ROBERT EARL KEEN officially retired from touring in late 2022, but he’s still busy creating music. The Texas singer-songwriter will release his new album Western Chill via his own Scriptorium Rex label on April 14, with a whole batch of extra goodies to accompany it.
The album’s title track is fittingly laid back, a 6/8-time stroll that mixes a little jazzy melodicism in with its country swing. “It’s easy to be somebody, but it’s hard to disappear/Let’s face it everybody, sometimes you just want to be by yourself,” Keen sings, switching between spoken and sung lines as he drops witty couplets by the dozen.
Western Chill the album is just one piece of the puzzle for Keen’s latest project. The record is available as a boxed set that will include a vinyl copy, a DVD of Keen and his band performing the entire recording, a Western Chill songbook, and a 92-page full-color graphic novel. A release notes that there will not be an option to download or stream the album for now.