Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen will strum his way into the hearts of West Tennessee music lovers at a special pop-up show at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon on Friday, March 29.
A living legend on the Texas music scene, Keen has long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest true singer-songwriters. His career as a balladeer spans 3 decades, 19 albums and thousands of shows. He is a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and The Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Keen also has real chops in the Americana music world. Considered a true pioneer of the genre, Robert Earl Keen finds himself in company with the likes of Jason Isbell, Paul Thorne and Brandi Carlisle just to name a few.
It was never Keen’s intention, however, to become a music star. He actually started out as an English major at Texas A&M University. It was there where he taught himself guitar, first set his musings to music and kicked up a fuss with his front porch “picking parties” with fellow student, Lyle Lovett.
Just a little bit rowdy and more than a tad bit honest, Keen ended up making quite a name for himself gigging at roadhouses, dancehalls, theaters and festival grounds. The combination of his razor wit, literate song craft and a zinger of a band created the perfect grassroots storm not seen since the likes of Willie’s 4th of July Picnics.
But eventually success did come. And come in spades, it did. In addition to becoming a veritable Texas household name, his songs have been recorded by big names like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, his buddy Lyle Lovett, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks and The Highwaymen. Keen has also worked with music legends Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, and Guy Clark, Jr.
As the first official recipient of the BMI’s Troubadour Award, Keen’s career goals have been fully realized. The Troubadour Award celebrates songwriters who have made a lasting impact on the songwriting community. The award honors writers who craft for the sake of the song and set the pace for generations of songwriters who will follow.
Keen’s goals have always been just to sing his songs and to do it for a good long time. And with no inkling of slowing down, Robert Earl Keen is living his dream. Writing, singing, getting onstage and having a good time, for Keen, that’s exactly what it’s always been about.
This Dixie appearance is an add-on to Keen’s Spring tour which includes the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show, Carnegie Hall, Ram’s Stage, The National Theatre and others. Join Robert Earl Keen at The Dixie, March 29, 2019, 7:30PM. Tickets are $35, $45 & $55. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit The Dixie online at DixiePac.net or call The Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, M-F, 10AM-4PM. This event is sponsored by Carroll Bank & Trust.
Written by Stacey Pirtle, A Southern Discourse