Making music for over three decades, Robert Earl Keen is a prominent figure in the Americana genre. With 18 full-length albums released since the '80s, Keen debuted in 1984 with No Kinda Dancer. He grew in popularity with albums such as Gravitational Forces, The Rose Hotel and 2015's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. Keen's most popular songs include "Merry Christmas From the Family," "The Road Goes on Forever," "The Front Porch Song" and "Gringo Honeymoon." Keen's music spans multiple genres, and he is widely respected in the country music world. He continues to tour extensively around the US and the world.
A Texas native, Robert Earl Keen grew up listening to classic rock and albums by Willie Nelson. Accompanying his sister to bars where she would play competitive foosball, Keen would listen to the live bands play covers and original acoustic folk songs. While in college at Texas A&M, he taught himself how to play guitar and began writing songs. Meeting future musician Lyle Lovett in college, the two co-wrote "The Front Porch Song." The song appeared on both artists' debut albums. Keen's career began picking up speed when Joe Ely recorded "Whenever Kindness Fails" and "The Road Goes on Forever" in 1993, both written by Keen. The Texan singer-songwriter does not stick to genre-conforming norms, seeking instead to write music both he and his fans will enjoy.
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Which songs might I hear at a Robert Earl Keen concert?
While attending a Robert Earl Keen concert, you're likely to hear songs such as "Shades of Gray," "The Road Goes on Forever," "Beats the Devil Outta Me," "Down That Dusty Trail," "I'm Comin' Home," "Paint the Town Beige," "Gringo Honeymoon," "The Rose Hotel," "Ride," "Feelin' Good Again," "Corpus Christi Bay" and "Merry Christmas From the Family."
Who are members of Robert Earl Keen's live band?
Some of the members of Robert Earl Keen's band have toured and recorded albums with Keen for over 20 years. Keen's band members include Rich Brotherton on guitar, Tom Van Schaik on drums, Kym Warner on mandolin and electric guitar, Bill Whitbeck on bass and Brian Beken on fiddle and acoustic and electric guitar.
Has Robert Earl Keen recorded any live albums?
If you want to get a taste of what a live performance by Robert Earl Keen is like, listen to one of his seven live albums. His first live album, The Live Album, was recorded in 1988 in Dallas, Texas, with 10 tracks. Live at the Ryman: The Greatest Show Ever Been Gave is another notable live Keen album. Recorded in 2006 at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium, the album features 14 tracks, including "Merry Christmas From the Family," "The Road Goes on Forever" and "Corpus Christi Bay." The recording is also available on DVD, so you can see and hear this legend perform.
Which artists are similar to Robert Earl Keen?
Fans of Robert Earl Keen may also enjoy the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard, Willie Nelson and Joe Ely.Back to Top
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