Robert Earl Keen Announces His Retirement
Robert Earl Keen says that after September 2022 he’ll not tour or give public performances. The beloved Texas singer-songwriter introduced his retirement on Friday with a heartfelt if stunning observe on his web site.
“I [have] been blessed with a lifetime of sensible, gifted, colourful, electrical and magical of us all through my life,” Keen wrote. “This refrain of pleasure, this parade of ardour, this bullrush of creativity, this colony of kindness and generosity are foremost in my ideas TODAY.”
Keen, 66, plans to proceed enjoying quite a few reveals up via Sept. 4, when he’ll wrap issues up with a number of performances at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas. After that, he notes, he plans to proceed writing songs and interviewing visitors for his Americana podcast. Additionally, Keen will host a fan-appreciation social gathering on Sept. 5, the small print for which have but to be introduced.
In his letter, Keen identified that his resolution to retire had nothing to do with well being points: “I’m a robust believer in readability and reality. As a lot as I like what I do, it’s extra necessary that I do it effectively or under no circumstances. I’m not sick or experiencing any existential disaster. I really feel that making a call and quitting the highway whereas I nonetheless like it, is the best way I wish to depart it. I’ve witnessed first hand the choice and promised myself I might exit feeling all of the love for music and performing the identical approach I entered — with ardour and enthusiasm.”
A local of Houston, Keen grew to become one of many main lights of Austin’s singer-songwriter scene within the late Seventies and Eighties, constructing a loyal following on the energy of his songwriting and stay performances. Among these compositions are gems like “The Front Porch Song,” which he wrote along with his onetime roommate Lyle Lovett, and his signature quantity “The Road Goes on Forever,” recorded for 1989’s West Textures on Sugar Hill Records.
Keen has frequently launched new recordings, with 12 studio albums and 7 stay albums to his credit score. His most up-to-date studio undertaking, 2015’s Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, featured him tackling requirements like “Long Black Veil” and even masking Richard Thompson’s “52 Vincent Black Lightning.”
Though by no means precisely a mainstream nation star, Keen appeared content material with the quantity of fame he had attained over time.
“I’m at the perfect degree of celeb on the planet. I can go wherever I wish to and no person ever actually acknowledges me until I speak,” he advised Rolling Stone. “It’s what my spouse calls ‘enjoying the Earl card.’ I am going, ‘Hi, I’m Robert Keen,’ and [people] go, ‘Oh, OK, good to see you.’ Then I say, ‘Robert Earl Keen,’ they usually go, ‘Oh!’”
Earl concluded his letter with a nod to his most well-known track. “Although it may not be obvious right here,” he wrote, “I promise, The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends.”