Robert Earl Keen

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Robert Earl Keen is a confident man. “Bring back Bill Shakespeare and I’ll stand up right next to him,” says the Texas singer-songwriter of the lyrics from his latest album, Ready For Confetti. We talked to Keen about those lyrics, the word he likes to avoid in his songs, and the “caste system” of praise […]

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Robert Earl Keen Remembers John Vandiver

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Rock and Roll Joe is a new web site from Chip Taylor that shines a light on under-appreciated musicians. In this exclusive preview, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen shares his thoughts on the late John Vandiver. I grew up in Houston, Texas, in the the sixties and seventies. The Houston music scene at the time […]

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Americana Music Association Lists The Top 100 Albums Of The Year

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The Americana Music Association has announced its Top 100 Albums of the Year, based on “those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 17, 2009 through November 15, 2010.” This rubric means that 2009′s much-buzzed about Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack topped the list at 7,946 spins. The #100 […]

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Legends: Robert Earl Keen

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As singer/songwriters go, Robert Earl Keen doesn’t seem like the kind of artist who could honestly be accused of sloth. But despite a catalog choked with characters and conversations pulled from a colorful life, he makes that very claim on “Something That I Do,” a track where he brags of his ability to not let […]

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