Robert Earl Keenís Heart for the Hill Country Youth Orchestra

Robert Earl Keen finds himself at a singular point in the life and career of a performer. Robert stands poised to assume the position of the Dean of Texas Songwriters, making the leap from cult performer to becoming a genuine legend of Americana and Texas Music. A lifetime of song-smithing has produced an extensive and extraordinary catalog of work that defies stereotype and extends from humor to nostalgia to acutely perceptive commentary on the human condition from his uniquely incisive and intelligent (and very Texan) perspective. Robert is at heart a storyteller. His compositions embody a legacy to the craft of Texas songwriting.

It will not represent his entire contribution to American music, however. Robert Earl Keen is the prime supporter of music education in central Texas as benefactor to the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. According to Robert, his daughter wanted to play violin and the Youth Orchestra was the only place around the Kerrville area where it was available. One day he walked by the classroom and was startled to find the students working on a classical piece.

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