Fans heaved a collective sigh when Robert Earl Keen announced last year that he was done touring for good. But fear not: The Houston-born bard is far from finished writing and recording more of the lyrical, good-hearted mischief that he’s become known for over the last four decades. He just needs to chill for a minute—in fact, he would argue that we all do.
His new album, Western Chill, out in April, is a personification of the lifestyle the sixty-seven-year-old Keen is striving for in his new era of life. “‘Western chill,’ to me, means sitting back and watching the sun go down while you’re drinking your favorite cold beer or your favorite cocktail and just watching life,” Keen says. “The album is a casual, comfortable, slow swing. You can just put it on and let it wash over you.”