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Texas Monthly: Bus Fires, Voodoo Candles, and Rodeo Legends: Inside Robert Earl Keen’s Epic Final Tour

The Texas troubadour’s farewell lap was full of misadventures and unforgettable moments. Kind of like a classic REK song.

Robert Earl Keen was coming home. The Houston-born songwriter was unwinding in the back of his tour bus as it barreled west through Louisiana in the predawn dark of an early-August morning. He and his band had been traveling at a relentless pace since March, crisscrossing the country to perform at arenas, theaters, festivals, and clubs from Santa Cruz, California, to Portland, Maine. Keen was exhausted but feeling good. They’d played well that night, and now they were entering the tour’s last leg—a final run through their home state. For months, they had been plagued by a string of lousy luck, but as Keen started to drift off to sleep, he thought maybe the curse had finally been lifted. That’s when the bus caught fire. 

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Rolling Stone: The Road Goes on Till September: Robert Earl Keen Talks Surprise Retirement

For Robert Earl Keen, the road now goes on until September, when the Texas cult legend will conclude four decades of touring with a final run of shows at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas. His last show will be Sept. 4 — fittingly, the day before Labor Day.

Before then, the wry troubadour will play a feverish final summer tour that’s already proving to be the most in-demand Robert Earl Keen ticket in decades. “I’m experiencing something I haven’t experienced in years,” he says, “which is what to do with all the friends and family I didn’t know I had.”

As Keen winds down his touring operation, he still plans to ramp up activity in just about every other facet of his creative life. 

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Robert Earl Keen taping date for 'Austin City Limits' TV show April 27th

Robert Earl Keen to fill Foo Fighters taping date for 'Austin City Limits' TV show

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen, North Carolina electronica duo Sylvan Esso and Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell will tape episodes of "Austin City Limits" at ACL Live in April and May, the PBS television series announced Friday. 

 Keen, who announced in January that he'll retire from touring later this year, will tape the program on April 27, filling a date that had previously been booked for the Foo Fighters before drummer Taylor Hawkins' death on March 25. This will be Keen's tenth appearance on the show. He also played the show's 40th-anniversary special in 2014 and served as host of the 2019 "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame show.  

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Willie Nelson birthday tribute will feature Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, more

By: Peter Blackstock Published by: Austin 360

Willie Nelson turns 89 on April 29, but the celebration will last for days. In addition to previously announced concerts April 29-30 at the University of Texas' new Moody Center with George Strait, there's now a May 1 event at Willie's Luck TX ranch just west of Austin that will feature host Bruce Robison plus guests including Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard paying tribute to the Texas legend.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via luckpresents.com. Ticket prices have not yet been announced. Joining Robison, Keen and Hubbard on the bill is Vincent Neil Emerson, with more additions to the lineup expected. There's no official word on whether Nelson himself will appear or perform, but he currently has no other concert commitments on May 1.

Nelson previously announced three upcoming performances at Luck, on March 20, March 26 and April 2. Those are in addition to his March 17 Luck Reunion mini-festival, which also will include performances by dozens of artists in town next week for South by Southwest.

More:On the ranch again? Willie Nelson adds three shows at his Luck TX property near Austin

Nelson's new album, "A Beautiful Time," comes out April 29 on Sony Legacy. It features a mix of new original material plus covers including the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song."

Robert Earl Keen: ‘The Goal Is To Have A Real Sweet Send-Off’ [Interview]

February 17, 2022by Lydia Farthing Publish on Musicrow.com

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After 40 years of entertaining his legion of fans across the world, Robert Earl Keen announced in January that he will be retiring from touring this fall. Sharing the news in a heartfelt poem entitled “Time Flies,” the 66-year-old entertainer explained that he was neither sick nor experiencing any “existential crisis” when making the decision to step away from touring. Rather he simply wanted to quit the road while he still loved it. 

"Time Flies" - A message from Robert Earl Keen


You’ve heard people say “Time flies”. It’s a cliché. Funny thing about clichés and what makes them ubiquitous, is they ring true. Jackson Browne has a line in a song that encapsulates a lifetime in the blink of an eye. It’s difficult for me to absorb the concept but, I understand it as a feeling because I feel it more and more with each passing day. BUT, it is easier to say, “time flies”. We all know what that means.

Show Review: Robert Earl Keen And Waylon Payne At Lincoln Theatre 12/6

Robert Earl Keen with Waylon Payne at the Lincoln Theatre on 12/6

After all, this is the man who wrote “Merry Christmas from the Family,” the trailer park classic that manages to incorporate drunk parents, celery, tampons, intolerant in-laws, homemade egg-nog, chain smoking, bean dip and fake snow. The 1994 song is so popular that Keen — always the entrepreneur in addition to being one of the most highly regarded Texas songwriters — has built a mini-industry around it, including an annual holiday tour.


Due to unforeseen personal wellness circumstances, the Robert Earl Keen, Arizona/California tour (Oct. 14-24th) has been canceled. These shows will not be rescheduled. REK’s Mid-Atlantic Tour (Nov. 3-14th) has been postponed and will be rescheduled. An announcement regarding the new dates to follow. 

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in December on REK’s “The Road to Christmas” Tour! 

 Robert Earl Keen