2019-12-22T21:28:42Z 2019-12-22T21:28:42Z

Robert Earl Keen performing at the ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas

Robert Earl Keen | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Robert Earl Keen performing during the Countdown to Christmas Tour at the ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on December 21, 2019.
It’s not always easy to sum up a career, let alone a life’s ambition, so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words, the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”), just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick.

Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album, with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead, Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever.
Setlist for the show at the ACL Live Moody Theater
  • Feelin' Good Again
  • Gringo Honeymoon
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • What I Really Mean
  • Shades of Gray
  • Man on the Moon
  • Amarillo Highway (For Dave Hickey)
  • Corpus Christi Bay
  • Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
  • Charlie Duke
  • I'm Comin' Home
  • Space Oddity
  • I Gotta Go
  • The Road Goes On Forever
  • Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In
  • Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee
  • Feliz Navidad

Robert Earl Keen was the main act at the ACL Live Moody Theater with guests Shinyribs. The band continues across the United States with the last stop at the Stiefel Theater in Salina, Kansas on February 28, 2020.

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