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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2012

KINKY FRIEDMAN’S BIPOLAR TOUR GOES WEST BY MIDWEST
Fact-finding mission by Texas’ beloved singer-songwriter, author, cigar and tequila mogul, and animal rescuer

AUSTIN, Texas — Is Kinky Friedman, self-proclaimed author, columnist, musician, beautician and Governor of the Heart of Texas, really bipolar? Though this is likely a question for a higher authority or licensed professional, Kinky will nonetheless reprise his super-successful BiPolar Tour in December. Beginning with dates at some of his favorite haunts in the Midwest (he starts in Kansas City on November 30), the tour will wind through the Rockies, before going coastal in California and Oregon. Kinky will perform solo with New Jersey artist Brian Molnar opening on most of the dates. In San Diego, he’ll reprise his smash co-bill with Mojo Nixon.

The BiPolar World Tour is nothing if not a fact-finding mission, as Kinky calculates national political views, particularly toward the Kinkster himself. For Kinky is considering a second run for Texas governor. After a plethora of recent (and ongoing) gaffes by Texas’ Rick Perry, one of the nation’s least popular sitting governors, the Kinkster will bring a fresh view of Texas politics with him. Pollsters and the Kinky-ites believe he can win this time. Most Texans (and a whole lot of other Americans) already know who is the true governor of the heart of Texas.

Aside from his pending political rebirth, Kinky is both energized and excited about all things Kinky, not least of which is his new book written with Willie Nelson, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Kinky’s extensive forward and full-on collaboration with Willie has perked the ears of the publishing world, and the book promises to be one of the top sellers of the fall and winter seasons. Additionally, conversations have already begun with major publishers about a return of Kinky’s intrepid detective . . . himself, with a two-book deal in the offing.

Kinky will be hawking a new live solo CD, Live From Woodstock, recorded on the first American leg of the BiPolar Tour and featuring some of his best work ever. He will also introduce Kinky Friedman’s Man in Black Tequila to Californians, with tastings at most venues and auctions in each city of three-bottle gift boxes. All profits from the auctions go to the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, Kinky’s favorite 501c3 charitable organization.

Live From Woodstock is not the only CD about which Kinky is excited. Rising star roots performer Jesse Dayton has recorded an entire album of Kinky’s songs (Jesse Sings Kinky), and it’s getting major attention in Americana radio, especially at SiriusXM. Dayton has also been starring as Kinky in road productions of Becoming Kinky, by the prize-winning playwright Ted Swindley, who created the world smash Always — Patsy Cline. International productions will be heading across the pond in 2013.

Also on tap in 2012- 2013: a Russian film based on Kinky’s non-detective novel, Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned. Filming has already begun.

But this December it’s all about being with the people, performing for the people and listening to the people. BiPolar? It’s all relative. Let the villagers be the judge, and if they end up convincing Kinky to jump into politics again, Texans will rejoice, and so will the rest of America. Meanwhile, Kinky remains the Jewish Troubadour of our times, with a show for the ages.


KINKY FRIEDMAN’S BIPOLAR TOUR — A FACT FINDING MISSION

Fri., Nov 30 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Sat., Dec 1 ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
Sun., Dec 2 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Blue Door
Mon., Dec 3 TULSA, OK Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame (The Jazz Depot)
Tues., Dec 4 DENVER, CO Oriental Theater
Thur., Dec 6 SALT LAKE CITY The State Room
Fri., Dec 7 LOS ANGELES (SANTA MONICA), CA McCabe’s Guitar Store
Sat., Dec 8 SANTA YNEZ, CA Maverick Saloon
Sun., Dec 9 VENTURA, CA Zoey’s Cafe
Mon., Dec 10 SOLANA BEACH, CA The Belly Up w/Mojo Nixon
Tues., Dec 11 BAKERSFIELD, CA The Prime Cut
Wed., Dec 12 MONTEREY, CA The Mucky Duck
Thur., Dec 13 SANTA CRUZ, CA Private Party
Fri., Dec 14 SEBASTOPOL, CA Studio E
Sat., Dec 15 WINTERS, CA The Palms Playhouse
Sun., Dec 16 SANTA CRUZ, CA Moe’s Alley
Mon., Dec 17 MODESTO, CA St. Clair Theater
Tues., Dec 18 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Cafe Du Nord
Wed., Dec 19 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
Thur., Dec 20 EUGENE, OR WOW Hall

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012

KINKY FRIEDMAN GOES BIPOLAR

Kinky’s BiPolar Tour invades the Northeast in June

AUSTIN, Texas — Everyone’s favorite former Texas gubernatorial candidate, political commentator and self-proclaimed “author, columnist, musician and beautician” Kinky Friedman is going bipolar, as in Kinky Friedman’s BiPolar Tour, which starts in New England on June 6 and continues through to July 1. As he has done on his recent “sojourns through America,” Kinky will be performing solo, dispensing the wisdom of the Jewish troubadour, and signing books.

