It's like an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs.
On the top floor of the World Cafe Live is the Kinky Friedman, the novelist, songwriter, tale teller and aspirant to one day sit at the Lone Star State governor's desk once inhabited by Ann Richards and George W. Bush. Yes, the author of What Would Kinky Do? and quite serious songwriter behind such gems as "Sold American," "Rapid City, South Dakota" (which he calls "the first pro-choice country song ever written"), and "They Don't Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore." Friedman will not have all of his band The Texas Jewboys with him, but Little Jewford and Washington Ratso will be in the house.
Meantime, downstairs at the WCL, Michael Kiwanuka is headlining a triple bill that also includes Bahamas and Elle King. Kiwanuka is the 24 year old Brit-soul man who embraces Bill Withers, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding as influences, and makes mellow down easy music on his debut LP, Home Again, which includes one song producerd by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. It's out now on iTunes, and comes out physically, as they awkwardly say, on July 31. My interview with Kiwanuka is in Friday's Inquirer Weekend section and here.
That's Kinky in the picture. Below, Kiwanuka takes "Lasan" to the streets of Brussels. Below that, Friedman plays "Sold American" while itting on the porch with fellow Texas tunesmiths Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore who, by the way, will be in Sellersville with the Flatlanders on June 28.
Tonight's show details here.