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Last night: Kinky Friedman

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Kinky Friedman puts on a pretty damn good show. His appearance at Juanita's last night was like nothing I've seen before. There was music. Friedman played sans band, just the Kinkster and a guitar. There was story-telling. In between songs, the crowd was treated to something along the lines of stand-up comedy. And Friedman read a passage from his new book, "Heroes From a Texas Childhood," which was very well-received. The years and the cigar smoke have been good to Kinky's voice. He played some of the old goldies you'd expect like "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore," but also broke out some of the lesser known tunes like "No Time for Autographs."

Last night, the man did what he does best: tell stories. Whether it was through song, reading or just shooting the bull. Friedman's got a big personality, and he's got the one-liner down to an art form ("I'm 66, but I read at the 68-year-old level"), which is good for a chuckle. But when he sings, strumming softly on his Guild guitar and letting his stogie-tinged voice fall softly on the chords, there's something very serious about it.

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