Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has been with his wife, Kathleen, for 30 years. REK: When we first got married and we were living in Nashville, this woman said, "I give you six months," and I said, "You don't know me, it's not like that for me. That tenacity -- to stick things out and hold on, even when they get hard -- has served Robert Earl Keen well over the years. In family and in his career. In part because his story songs never really found a home on country radio. REK: I'm truly an outlier, there's no other way to describe me. It allows me a great deal of freedom. At the same time, there's a great deal of frustration of not being able to fit in the country club sometimes. At 59 years old, he plays about shows a year -- and tends to his loyal fanbase that started in his home state of Texas and spread.
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Join Songkick to track Robert Earl Keen and get concert alerts when they play near you. Be the first to know when they tour near Fischbach, Germany. View all upcoming concerts Born to an oil executive father and an attorney mother, Keen was exposed to their love of folk and country, to which he would later blend when constructing his own style. He recorded his self-financed debut album, "No Kinda Dancer," in , which made a splash on the Austin, US, music scene. He moved to Nashville shortly after, mixing with the likes of Lyle Lovett and K. Lang, who had begun to create top ten country hits.
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With his raspy voice and truth-forward songs, Robert Earl Keen has amassed a passionate following among country and Americana fans. Robert Earl Keen ought to be sick of Christmas. His red cheeks are framed by a bushy, pepper-gray beard and a beret that he wears cocked and turned backwards on his head. Why would I want to turn my back on that? Montgomery Gentry earned a Top 40 country hit with their version in Griswold-worthy satire of family dysfunction and drunken, intolerant in-laws. Each holiday tour features a different theme.
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