LIVE: Kinky Friedman’s Bi-Polar Express Tour @ The Linda, 6/18/12

June 22nd, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Kinky Freidman

Kinky Friedman

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The handshake was firm, accompanied by a look in your eye that was long and sincere – both practiced moves of a seasoned politician, and you can’t get more seasoned than when you’re mixing it up into the ideological mosh pit that is the state of Texas. Happily, I wasn’t shaking hands with the guy who had the worst performance and the best hair (Sorry, Mitt) in this year’s Republican primary; I was shaking hands with (in the words of emcee Graeme McKenna) “the one, the only… the TRULY ORIGINAL… Kinky Friedman!”

Instead of doing the living-legend thing and hiding in the green room until showtime, Friedman was literally right next to the entrance to the performance space, resplendent in all-black from his cowboy hat to his cowboy boots, with a not-quite-pencil-thin mustache and a gleam in his eye that communicated both intelligence and a divine sense of mischief. The man definitely knows how to work a room, and that’s what he was doing when he wasn’t signing autographs at a stage-side merch table filled with what opening act Brian Molnar called “the finest books you’ve ever read… and if you haven’t read them, they WILL BE the finest books you’ve ever read!”

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LIVE: Murali Coryell @ Caffe Lena, 1/29/10

February 2nd, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell is a ball of passionate energy when he’s onstage singing and playing guitar. But he also had that same non-stop enthusiasm when he was on his break at the Saratoga Springs coffeehouse, chatting with the members of the audience about his legendary father (guitarist Larry Coryell), the blues and soul masters who influenced him or his latest album, which he recorded in Nashville with his dad and blues great Joe Louis Walker.

Making his Caffe Lena debut as a solo acoustic artist, Coryell’s voice had a bit of Rod Stewart’s rasp, and his superb guitar playing had some of that old-style, back-porch Mississippi bluesman-bite. But Coryell is very much his own man, and he gets at the heart and soul of any song, regardless of whether he wrote it or not.

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