his campaign with an extensive two-week tour to further spread the word.
 
The Kinky Friedman Victory Touris underway with stops in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas City, up and down the east coast and into Canada. Kinky will continue to encourage folks to pass the peace pipe wherever he goes.  As tribes everywhere gather, Kinky will regal them with the tunes, the tales and the truths about life as he knows them.  (Remember, this is the guy who introduced the Frisbee to the natives of Borneo while in the peace corps, offended all equally with the Texas Jewboys in the 1970s and counts former President Bill Clinton and the late Nelson Mandela among the millions of fans of his music and books.)
 
Kinky’s currently working on a new novel featuring the long awaited return of the eponymous detective who has so delighted mystery readers for decades, and an upcoming tour of Europe and Australia will keep Kinky’s shows sharp, focused and energized. There may even be a bit of episodic TV in the near future. Happy to be finished with politics, Kinky will once again concentrate on sharing his happiness with his fellow Americans.
 
Not content with positively affecting culture for his fellow man, Kinky continues to sponsor and fund the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, which he co-founded to help all his animal buddies. Utopia has rescued and successfully placed thousands of dogs and other animals. It now sits on Kinky’s Echo Hill Ranch property. Check it out at http://utopiarescue.com. Kinky will accept checks on their behalf at any and all stops on the tour.
 
Opening several of the east coast dates will be the legendary Ty Weatherford , who’s also known as the equally legendary Brian Molnar. He’s recently released CDs under both names. The dates on which Ty/Brian appears are noted below.
 
Yes, Kinky remains ahead of the curve. Texas may not have been quite ready for his big ideas, but America appears to be more than ready. As Kinky likes to quote Victor Hugo: “No army on earth can defeat an idea whose time has come.”
 
Come to a Kinky show. Hear the message. Pass it on, or visit the website: www.kinkyfriedman.com. Pass it on anyway.

TOUR DATES
8/5  
Ashland Coffee And Tea   Ashland, VA
8/6  
Avalon Theater   Easton, MD
8/7  
Sellersville Theater  Sellersville, PA
8/8  
Johnny D’s  Somerville, MA
8/9  
Iron Horse  Northampton, MA
8/10  
B.B. King’s  New York, NY
8/11  
Bridge Street Live Collinsville, CT
8/12  
Cafe Nine  New Haven, CT
8/13  Sportsman’s Tavern   
Buffalo, NY
8/14  Starlight Social Club  Waterloo, Ontario, CA
8/15  
Hugh’s Room  Toronto, Canada