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Encyclopedia > Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
Background information
Born January 11, 1956 (1956-01-11) (age 51)
Origin Houston, Texas, USA
Genre(s) Country, Country Rock
Alternative Country, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1984Present
Label(s) Arista Records
Sugar Hill Records
KOCH Records
Website RobertEarlKeen.com

Robert Earl Keen, Junior (born January 11, 1956 in Houston, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter. He is popular with traditional country music fans, folk music fans, the college radio crowd and alt-country fans. Keen currently resides in Kerrville, Texas and maintains a ranch in Bandera, Texas. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... Matt Hillyer of Texas-based Eleven Hundred Springs Alternative country is a term applied to various subgenres of country music. ... Folk can refer to a number of different things: It can be short for folk music, or, for folksong, or, for folklore; it may be a word for a specific people, tribe, or nation, especially one of the Germanic peoples; it might even be a calque on the related German... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... See also: 1983 in country music, 1984 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in country music, 1980s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Sugar Hill Records is a folk music label that was founded in 1978 by Barry Poss and was acquired by the Welk Music Group in 1998. ... Koch Records, the primary subsidiary of Koch Entertainment LP, is the largest independent record label in the United States [1]. // Problemz (of Tru Rydas) Alchemist Criss Angel Anúna Joan Baez Beth Hart Black Ice Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Ian Brown Chris Brubeck Richard Butler C Miller Camron Carl... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. ... Bandera is a city in Bandera County, Texas, United States. ...

Contents

Early Life

Growing up, Keen was interested in music, sports, movies and writing. Keen graduated from Lee High School in 1974 [1]. Lee High School may refer to one of the American high schools: Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia - #556 on Newsweeks 2005 list of the 1,000 top schools Lee High School in Midland, Texas - alumnus Cedric Benson Lee High School in Houston, Texas Lee High School in Huntsville, Madison... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


College

Keen attended Texas A&M University, where he majored in English. Disappointed in the College Station music scene, he began playing guitar and learned to read and write music, basing his style on folk, country, blues and roots rock. In 1974 he rented a house from landlord Jack Boyett, where his neighbor was a then-unknown Lyle Lovett. The two became fast friends and performed together on the front porch many evenings. This eventually grew into inspiration for a song entitled "The Front Porch Song", which both would add to their repertoire. Texas A&M University, often called A&M or TAMU, is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas. ... College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, near the boundary area between East Texas and Central Texas. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ...


Career

In 1980, Keen graduated from Texas A&M and moved to Austin, Texas, where he began writing for a newspaper. Soon he was performing in Austin's nightclubs and live music venues, building a solid following. In 1984 he financed the recording of his own EP and distributed it regionally. In 1986, He moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Discouraged by the polish of the new country sound and unable to land a recording contract, Keen moved back to Austin. In 1989 he released his national debut album, West Textures. His 1993 release, A Bigger Piece Of Sky, gained wider acclaim, both amongst fans and critics. Over the next ten years, Keen would continue to write, record, perform and tour. Keen's 1997 album Picnic features a picture of Keen's own car in flames at Willie Nelson's 1974 Fourth of July picnic/concert. He tells the story on the No. 2 Live Dinner album in the introduction to the song "The Road Goes on Forever." Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A debut album is the first released music album by an artist or a band. ... West Textures is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 1990s in music. ... A Bigger Piece Of Sky is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Picnic is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Willie Nelson (born William Hugh Nelson, 30 April 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... No. ...


Discography

Albums Year
No Kinda Dancer 1984
The Live Album 1988
West Textures 1989
A Bigger Piece of Sky 1993
Gringo Honeymoon 1994
No. 2 Live Dinner 1996
Picnic 1997
Walking Distance 1998
Gravitational Forces 2001
Farm Fresh Onions 2003
Live from Austin TX 2004
What I Really Mean 2005
Live at the Ryman 2006
The Best of Robert Earl Keen 2007

No Kinda Dancer is the first album by Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, originally released in the United States in 1984 (see 1984 in music) and re-released in 2004 by KOCH Records with additional tracks. ... See also: 1980s in music. ... The Live Album is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, recorded live at The Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, TX released in the United States in 1988 (see 1988 in music). ... See also: other events of 1988 Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 list of years in music 1980s in music // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... West Textures is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... A Bigger Piece Of Sky is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 1990s in music. ... Gringo Honeymoon is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... No. ... See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ... Picnic is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Walking Distance is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, released in the United States in 1998 (see 1998 in music). ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal... Gravitational Forces is an album by Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, first released in the United States on August 7, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... See also: 2001 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2001 Record labels established in 2001 2000s in music. ... Farm Fresh Onions is an album by Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, first released in the United States on October 7, 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 other events of 2003 list of years in music 2000s in music // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... What I Really Mean is an album by Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, first released in the United States on May 10, 2005 (see 2005 in music) by Koch Entertainment. ... See also: 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 2000s in music. ... Live at the Ryman: The Greatest Show Ever Been Gave is the fourth live album (and thirteenth overall) from Robert Earl Keen. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ...

References

  1. ^ Houston ISD

External links

  • http://www.robertearlkeen.com - Official Site
  • Robert Earl Keen at All Music Guide

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