'one of the most distinctive Americana albums of the year…achingly atmospheric … you can’t fail to be swept off your feet’ (Highway Queens )Lo Carmen's 'Lovers Dreamers Fighters', belated album launch with full band at Camelot Lounge, Fri Aug 10. Recorded in Nashville, featuring Bonnie Prince Billy....“Sultry vintage soul and cosmic country sounds …Carmen is simultaneously reflective and a storyteller”(Glide Magazine)
Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.
Since then, Kinky has left his indelible brand on the Texan and global landscape with nuggets like “Sold American”, “Autograph” and “They Aint Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Any More” entrenched as cult classics in the American songbook. He’s toured with Dylan and written books with Willie Nelson and Billy Bob Thornton; a tribute album “Why The Hell Not” featured Kinky tracks covered by Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and Asleep At The Wheel.
Kinky’s own literary career has been almost non-stop since he embarked upon that path in 1986 with close to 30 titles both fiction and non-fiction bearing testament to his boundless and close to maniacal energy.
He’s had a tilt at politics with a very respectable run for governor of Texas (“He Aint Kinky, He’s My Governor!” and “Why The Hell Not?” being two of his campaign slogans) as well as dabbling in consumables. The cigar that is omnipresent in photos, on stage, on screen and even on planes is generally going to be a Kinky Friedman brand cigar whilst he has recently dipped his toe into the tequila market with The Man In Black being the Kinkster’s personal brew. Then there’s the coffee and hot sauce….
Kinky’s lesser-known work as founder and patron of the (no-kill) Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Texas rounds out a fairly big personality that isn’t slowing down as he closes in on his 70th birthday in 2014.
Kinky Friedman returns to Australia for his Bi-Polar World Tour to celebrate the release of his new Live From Woodstock album. A mix of the hits, his comedy and spoken word pieces, Bi-Polar Live From Woodstock also features The Ballad of Kevin Barry, a previously unrecorded (live or studio) track.
THE HANDSOME FAMILY (USA) + LOENE CARMEN & PETER HEAD
The Basement, NSW
Sun 13 Oct, 2013
The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilerating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalacian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad.
Of course you don't have to be a music historian to love these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature's mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life. They pair sweet melody with sad harmony, love poetry with dark beats. This is music that makes you shiver and cry, but also makes you happy to be alive.
May, 2013 brought the release of The Handsome Family's Wilderness, a record about animals (frogs, flies, wildebeest, octopuses, lizards...), but in lyricist Rennie Sparks' hands the wonders of nature are intertwined with true stories of Stephen Foster's death in a Bowery flophouse, General Custer's shiny boots as he lay dead on a Montana prairie and the capture of Mary Sweeney, the Wisconsin Window Smasher of 1896. There are also tall tales of the octopus's hypnotic sea-dance, the frenzied mayhem of a town afflicted by a golden lizard's bite and an enormous mansion full of screeching owls. Musically you'll hear everything from parlor ballads to overdriven guitars, trilling mandolin and clawhammer banjo, but also beautiful bells, intricate seven-part harmonies, pedal steel and elemental rock 'n roll.
The Handsome Family return to Australia in October. Wilderness is out now through Spunk.
"In contemporary Americana, Brett and Rennie Sparks stand out as dissident pioneers." - UNCUT
"There's a burnt beauty.... that exerts a deliciously morbid pull on the imagination and the emotions. Satisfaction is guaranteed." - Michael Quinn, BBC Radio
"The Handsome Family - as funny as fuck, as sweet as love, and as serious as death." - UNCUT
"Each song is like an abridged Flannery O'Connor story read aloud by Johnny Cash, hovering somewhere between the metaphysical and the mundane." - NME
TICKETING INFO Dinner & Show tickets include entry, seating and 2 course meal.
Dinner & Show tickets are only available via Moshtix.