Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen writes what
he knows, and sings what he sees. More than three
decades into his career, with an audience calling-card
anthem of “And the party never ends!”, Keen’s songs have
spotlighted coarse characters living the high-life;
arrogant fools falling into the down-and-out, and the
humbling struggles of mid-life. His tunes reside in the
category of Alt. Country, a literate songcraft style
that lies between folk and country, a genre filled with
razor sharp wit and freewheeling Americana spirit – all
shared with flawless musicianship.
A Houston native who’s long lived in Kerrville, Keen
is a songwriter’s songwriter with 18-full-length albums
to his name. Early in his career, not long after his
first album Some Kinda Dancer (1984) came out, the buzz
of his credentials was as loud as cicadas, and Keen
became a veritable household name in Texas. He was
inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of
Fame in 2012.
Considered to be one of the most influential
songwriters in Texas, Keen returns to the Spencer with
his band. Patrons will get a dose of Keen’s best-loved
staples, many of which appear on his 2016 Live Dinner
Reunion, such as “Corpus Christi Bay,” “Gringo
Honeymoon,” “This Front Porch” and “The Road Goes on
Forever,” and sizzling samplings from his 2015 release,
Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, which charted as
Top 5 album at Americana Radio and was Billboard’s No. 2
Bluegrass album of the year.
You can also expect him to share his masterful
stories and engage in a musical conversation among his
outstanding band that he has toured with for over 20
years: Rich Brotherton on guitar, Bill Whitbeck on bass
guitar, Tom Van Schaik on drums, Marty Muse, on steel
guitar, and the expert Charles Ray on sound.
Join us for a night of cinematic tunes about small
town Texas living, Keen style!