Bluegrass familiar turf for Texas' Robert Earl Keen; plays The Met this week

Robert Earl Keen is part of a great tradition of smart Texas singer/songwriters, such as Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, Steve Earle, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Jerry Jeff Walker.
Keen's songs tend to tell stories. Sad stories, funny stories, sometimes sad and funny at the same time.
"I appreciate a narrative, more than just an emotional outpouring in a song," Keen said in a phone interview. "It helps me write. I like the thought that there's a character, and a setting, and he goes somewhere and there's something that happens.
"Keen said he's been slowly working on a novel."I love great writers," he said, mentioning Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy. "But I have a little more trouble connecting the dots in prose, without the music to keep me going."