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Pearls in the Snow

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"Kinky writes from the bottom of his heart and/or the heart of his bottom," explains Captain Midnight in the liners to this engaging 17-song tribute to the ultimate "Texas Jewboy." Friedman's songs offer a most unusual blend of insight and irreverence, of scathing social commentary and absolute inanity, wrapped up in traditional country clothing. "Ride 'em Jewboy," despite its lighthearted title, is a moving rumination about the Holocaust, delivered sympathetically by Willie Nelson. Lee Roy Parnell assuredly honky-tonks through "Nashville Casualty & Life," a poignant ode to a mistreated Music City busker, while Dwight Yoakam dips his drawl into "Rapid City, South Dakota," a song about runaways and unwanted pregnancy--perhaps the only pro-choice country song around. Lyle Lovett invests the proper amount of resignation into "Sold American," Friedman's lament on fleeting stardom and capitalist betrayal. Guy Clark, Tompall Glaser, Tom Waits, Billy Swan, and even the Kinkster himself also issue noteworthy readings. Perhaps the impressive roster of interpreters here will show him to be more than a mere novelty--or maybe they'll prove him to be the most weighty novelty act in town. Either way, the corned beef will come by and by... --Marc Greilsamer


1. Ride 'Em Jewboy - Willie Nelson
2. Autograph - Delbert McClinton
3. Nashville Casualty and Life - Lee Roy Parnell
4. Before All Hell Breaks Loose - Asleep At The Wheel
5. Twirl - The Geezinslaws
6. Rapid City, South Dakota - Dwight Yoakam
7. Wild Man from Borneo - Guy Clark
8. Lady Yesterday - Marty Stuart
9. Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed - Tompall
10. Ol' Ben Lucas - Chuck E. Weiss
11. Marilyn and Joe - Kinky Friedman
12. When the Lord Closes the Door (He Opens A Little Window) - Billy Swan
13. Sold American - Lyle Lovett
14. Medley (They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore, Western Union Wire, Homo Erectus) - The Texas Jewboys
15. Silver Eagle Express - The Texas Jewboys
16. Highway Cafe - Tom Waits
17. You're Welcome Kinky - Kinky Friedman and Little Jewford

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00000HZSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By johnny marks on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ignore my close association with this effort and understand this: I would not have joined this 2 year journey had i not believed in my heart that "Pearls In The Snow" would showcase the cream of the Tradional Country Crop! Songs by Kinky, produced by Nashville's brightest new "studio magic lady", Kacey Jones, and performed with mind blowing emotion by the true blood of Real Country: Willie, Lyle, Dwight, Marty, Lee Roy, Guy, Asleep At The Wheel, and many more. It delivers smoked Texas Music on butcher paper. Eat it with your hands and let the sauce stain your sole forever...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album of ANY genre so far this year. I was blown away by this album. The roster of artists who contributed to this album is impressive, but the real joy is hearing these "Pearls", as indeed they are. Kinky Friedman, for all his success as a mystery writer, is one of the most overlooked songwriters in modern American music. GET THIS RECORD!! You will not be disappointed. On a cautionary note, however, if you like this record and would like to hear more Kinky Friedman, though there are several records out there, the best are: Sold American, Kinky Friedman, and maybe Lasso from El Paso. Steer clear of Old Testaments... and the other live performance compilations,unless you're a total Kinkophile. But "Kinky Friedman", for example, contains the bulk of his collaborations with the legendary and enigmatic Panama Red (Good luck finding a record by HIM, and I don't mean Peter Rowan!), featured as a co-writer on "Pearls in the Snow" on "Autograph", as performed by Delbert McClinton, and "Homo Erectus" featuring the Texas Jewboys. This record will stand up a long, long time. You'll be glad you bought it. "Pearls in the Snow" is a treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bonds VINE VOICE on September 3, 2002
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There may be better tribute albums out there, but I don't know about them. An all-star cast delivers the goods here. I'll just mention a few of my favorite tracks: Willie's version of "Ride 'em Jewboy," while not quite as heartfelt as Kinky's own, is excellent. Guy Clark, a great singer-songwriter himself, does justice to "Wild Man From Borneo," a song with depth that popular music seldom reaches. Marty Stuart's version of "Lady Yesterday" is great; Billy Swan (remember him?) does an especially beautiful take on "When the Lord Closes the Door." I should mention that Jonathan Yudkin plays absolutely beautiful violin on that one. I can't quite get into "Ol' Ben Lucas," though. They could have left that one off, but that would have ignored another side of the Kinkster, I suppose. This album is a unique document that is an essential part of any serious country collection. The final track, "You're Welcome, Kinky," is pretty whacked. I don't want to give away the ending here, though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "designsoup" on November 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm hardly Jewish, but "Ride Em Jewboy" and a couple others make this record well worth the buy. "Ride Em Jewboy" is one of the prettiest songs in the world. I think I like Kinky Friedman. He's not PC (a plus) and he's not afraid of his own testosterone (a definite plus). At the same time, his songs reveal a sensitive soul, a real gentleman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
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The many talented artists who appear on this c.d. have paid tribute indeed to Kinky Friedman. The producer, Kacey Jones, has done a superb job and if Kinky had a lick of sense he'd offer to marry her immediately. If Kacey has a lick of sense, she'll decline!
True to form, Willie Nelson does a superb rendition of "Ride em Jewboy". A friend first heard this cut while driving around "The Big Apple" last spring and parked his car on a Manhattan sidewalk in order to have a better listen. He reported that it gave him a delightful, yet somehow eerie feeling to hear Willie sing an old Kinky song. Thus began our search for "Pearls".
"Get Your Biscuits in the Oven (and your buns in the bed)" is performed by Tompall Glaser with apparent sensitivity to the delicate subject matter.
Best of all is Kinky's own version of "Marilyn and Joe". He's written and performed many songs but this depicts Kinky at his best. Co-written with Sharon Rucker more than twenty years ago, "Marilyn and Joe" is a touching and heartfelt song of love. On its own, this one is worth the price of the c.d..
Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton et al have paid tribute to a living legend - the one, the only, Kinky Friedman. Thanks for the Kinky memories and keep them coming Kacey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By no longer a customer on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Texas has managed to grace the world with many great Sons and Daughters, but two stand out... John Henry Faulk, (who should have a bronze statue in every courthouse in Texas), and Kinky. Drink Deep from this Tribute to Kinky; but Politically Correct Be Warned: this CD will produce frothing at the mouth, (but then you probably froth at the mouth at everything anyway...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
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In this day and age, when gross-out jokes pass for comedy, it's a pleasure to come across an artist who is able to mix satire with sincere feeling. He's funny and his social commentary is unbeatable. I especially love "They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore," and "Highway Cafe."
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