Kinky Friedman: Lasso from El Paso
Of the many albums that grew out of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, this must be the strangest. Friedman has a husky voice
and an off-kilter sense of humor best captured on the live-from-the-revue track, "Sold American." Also notable for a version of the
Bob Dylan outtake, "Catfish."
Two of the tracks on this album, "Kinky" and "Ben Lucas", were recorded in Shangri-La studios in 1976 during the time Rick was recording Rick Danko and Eric Clapton was recording No Reason to Cry. According to Roberty's book on Clapton's recording sessions, the lineup for Ronnie Hawkins' "Kinky" and "Ol' Ben Lucas" was Clapton - dobro, Levon - drums, Rick - bass, Dr. John - toy piano on "Ol'Ben Lucas", with other instruments presumably overdubbed later. Rick and Levon's voices stand out pretty clearly among backing vocals on "Kinky". (Levon and Rick are both listed as backing vocalists in the credit list.) Richard Manuel is listed in the credit list as appearing on both keyboards and drums. Richard is on percussion on the song "Kinky", together with Ron Wood on slide guitar.
The rest of the songs were recorded in Houston, TX, except for track 1, a live recording with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Revue, Ft. Collins, Colorado. Rick's brother Terry Danko and Ronnie Hawkins appear somewhere on the Houston numbers, but the only Bandster on the Houston cuts is Richard, who is listed as appearing on keyboards.
Kinky Friedman - Lasso from El Paso - 20:24 - 1976 - Epic PE 34304
AMG Rating: 8 (out of 9)