Hanukkah Hoe Down: The Definitive List Of Jewish Country Stars
Since today is the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah I thought I’d put together the definitive list of Jewish country music stars. This is, as you might imagine, a very short list. Country music has exactly 2 adherents who call themselves Jews:
#1. Glen Campbell. In a 2008 interview the Rhinestone Cowboy said he and his wife have been adherents of Messianic Judaism for the last 20 years. He attends synagogue every Saturday and celebrates Jewish holidays such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah, as well as Christmas. Messianic Judaism however is rejected by most mainstream Jews who believe Christ was a prophet but not the messiah. Still, they follow many of the traditions as Campbell’s wife Kim makes a mean brisket and is constantly trying to perfect her matzo balls. They display a Jewish candelabrum on the mantel and a Hebrew book sits on their coffee table.
#2. Kinky Friedman. Kinky was the frontman of “Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys” and is best known as country music’s Al Yankovic who’s most famous hit is probably a parody of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee”.
There you go, all 2 of them, or 1 of them if you ask someone from the mainstream Jewish faith. I told you it was a short list.