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Kinky Friedman, Texas Funnyman

Singer-songwriter, Mystery Author Eyes Governor's Job

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Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> A 1988 NPR Interview with Kinky Friedman

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Kinky Friedman at his Texas ranch. Susan Feeney, NPR hide caption

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Kinky Friedman used to perform offbeat country songs with his band, the Texas Jewboys. He later turned to writing mysteries. Now he wants to be governor of Texas. His slogan for the 2006 campaign: "How Hard Can It Be?"

Friedman's platform includes outlawing cat declawing. In addition, "we'll have the Texas peace corps, which is not an oxymoron," he says. "And remember, I'm a Jew. I'll hire good people."

Kinky Friedman Songs

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From Old Testaments & New Revelations (Fruit of the Tune Music, 1992)

Listen 'Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed'

Listen 'Sold American'

Listen 'Ballad of Charles Whitman'

From From One Good American to Another (Fruit of the Tune Music, 1995)

Listen 'They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore'

NPR's Ketzel Levine visits Friedman at his ranch north of San Antonio.

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