Kinky Friedman

Circus of Life (Echo Hill)

Texas Platters

Kinky Friedman's return to music remains a blessing for fans of his unique brand of ornery wit and wisdom. 2015's The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, the infamous raconteur's first new studio recordings in almost 40 years, revealed a more reflective Kinkster and Circus of Life follows suit with songs more intent on substance than satire. Outsiders and rebels still populate his narratives, but life has taken its increasingly weary toll on the 73-year-old songwriter, who triangulates somewhere between Kris Kristofferson, Harry Chapin, and Leonard Cohen. The title track and standout "Jesus in Pajamas" linger poignantly in offering an acerbic eye toward social ironies, while "Back to Grace" and "Sister Sarah" strike touchingly earnest and poetic. "Autographs in the Rain (Song to Willie)" rollicks as a sincere ode alongside Mickey Raphael's trademark harmonica whine. The "Texas Jewboy" has settled into the role of wry witness as much as firebrand satirist.

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Kinky Friedman
Playback – Kinky Friedman: Between the Lines
Playback – Kinky Friedman: Between the Lines
Kinky Friedman's first album of original songs in 35 years, 'How hard could it be?'

Kevin Curtin, June 29, 2018

Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Nov. 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Kevin Welch
Dust Devil (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Dec. 14, 2018

Texas Platters
Kendall Beard
Here Comes Trouble (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Dec. 14, 2018

More by Doug Freeman
Texas Platters
Sheverb
Chapter One (Record Review)

Dec. 14, 2018

Texas Platters
Stephanie Urbina Jones
Tularosa (Record Review)

Dec. 14, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Kinky Friedman

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle