Robert Earl Keen

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Robert Earl Keen (born January 11, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the central Texas hill country. Debuting with 1984's No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have also been covered by several different artists from the country, folk and Texas country music scenes (including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks). Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana movements. In fact, he was the first "Americana" artist to appear on the cover of Gavin magazine when the style was officially recognized as its own genre in 1998. Additionally, although Keen has toured extensively both nationally and internationally throughout his career, he has long been heralded as one of the Lone Star State's most popular and consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 along with Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 No Kinda Dancer Robert Earl Keen 4
1989 West Textures Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 1
1993 A Bigger Piece of Sky Robert Earl Keen 2
1994 Gringo Honeymoon Robert Earl Keen 1
1997 Picnic Robert Earl Keen 1
1998 Walking Distance Robert Earl Keen 1
2001 Gravitational Forces Robert Earl Keen 2
2003 Farm Fresh Onions Robert Earl Keen 1
2005 What I Really Mean Robert Earl Keen 1
2006 Best Robert Earl Keen 1
2009 The Rose Hotel Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 2
2011 Ready for Confetti Robert Earl Keen 1
2015 Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions Robert Earl Keen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Live Album Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 1
2009 Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen Robert Earl Keen 4 1
Live at the Ryman Robert Earl Keen 1
Live From Austin TX (2004) Robert Earl Keen 1
Marfa After Dark Robert Earl Keen 1
No. 2 LIVE Dinner Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions Robert Earl Keen 1
The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know From the Tunes You Can't Remember Robert Earl Keen 1

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