Kinky Friedman with special guest Brian Molnar
The Merry Kinkster Tour

Kinky Friedman with special guest Brian Molnar

Beachland Tavern
All Ages
Kinky Friedman with special guest Brian Molnar bring The Merry Kinkster Tour to the Beachland Tavern.

Kinky Friedman

Yes, Kinky has been resurrected, with perhaps his greatest work ever, the cd Resurrection (Echo Hill Records), and he’s bringing it to the streets for a November, 2019 tour. With twenty-one dates that take him from the east coast, to the midwest, to his home state of Texas, this is just the first leg of a full US tour that will cement Kinky’s rep as one of the best performers and songwriters of a generation.

In working with superstar producer, multi-instrumentalist and three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell, Kinky has finally found the perfect compliment to his jagged edge Texas Hill Country persona. Together with fellow three-time Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip, they have produced eleven amazing cuts that speak to the legends and myths of the great southwest with an inner conviction that belies the raucous days of Kinky’s youth. Every appearance on the Merry Kinkster Tour will be a showcase of these masterpieces from a very deep soul.

Many of the dates should actually be called The Merry Kinksters Tour, as he will be joined by his long-time co-conspirator (read: Executive Buttboy) and legendary Austin band leader Cleve Hattersley, whose new book Life Is A Butt Dial (YES Publishing Austin, Texas) tells the tales of his and Kinky’s adventures together, plus myriad stories of a life in rock and roll, politics and pot smuggling. Cleve will perform a few songs with his wife, Sweet Mary and read from his book. Brian Molnar, who has accompanied Kinky on several recent tours will be opening nearly all the dates, premiering his new cd, One Of Them (Avenue A records).

For extra added fun, the New York City date will also be a reunion show, with performers and fans gathering in tribute to the late, great bastion of country and Americana, The Lone Star Cafe. A large cadre of Kinky’s Village Irregulars, including Cleve (who managed the Lone Star), Larry Ratso Sloman and Corky Laing, will salute the legendary club and all the stars who played the venue, most especially Dr. John, one of the most beloved performers to have performed there.

Whether it’s The Merry Kinkster or The Merry Kinksters, this is a not-to-miss tour, surely one for the ages.

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Brian Molnar

For over a decade Brian Molnar has been carrying his acoustic guitar and wrought melodies across the United States and Europe, connecting audiences with a feeling of American tradition and unique thoughtfulness that has been too often diluted in recent memory. Now, with a new album of traditional songs, Old Paint, and sharing the stage with contemporaries such as Ralph Stanley, Chris Hillman, Bernie Worrell, Garth Hudson, Neal Cassal, and Kinky Friedman, it seems that a genuine Americana resurgence is upon us, with each of Brian’s new releases setting its tone.

Brian is credited with the production of Kinky Friedman’s last two albums, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (2015) and The Circus of Life (2018). The artist’s first two album’s since the 1970s, they are both critically acclaimed and loved by fans. Over the past few years, Brian and Kinky have toured the country as well as overseas, selling out venues coast to coast.

Brian Molnar's album, "Of the Fall" spent 4 weeks standing strong at #1 on the World Wide Roots 66 chart, and remained in the top 10 nearly 4 months after it’s release. His prior live record "Miss You" hit #7 on the Roots Music Report chart in NY, and #36 country-wide, while his previous studio work "Temperance & the Devil" peaked at #27 on AMA (Americana) chart, and #9 on the FAR radio chart in Europe and USA.

With a new upcoming album, a full tour schedule and a promising track record, Brian Molnar will be a name to remember in the coming years.

“...Old Paint is gorgeous...you can’t go wrong with those songs...voice is sweet and strong--bravo.”-Michael Simmons, Mojo

"...they continue to push the boundaries of Americana in sound and spirit beyond what has become an ossification too frequent in the form."-Chris Spectre, Midwest Record, on "Of the Fall"

"Treading the midnight highway dividing line between country and the Ash Grove, he evokes a turning point just before everything changed and too much got lost."-Mark S. Tucker, Fame, on "Of the Fall"

"Just when you have had your fill of artists who can obtain a great studio-produced sound, but lack luster onstage (or downright "suck, live"), or in a parallel universe deliver showmanship and power in concert whilst never being able to focus and produce a decent studio record, here is a band that thankfully can capture both."-Torchy Blaine, WDVR FM, on "Miss You"

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Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110