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By Chuck Cox

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Kinky Friedman is one of those guys that’s just about impossible not to like. He’s talented, funny and a Texas icon. Friedman also (once again) hopes to be an elected official in our great state.

And he brought his show to Poor David’s Pub on Friday night. The crowd wasn’t big. However, those who showed up were treated to a fun night of entertainment from its possible future agriculture commissioner.

It was my second time to see Kinky, but this time was a real treat because he played an acoustic set, starting with his sublime cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.” In between cracking wise, peddling his own brand of whiskey and pushing for the legalization of pot in the Lone Star State, he ran through most of most well-known tunes.

I especially liked “Homo Erectus,” “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven,” “Rapid City,” “Ol’ Ben Lucas” and “Nashville Casualty and Life.” Considering he mixed in some politicking and charity fundraising, the show ended up being pretty short at a little less than 90 minutes. It was still a lot of fun, although I would really love to hear him play “A**hole From El Paso” live just once. I was born in El Paso. Take from that what you will.

Opening act Josh Alan Friedman was interesting, to say the least. I spent most of his 45-minute set trying to figure out if I dug him or not. He was immensely talented, albeit immensely over the top with his lyrics. But his medley of theme songs from Blaxploitation movies, which includes “Shaft” and “I’m Your Pusher Man,” to close things out was a home run.

Alan also did a pretty solid job covering Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues,” ZZ Top’s “Tush” and Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind.” And, as far as I can tell, Josh and Kinky are not related. In fact, he was billed for the show as Josh Alan. Check out his Wikipedia page. Pretty interesting dude.

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