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Kinky Friedman: ‘Being a Musician is a Much Higher Calling Than Being a Politician. I’ve Been Both.’

This Saturday (March 26, 2016), Kinky Friedman performs in Galveston at The Grand 1894 Opera House. The performance is an 85th anniversary celebration of — and benefit for — Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston. The Texas country singer, songwriter, humorist, author and sometimes political candidate will perform songs from his 40-year career and from his latest […]

Kinky Friedman CD CaseThis Saturday (March 26, 2016), Kinky Friedman performs in Galveston at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

The performance is an 85th anniversary celebration of — and benefit for — Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston.

The Texas country singer, songwriter, humorist, author and sometimes political candidate will perform songs from his 40-year career and from his latest album, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, which came out in October of 2015.

Friedman tells us he’s Germany’s new David Hasselhoff — referring the actor’s popularity as a singer in that country. And he talks about the art of songwriting, which he calls one of the “highest callings” because “it sails very close to the truth.”

When reflecting on his campaigns for political office he adds: “Being a musician is a much higher calling than being a politician. I’ve been both.”

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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