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10/15/2015

Robert Earl Keen at Bluegrass Underground

Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
 
Robert Earl Keen closed the evening with a set of bluegrass standards mixed with REK standards done bluegrass style. Keen is the first to admit he doesn’t have the vocal chops of the great Peter Rowan, who guests on his all-bluegrass record Happy Prisoner. But Keen transformed bluegrass evergreens like “Footprints in the Snow” and the Hot Rize classic “99 Years (and One Dark Day)” into Robert Earl Keen songs. And when he did his own material, including his anthemic “The Road Goes On Forever,” he made them sound brand new, and the crowd nearly took the roof off the Volcano Room.