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Jimmy Wayne Takes Break From Pretending to be Homeless to Sing Karaoke at Show Low Bar Wearing Pink Tank-Top and Using Name of Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission

Frequent New Times readers may remember Jimmy Wayne, the country music star currently walking from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for homeless kids.

You may also remember that back in February we managed to piss off a few (probably all) of his fans by saying their hero had wimped out by not sticking with his pledge to live like a homeless person as he walked across the country because he frequently slept in a donated RV.

He also left his crusade several times to perform concerts in cities along his trek -- not exactly a testament to comments he made before his march, most specifically his statement that "it's going to be cold, rainy, and maybe even snowing, and that ground I sleep on at night is going to be really hard. But that's what the homeless are dealing with each and every winter they go without a home of their own."

We tried to apologize to the Wayne-iacs (sort of) in an article you can see here.

Well, Jimmy's finally made it to Arizona, and he's been spotted at a Show Low bar singing karaoke -- dressed in a pink tank-top, ski goggles, and a cowboy hat and using the name "Barry Wong."

Barry Wong is currently a candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission, and the country star says he picked the name because he saw a campaign sign for Wong while walking near the Show Low bar.

We called Wong to see if wearing a pink tank-top while singing karaoke at a bar is the type of name recognition the GOPer is looking for these days, but he didn't immediately get back to us.

In any event, Wayne (as Wong) reportedly belted out the Brooks & Dunn hit Neon Moon before being booed off stage by some local hillbillies.

Check out the video below.

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Despite bailing on his original plan, Wayne's effort is more than admirable and despite having the option of sleeping in the comfort of an RV, he's still walking across the majority of the country in what have been some pretty horrible conditions.

Wayne's been walking since New Year's Day to raise awareness for Phoenix-based HomeBase Youth Services to help raise awareness of homeless kids and kids who are about to "age out" of the foster-care system and have few options other than to live on the streets.

Wayne himself spent parts of his life homeless and is using his walk to raise money and awareness of the problem.

Wayne is expected to arrive in Phoenix about July 31. For more information about his cause or to donate money, click here.

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