January 11 2021

Robert Earl Keen, a Living Legend

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my very favorite Texas singer/songwriters, Robert Earl Keen. In my books REK is a living legend.

Robert Earl Keen was born January 11, 1956. He grew up on the southwest side of Houston, Texas. His father Robert Earl Keen Sr. was a geologist while his mother was an attorney.

From an early age, Keen excelled in literature and was an avid reader. After graduating high school at Sharpstown in 1974, Keen attended Texas A&M University. With a Bachelor of Arts in English, Keen graduated Texas A&M in 1978.

It was during his days in college station where he met fellow Texas singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett. Keen and Lovett would collaborate to write “The Front Porch Song.

The Front Porch Song” is still one of my favorite songs in Robert Earl Keen’s portfolio. I can listen to it over and over. I think it is an essential listen for anyone who is a fan of Folk and/or Americana music.

The song was first released in 1984 on Robert Earl Keen’s debut album, No Kinda Dancer.

Robert Earl Keen’s songs provide a perfect portrait of scenes from all across the Lone Star State and beyond. His songs never get old. His voice is easy to listen to. His songs are written with the skill of a proven storyteller. Not to mention the sensational bluegrass back -up band he has pieced together through the years. I still get mesmerized by the acoustics of his mandolins, guitars, and the occasional fiddle.

Since that 1984 debut album, No Kinda Dancer, Robert Keen now has nineteen records to his name. Every one of them as good if not better than the first.

To echo the words of my little brother, Luke, “I can always have a better day just by listening to Robert Earl Keen sing Corpus Christi Bay.

“I’ve known a whole lot of Bulls in my time and their work is never done”


There work is never done.


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Posted January 11, 2021 by Cody Watson in category "Pancho Palace

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