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Kinky Friedman (US)

Richard Samet "Kinky" Friedman (born November 1, 1944) is an American Texas Country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the six-person race.

Friedman was born in Chicago to Jewish parents, Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and his wife Minnie (Samet) Friedman. The family moved to a ranch in central Texas a few years later. Friedman had an early interest in both music and chess, and was chosen at age 7 as one of 50 local players to challenge U.S. ...

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Chet O'keefe (US)

On his upcoming release “Game Bird”, Chet O’Keefe’s voice is at once old as the hills and young as spring grass, a friendly neighbor’s call like John Prine’s or Waylon Jennings’. At once warm and inviting, and as lived-in as an old easy chair, he sounds like a man who’s been around the block and is back to tell you about it. Indeed he has. For a man who sounds as if he sprung whole and grown from the Kentucky mountains, Chet emerged from New Hampshire, and has crisscrossed the United States several times, sleeping rough and pitching tents by the highway side just like troubadours of old, playing country, blues and practicing Buddhism, meeting Native American medicine men and picking up the heartbeat of the real America as he went along, ...

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