Robert Earl Keen The Rose Hotel
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- Released: September 29, 2009
- Label: Lost Highway
Paste (magazine) - "The music of 'On and On' marries the mundane and the mysterious...adding an undercurrent of swirling, otherworldly guitar to the bouncy country two-step."
- 1.The Rose Hotel
- 2.Flyin' Shoes
- 3.Throwin' Rocks
- 4.10,000 Chinese Walk into a Bar
- 5.Something I Do
- 6.The Man Behind the Drums
- 7.Goodbye Cleveland
- 8.Laughing River
- 9.On and On
- 10.Village Inn
- 11.Wireless in Heaven
Personnel: Robert Earl Keen, Jr. (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Rich Brotherton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cittern, mandolin, background vocals); Marty Muse (dobro); Danny Barnes (banjo); Bryan Duckworth (fiddle); Bill Whitbeck (harmonica, acoustic bass, electric bass, background vocals); Bukka Allen (accordion, Wurlitzer organ); Tom Van Schaik (drums, percussion); Pat Manske (percussion); Drew Womack , Deani Flemmings (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Pat Manske.
Liner Note Author: Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
THE ROSE HOTEL is Texas songwriter Robert Earle Keen's first studio album since 2005's WHAT I REALLY MEAN. Keen enlisted fellow Texan Lloyd Maines to produce him this time out and that was a solid decision. The material ranges from the title track which is one of his spun out story tunes that looks at a pair of lovers who can never quite connect as they think their meant to. Fueled by a shuffling rhythm, mandolins, Bukka Allen's accordion, and some electric guitars for support, the choruses are catchy, making for another notch in his trademark tunes belt. The cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Flying Shoes" is rocked up a bit, with a bass line that sounds like it would be more at home on a Brian Setzer Orchestra record than this one. Rock plays a real role here as it has on most of Keen's records for the past decade. "Throwin' Rocks" may have banjos and steel guitars, but its pure Texas shuffle and boogie. "10,000 Chinese Walk Into a Bar," features guest vocalist Billy Bob Thornton on lead and harmony vocals in a duet with Keen on one of his trademark joke numbers.
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