Robert Earl Keen
Growing up in Houston, Texas, graduating from Sharpstown High School in 1974, Robert Earl Keen attended Texas A&M University, where he majored in English. In 1980, Keen graduated from Texas A&M and moved to Austin, Texas. Soon he was performing in Austin's nightclubs and live music venues, building a solid following. In 1984 he financed the recording of his first EP No Kinda Dancer and distributed it regionally. In 1986, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Discouraged by the polish of the new country sound and unable to land a recording contract, Keen moved back to Austin. In 1989, Robert Earl Keen released his national debut album, West Textures. His 1993 release, A Bigger Piece Of Sky, gained wider acclaim, both amongst fans and critics. Keen's song "The Road Goes On Forever" has been recorded by many different artists including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson when all four artists played together as The Highwaymen.
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