The Kinkster, whose solo performance has recently been described as “Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx . . . at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce,” will be hitting the road fresh on the heels of the release of his brand new book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, co-authored by and about the life and times of Billy Bob Thornton. With a foreword from Angelina Jolie, The Billy Bob Tapes promises “colorful tales of [Billy Bob’s] modest Southern upbringing, his bizarre phobias, his life, his loves . . . and, of course, his movie career.” And, as Kinky has often said, “the Kinkster will sign anything but bad legislation.”

Kinky Friedman rose to stardom in the ’70s, with his seminal band the Texas Jewboys. An equal-opportunity offender, Kinky, with his outrageous lyrics and crazed stage persona, may have offended some, but drew people like Don Imus, Robin Williams, Bob Dylan and John Belushi into his spiritual fan club. He toured with Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared on the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. His infamous appearance on Austin City Limits, the only performance ever filmed by ACL and never broadcast because of content, has finally been released on DVD, to the delight of fans everywhere.

While cooling his jets from touring in the ’80s, Kinky wrote a wildly popular series of mystery novels featuring himself as the detective. In the years since, the real Kinky has branched out into children’s books, memoirs, historical reflections and editorials, all to great success, and all powered by his razor sharp wit. It should not be a surprise to anyone that he and Billy Bob Thornton hooked up. Also not surprising is the fact that Kinky and Willie Nelson have become good friends, and that they, too, are writing a book together.

Kinky’s commentaries have appeared in such diverse media as The New York Times, Texas Monthly and Playboy, and, since adding politics to his résumé, he has been a regular on cable networks of every stripe. His books are now read the world over, and his tour schedule reflects this. From Bill Clinton to Nelson Mandela, everybody loves a Kinky Friedman book.

And apparently everybody loves a good Kinky Friedman performance, as well, as reviews of his shows have been off the charts nearly everywhere. Kinky Friedman is the real deal, an amazing performer, and one of America’s brightest literary lights. The Kinkster truly is the Jewish troubadour of our times, with a show for the ages.

Kinky Friedman’s BiPolar Tour:

Wed., June 6 NORTHAMPTON, MA The Iron Horse
Thurs., June 7 FALL RIVER, MA The Narrows Center For The Arts
Fri., June 8 SOMERVILLE, MA Johnny D’s
Sat., June 9 NEW YORK, NY Highline Ballroom
Sun., June 10 RINGWOOD, NJ Live At Drew’s (House Concert)
Mon., June 11 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Tues., June 12 ANNAPOLIS, MD The Ram’s Head Tavern
Wed., June 13 ASHLAND, VA Ashland Coffee And Tea
Thurs., June 14 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater
Fri., June 15 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Live Cafe
Sat., June 16 AMAGANSETT, NY Stephen’s Talkhouse
Sun., June 17 PIERMONT, NY The Turning Point
Mon., June 18 ALBANY, NY The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
Tues., June 19 NEW HAVEN, CT Cafe Nine
Wed., June 20 COLLINSVILLE, CT Live@Bridge Street Live
Thurs., June 21 ASBURY PARK, NJ The Saint
Fri., June 22 STANHOPE, NJ The Stanhope House
Sat., June 23 WOODSTOCK, NY Bearsville Theater
Tues., June 26 ROCHESTER, NY Water Street Music Hall
Wed., June 27 BUFFALO, NY Sportsman’s Tavern
Thurs., June 28 TORONTO, ON Hughes Room
Fri., June 29 WATERLOO, ON Starlight Lounge
Sat., June 30 MONTREAL, QE Petit Campus
Sun., July 1 CHICAGO/EVANSTON, IL SPACE

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KINKY FRIEDMAN’S BIPOLAR TOUR, A FACT FINDING MISSION - more dates on the announcement to the left

Fri., Nov 30 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Sat., Dec 1 ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway
Sun., Dec 2 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK The Blue Door
Mon., Dec 3 TULSA, OK Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame (The Jazz Depot)
Tues., Dec 4 DENVER, CO Oriental Theater
Thur., Dec 6 SALT LAKE CITY The State Room
Fri., Dec 7 LOS ANGELES (SANTA MONICA), CA McCabe’s Guitar Store
Sat., Dec 8 SANTA YNEZ, CA Maverick Saloon
Sun., Dec 9 VENTURA, CA Zoey’s Cafe
Mon., Dec 10 SOLANA BEACH, CA The Belly Up w/Mojo Nixon
Tues., Dec 11 BAKERSFIELD, CA The Prime Cut
Wed., Dec 12 MONTEREY, CA The Mucky Duck