Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Loneliest Man I Ever Met

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Loneliest Man I Ever Met

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Kinky Friedman

Avenue A/Thirty Tigers

For those who think of Kinky Friedman as a major figure in country music, The Loneliest Man i Ever Met is a big deal, his first album of new material in 39 years. This is a much more serious Friedman than we've heard in the past. At 70, he's feeling his age, and though he's the same wisecracking, larger-than-Texas character he's always been, he's also made this the soberest album of his career.

There's a special poignancy to Warren Zevon's "My Shit's Fucked Up," as he faces the inevitability of dying; Merle Haggard's "Hungry Eyes," in which a father dreams of giving his family a better life; and the duet on Willie Nelson's "Bloody Mary Morning," on which Friedman and Willie can't seem to agree whether they're trying to speed up or slow down. That poignancy is heard on two new originals, too- the wistful "Lady Yesterday," about reliving one of many old mistakes, and the title track, a wearied tribute to outlaw Tompall Glaser, who out-crazied Friedman way back in the day, which is saying a lot. …

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