Robert Earl Keen is a phenomenally talented Texas
born singer songwriter
. And rumor has it he is the favorite singer of our current president
Keen started playing the guitar with his neighbor Lyle Lovett while attending Texas A&M's journalism school. He got his first work providing songs for Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, and Kelly Willis. After he made a name for himself, as a talented progressive country/alt-country/no depression artist in Austin, TX he released his first album No Kinda Dancer, but he failed to make a name for himself outside of Texas alt-country circles until his 1994 album Gringo Honeymoon.
His music is infused with traditional Americana or roots music sounds, with a touch of sarcastic wit (for an example of this listen to his song "Copenhagen"). His latest release Gravitational Forces is brilliant, especially the song "Walkin' Cane".
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