Robert Earl Keen

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Descriptive "tags": country singer-songwriter americana alt-country texas texas country alt country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Lyrics Official Homepage VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

11 January 1956, Houston, Texas, USA. In the mid-70s, Keen befriended Lyle Lovett at Texas A&M University, an establishment that combined academic and military activities. They often sang and played guitar together and they wrote ‘This Old Porch’, which appeared on Lovett’s first album. Keen also formed a bluegrass band, the Front Porch Boys. In 1981, he moved to Austin and worked as the Incredible Robert Keen and Some Other Guys Band. He financed an album on loans of $4, 500, No Kinda Dancer, which has twice been reissued. The Austin Chronicle nominated him Songwriter Of The Year, an honour that invariably went to Butch Hancock. On Steve Earle’s advice that there were too many distractions in Austin - namely, pretty women and drugs - Keen moved to Nashville, although he returned to Texas in 1987. He was a backing singer on Nanci Griffith’s ‘St. Olav’s Gate’ and she recorded his songs ‘Sing One For Sister’ and...

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