On Sunday, June 11, at 8 p.m., acclaimed Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek.
Folk Alley calls Keen “a legend of outlaw country music … a masterful storyteller.”
Robert Earl Keen, a Houston native, has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, but he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest singer-songwriters. From his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene to his college friendship with Lyle Lovett (the pair wrote songs together at Texas A&M), Keen has blazed a peer-, critic-, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him pioneer and living-legend status in the Americana music world. And three decades after the release of his debut album—with eighteen other records to his name and thousands of shows under his belt—Keen remains as committed as ever to his songwriting craft.
Keen was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his third studio album, “West Textures,” was released, but once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded Keen’s songs “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Whenever Kindness Fails” in 1993, Keen established his credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. By the end of the ’90s, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Townes Van Zandt and Keen’s longtime friend from Texas A & M, Lyle Lovett.
Keen’s renown now spreads well beyond Texas. PopMatters writes that Robert Earl Keen hits “that perfect balance between the specific and the mysterious that so many songwriters strive for and fail to attain.”
Robert Earl Keen’s performance is made possible with support from major sponsor The White Gull Inn and presenting sponsor Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik.
Robert Earl Keen will perform at DCA at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Tickets for the concert range from $28 to $65. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.