Kinky Friedman talks new music, touring on adrenaline and which presidential candidates might get his vote.

Kinky Friedman blinked,and 32 years went by.

That's how long it's been since he last released an album-1983'sUnder the Double Ego-though the singer has filled his time in other ways. In lieu of new music, Friedman dashed off a melange of mystery novels and ran for an assortment of public offices (including, in 2006, governor of Texas).

Perhaps making up for lost time, his new album,The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, is an embarrassment of riches, featuring Friedman's take on such classics as Johnny Cash's "Pickin' Time" and Willie Nelson's "Bloody Mary Morning"-plus original songs.

In October, Friedman set forth on a national tour, including a scheduled stop at Woodlands Tavern on Nov. 2. We spoke with Friedman from his ranch in Texas.woodlandstavern.com

Have you been pleased with the results of the new album?Yeah, I can't believe them. Voice experts have said this bass vibrato that I'm using on it sounds like a totally different person than the one singing the vocals on the other records I've made. Of course, 32 years have passed. And a lot of the people have passed, too.

You said you don't consider the songs "covers." How would you characterize what you're doing?I would say that I'm performing for a silent witness. In other words, when we cut these, I was totally singing to a lost cat, which I have, or a dead sweetheart, which I have, and singing to them, not thinking about the fact that we're not using a Nashville click track and the songs weren't written by committees and they're not designed for background music for frat parties.

During the main part of your tour, you have about two days off. What was the thinking behind the schedule?It's an idea of Willie's that I've tried before and has worked, which is you're out there, you might as well play, never take a night off. If you play every night and travel, you will be running on pure adrenaline pretty soon. You'll be pure and raw.

Do you have any plans to return to the political fray?I'm taking a break from it. No plans. No regrets.

Do you see anything different about this year's presidential cycle, with two candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders?It's too early to tell. I wouldn't mind voting for, of the group, Ben Carson, Trump and Bernie Sanders. You've got three men who I know are not corrupt. Otherwise, they remain the same as they always were. They're the Crips and the Bloods, the Republicans and Democrats. And I like my idea of limiting all elected officials to two terms: one in office and one in prison.

You are known to be a devotee of Mark Twain. Have you delved into his newly released uncensored autobiography?I haven't cracked it yet, to be honest. I have read "Moby-Dick" in the past few months, though, which was remarkable. And Melville, you know his story: I mean, he died in just absolute obscurity, and "Moby-Dick" could only be found in the whaling sections of bookstores. He had a sign in his office that said, "Keep true to the dreams of thy youth." And that's what we did with this record.