Robert Earl Keen - Austin, Texas, 1988 to 1997

This is a selection of songs performed for Austin City Limits by Robert Earl Keen, at the Austin City Limits Studios, Austin, Texas, USA.

None of these songs were included on the official release 'Live In Austin' which is from a 2001 concert recording.

Robert Earl Keen first performed on Austin City Limits in 1988 as part of the Texas Showcase which included four other artists. This selection also includes sets recorded in 1994 and 1997.

Trying to place Robert in one music genre is difficult, hence the various descriptions below, he can move from one style to another in a seamless manner. The musicians that work with him are part of the trick and his own down to earth style makes listening a joy. Songs like 'Road Goes On Forever' remind me of both Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris in terms of delivery and arrangement however he stamps his own style completely on each song. If Robert Earl Keen is new to you and you only half like anything 'Americana' then check him out right now!

Source: Soundboard.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@192kbps. 

Genre: Country, Country rock, Alternative country, Folk, Texas Country.  

Set: From three studio sessions.

Set List:

14th October 1988  
01 Front Porch Song
02 Mariano
03 Going Down In Style
04 I Would Change My Life

18th October 1994    
05 Whenever Kindness Fails
06 Corpus Christi Bay
07 Merry Christmas From The Family
08 I’m Coming Home
09 So I Can Take My Rest
10 Road Goes On Forever

16th January 1997  
11 Shades Of Gray
12 Amarillo Highway
13 The Coming Home Of The Son And Brother
14 Then Came Lo Mein
15 Undone
16 Over The Waterfall

Website: Official HERE.


Robert Earl Keen, Junior (born January 11, 1956 in Houston, Texas) is a Texan singer-songwriter. He is popular with traditional country music fans, folk music fans, the college radio crowd and alt-country fans. He currently resides in Kerrville, Texas and maintains a ranch in Medina, Texas.

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Anonymous said…
Hadn't heard REK before, and really enjoyed this. Reminded me of John Prine.

Thanks for putting this one on.

Chris E