Robert Earl Keen announces new CD
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
– Robert Earl Keen, a long-time purveyor of the Texas music scene, is out with his 16th CD in late August.
"Ready for Confetti" drops Aug. 30 on Lost Highway. The CD was produced by Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Flatlanders), who also produced Keen's 2009 album "The Rose Hotel" (Lost Highway).
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Talk about deja vu all over again, Robert Earl Keen's 'new' live album is a two-disc re-living, if you will, of the Texas singer-songwriter's "No. 2 Live Dinner," which was originally recorded in 1990. Performed again in front of an audience at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas, "Live Dinner Reunion" includes many of Keen's best songs. It also features a few special guests, such as Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely.
This guest list is a little ...
Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen may be known for his storytelling style and rowdy country-folk, but with this new album he reveals his fondness for bluegrass jams while bringing along his usual band and adding special guests Danny Barnes, Sara Watkins, Lyle Lovett, Peter Rowan and Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks.
If you're a contemporary bluegrass fan, prepare to be disappointed. Keen's voice isn't the typical smooth instrument of most genre stars, and the set list includes ...
If Robert Earl Keen had been noted for little more than being Lyle Lovett's neighbor/front porch jam pal at Texas A&M in the '70s and writing The Road Goes on Forever (from his 1989 sophomore album "West Textures") and Merry Xmas from the Family (from his 1994 album, "Gringo Honeymoon"), his status as a Lone Star legend would be well secured.
Of course, those are mere bullet-point accomplishments at the top of a long and illustrious resume, and Keen is a Texas music ...