Robert Earl Keen makes Clearwater debut March 13

Robert Earl Keen makes Clearwater debut March 13

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Robert Earl Keen performs March 13 at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER – Making his Clearwater debut, singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will take the stage Monday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Keen is known for hits such as “The Road Goes On Forever,” “Feelin’ Good Again” and “I Gotta Go.”

Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­­m.

The musician didn’t take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune. 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 after the release of his debut album – with 18 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.

Keen established himself as one of the most interesting, literate and thoughtful singer/songwriters in the Americana genre. He has been inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame and has written songs for music superstars George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith among others.

Once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Whenever Kindness Fails” on his 1993 album “Love and Danger,” the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. The ’90s may have been a boom period for Keen but his momentum hasn’t ebbed a bit since the turn of the century – nor has his pursuit of continued growth as a writer and artist.

“Live Dinner Reunion,” his latest project released in 2016, was a night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the very first recorded live show at the iconic John T. Floores Store in Helotes, Texas. It was a magical night of friends coming together to play music before a sold out crowd of 5,000 fans and celebrate the 20th anniversary of “No. 2 Live Dinner.” Special guests on the album are Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Bruce Robison. Also making special appearances were two former band mates who also played on “No. 2 Live Dinner,” Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson.

“Happy Prisoner” was released in 2015 and was a straight-ahead “love postcard to bluegrass.” This was something Keen had wanted to do for a long time and it was now or never. Keen is ranked Billboard’s No. 2 2015 Bluegrass Artist of the year. His current recording, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions,” charted as 2015’s Top 5 album at Americana Radio and Billboard’s 2015 No. 2 album on the Bluegrass Albums chart.

Keen’s live shows are legendary. He’s one of the top-drawing, true singer-songwriters of our time.

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