Making his Clearwater debut, the Capitol Theatre presents singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, known for hits like The Road Goes On Forever, Feelin’ Good Again and I Gotta Go, on Monday, March 13 at 7:30 pm. Robert Earl Keen didn’t take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune but from the get-go Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible. Now, three-decades after the release of his debut album – with 18 other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead – Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever.
Once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both The Road Goes on Forever and Whenever Kindness Fails on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. The ’90s may have been a boom period for Keen but his momentum hasn’t ebbed a bit since the turn of the century – nor has his pursuit of continued growth as a writer and artist. His latest project released in 2016, Live Dinner Reunion, was a night celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the very first recorded live show at the iconic John T. Floores Store in Helotes, TX. It was a magical night of friends coming together to play music before a sold out crowd of 5000 fans and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of No.2 Live Dinner. Special guests on the album are Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Bruce Robison. Also making special appearances were two former band mates who also played on No.2 Live, Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson.
Happy Prisoner was released in 2015 and was a straight -ahead “love postcard to bluegrass.” This was something Keen had wanted to do for a long time and it was now or never. Keen is ranked Billboard’s #2 2015 Bluegrass Artist of the year. His current recording, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, charted as 2015s Top 5 album at Americana Radio and Billboard’s 2015 #2 album on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Tickets are available by calling 727.791.7400. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.AtTheCap.com