Kinky Friedman announces Southern tour — and, this time, he’s bringing tequila

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America’s Jewish troubadour Kinky Friedman is going south in 2012 — specifically the southern United States — and he’s bringing gifts for the natives. Foremost among these gifts is a solo performance described as Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx … at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce.

He’ll be carrying books, posters and music, surely enough for anyone. But, for the Southern Discomfort Tour, Kinky also comes with a Mexican refreshment: his brand new Kinky Friedman’s Man in Black Tequila — “positively guaranteed to bring out one’s inner Kinky.”

Friedman, who has just wrapped up a highly anticipated new book with Billy Bob Thornton titled The Billy Bob Tapes, and who has started writing one with Willie Nelson, will begin the Southern Discomfort Tour in Texas, then swing through the Deep South, often to places he’s never been. At most stops on the tour, Kinky will conduct special tastings of the new high-grade, top-shelf tequila, either before or after performances.

Friedman will sing all the tunes for which he is famed, including “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” and “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” and, naturally, he will continue his long-running commentary on current politics and the state of the union, as well as give a book reading. An official signing party will follow each show; Kinky vows he “will sign anything but bad legislation.”

As a very special added bonus, the hilarious and multitalented Kacey Jones will open most of the dates on the second half of the tour, starting in Lafayette. Best known for her comedic-country trio Ethel and the Shameless Hussies, Kacey has worked with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, and, of course, Friedman. As a performer, she has worked with Delbert McClinton, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Payne, and she has been christened the Official Songstress of the Sweet Potato Queens, a worldwide organization boasting more than 75,000 members.

Here are the dates for Kinky Friedman’s upcoming Southern Discomfort Tour:

Wed., Feb. 8: THE WOODLANDS, TX, Dosey Doe
Thurs., Feb. 9: AUSTIN, TX, Cactus CafeTexas Union Bldg., UT Campus
Fri., Feb. 10: BRYAN, TX, The Village Downtown
Sat., Feb. 11: WINNSBORO, TX, Crossroads Music Company,Winnsboro Center for the Arts
Sun., Feb. 12: DALLAS, TX, AllGood Cafe
Mon., Feb. 13: DENTON, TX, Dan’s Silverleaf
Wed., Feb. 15: LAFAYETTE, LA, Vemillionville
Thurs., Feb. 16: BATON ROUGE, LA, Red Dragon Listening Room
Fri., Feb. 17: JACKSON, MS, Duling Hall
Sat., Feb. 18: NEW ORLEANS, LA, The Maple Leaf
Sun., Feb. 19: ATLANTA, GA, Smith’s Olde Bar
Mon., Feb. 20: BIRMINGHAM, AL, WorkPlay500
Tues., Feb. 21: AUBURN, AL, Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series; Auburn UU Fellowship
Wed., Feb. 22: NASHVILLE, TN, Exit Inn
Thurs., Feb. 23: OXFORD, MS, Proud Larry’s

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