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Kinky Friedman, Texas Troubadour, Boots Politics for Music Tour

Richard “Kinky” Friedman, the country singer and detective novelist who has twice run for Texas governor, says he’s through with politics.

“It’s finally dawned on me that it’s a far better thing to be a musician than it is to be a politician,” Friedman says, smoking an ever-present cigar at his ranch about an hour’s drive from San Antonio. “If you’ve ever been in a room with a bunch of musicians, they’re decent people. And you can’t say that about politicians.”