Alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Thursday, Jan. 8, bringing his trademark “Texas-sized” music and the 0th Anniversary “Road Goes On Forever” tour.
The show promises to include fan favorites, “Five Pound Bass,” “Gringo Honeymoon,” “No Kinda Dancer,” “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Merry Christmas From the Family.”
Keen is said to write about the West from his soul, blending the fugitive spirit with a taqueria reality. He has forged a line between wry literary delicacy and fiery roadhouse fervor, the latter which has earned him the reputation as a “yee-haw party boy.”
To illustrate the point, he got his start playing country music on his front porch with Lyle Lovett — wearing nothing but underwear, much to the astonishment of churchgoers across the street from Keen’s house. The pastime yielded the co-written “This Old Porch,” recorded by both Keen and Lovett.
Keen has mastered telling tales in song, both entertaining audiences and evoking emotions, usually at the same time. His songs chronicle the hard-knock lives of barflies and wanderers, his questionable kinfolk and conflicted lovers. View one of Keen’s many performances on “Austin City Limits” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RArZGbD9k-M.
Tickets for Robert Earl Keen — $27 for Balcony and Orchestra and $35 for Plaza — are available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6 p.m.
The Community Concert Hall is located in the growing arts complex of Fort Lewis College. It operates through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as the city of Durango, and with financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.