Some of you may not be as familiar with handsome Texas country superstar Robert Earl Keen, but if you’re a college student at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor or TCU, then you recognize this man as a god. If you aren’t a Texas college student, you still likely know one or two of his songs and not even realize they’re his!
That holiday favorite, “Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee,” covered by both the Dixie Chicks and Montgomery Gentry, was written by Robert, as was that hilariously tongue-in-cheek track on Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury album, “That Bucking Song.”
The Houston native with the effortless voice, raspy twang and prolific pen has inspired and influenced an entire generation of Lone Star poets, including popular Texas favorites like Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers, in the 30-plus years that he has been releasing music. He tapped into some of those relationships when it came time to put together his new album, “Live Dinner Reunion,” recorded at the iconic Floores Country Store in Helotes, Texas.
As the name implies, the collection is a nod back to his most popular and best-selling album, “No. 2 Live Dinner,” which came out 20 years ago, but also includes live versions of tracks from his most recent studio album, “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions.” Special guests include both Cory and Cody, as well as Bruce Robison, Cody Braun, Joey Ely and Robert’s longtime pal and tour partner, Lyle Lovett. In fact, the pair reunited for fan favorite “T for Texas.”
Live Dinner Reunion is out Nov. 18 and lucky folks in Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee will get to see Robert Earl Keen during his Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee Tour, starting Dec. 8 and wrapping Dec. 30.
Y’all get ready, you’ll want to sing along!