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Back in the 1970s, twangcore provacateur Kinky Friedman billed himself as “the Texas Jewboy” and flung his rule-breaking, balls-out attitude in the face of the good ol’ boy sensibilities of the country music establishment… There were a bunch of folks back then who called themselves “outlaws,” but Friedman was a true stylistic extremist, and he spent decades living up to that image: what the Fugs were to rock’n’roll, he was for twang. On this new album, he plays things surprisingly straight, singing with a thick, dignified old-man tone that’s leagues distant from the arrogant, exaggerated drawl of his youth… This is one of those country-elders albums that oozes with hard-won wisdom and reflection, the sort of world-weary tone that younger men struggle to affect, but which comes so naturally to Friedman that it really turns your ears.