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Robert Earl Keen on Austin City Limits

This is a behind the scenes video of day's events leading up to the ACL taping of Robert Earl Keen. Clips of the load-in, stage set up, rehearsal, pre-show, and on stage are all put together to give an idea of what goes on before a taping at studio 6A.

Robert Earl Keen

From the ACL taping program on August 4, 2010:

Making a name for himself back in 1984 with his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, Texas native Robert Earl Keen is now regarded as one of the most highly venerated country music veterans of the past 20 years.

Born in Houston, Keen grew up listening to folk and country music in his home and created his own music that pleasurably combined both genres. Keen lays it down on the Austin City Limits stage with his well-known sound that blends “acoustic folk balladry and raucous barroom country” (NPR World Cafe).

Keen learned to play guitar while studying journalism at Texas A&M. During these years, he formed a lasting friendship with Lyle Lovett, and they eventually co-wrote the song “This Old Porch” together. After releasing his first album to a welcoming Austin audience, Keen went to Nashville in the mid-80s to try his hand at the Tennessee country music scene. Yearning for the Texas landscapes and residents that had provided him with unending creative inspiration for so many years, Keen returned to Austin soon thereafter.

In his most recent album The Rose Hotel, Keen performs songs ranging from a “spun-out story tune that looks at a pair of lovers who can never quite connect as they think they're meant to, fueled by a shuffling rhythm, mandolins, Bukka Allen's accordion, and some electric guitars for support” (Billboard). Keen’s mastery of the guitar has earned him critical acclaim worldwide, but USA Today sums up his talent best, stating that, “top-notch tune-smiths are as plentiful as tumbleweed in Texas, and American veteran Robert Earl Keen is the best.

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Austin City Limits - behind the scenes

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Great music. No limits. Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, ACL is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence. Austin City Limits: austincitylimits.org

The program is taped live by PBS member station KLRU at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas.

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