Sunday, June 13, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Robert Earl Keen
Song:The Road Goes On Forever
Album:The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know From The Times You Can't Remember
Robert Earl Keen is one of several singer songwriters who emerged from Texas in the late 80s. I guess he could be described as a country artist because that's where he has been successful. Of course it's not that simple. The Road Goes On Forever is one of his signature songs. He was born Jan. 11, 1956 in Houston and started writing poetry as a teen and majored in English at Texas A & M University. Lyle Lovett was a neighbour at the time and taught Keen to play guitar. After graduating in 1980, he wrote for a newspaper and started performing in clubs. He self financed the 1984 EP No Kinda Dancer and moved to Nashville to get a record contract. But that didn't go well and he moved back to Austin. He signed with Sugar Hill Records and The Road Goes on Forever was on his 1989 debut CD West Textures. He made a few more CDs for Sugar Hill and those recordings are covered on this comp. He has also recorded for Arista and has done DVDs for Koch Records. Keen currently records for Lost Highway Records and his latest CD Rose Hotel was released in Sept. 2009. Those who are fans of alt country or roots music should check out Robert Earl Keen. Here's Robert Earl Keen performing The Road Goes On Forever at the 2008 NCAA Final Four March 2008.