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 Lovetts 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 Earles 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 Griffiths St. Olavs Gate and she recorded his songs Sing One For Sister and...
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