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DeltaTigerDelta
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Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement

says that after September 2022 he’ll no longer tour or give public performances. The beloved Texas singer-songwriter announced his retirement on Friday with a heartfelt if surprising note on his website.
“I [have] been blessed with a lifetime of brilliant, talented, colorful, electric and magical folks throughout my life,” Keen wrote. “This chorus of joy, this parade of passion, this bullrush of creativity, this colony of kindness and generosity are foremost in my thoughts TODAY.”
Keen, 66, plans to continue playing numerous shows up through Sept. 4, when he will wrap things up with multiple performances at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas.
In his letter, Keen pointed out that his decision to retire had nothing to do with health issues: “I’m a strong believer in clarity and truth. As much as I love what I do, it’s more important that I do it well or not at all. I’m not sick or experiencing any existential crisis. I feel that making a decision and quitting the road while I still love it, is the way I want to leave it. I’ve witnessed first hand the alternative and promised myself I would go out feeling all the love for music and performing the same way I entered — with passion and enthusiasm.” LINK


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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
Sherry was a waitress


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PillPusher
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
Apparently the road doesn’t go on forever.


DeltaTigerDelta
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
He is ready for confetti


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Zappas Stache
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
Give Him 2 or 3 years and he'll be back. The last 2 years have been frustrating for musicians and he is over it for now


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AmosMosesAndTwins
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Me I'm just the same lost in a crowd
Lookin' for the rain in a thunder cloud


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tigeroarz1
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I just saw him play one of his Christmas shows. Honestly he was the most upbeat and funny as I’ve ever seen him. This is surprising but good for him if just wants to chillax. Glad I went to the concert.


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
The party does, indeed, end


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TFTC
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
This old porch is just a long time waiting and forgetting
And remembering the coming back, not crying 'bout the leaving
And remembering the falling down
And the laughter and the curse of luck
From all them sons-of-bitches, who said we'd never get back up


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Just something that he do


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
REK only used his guns when kindness failed, and I respect that.


WeagleEagle
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
I looked across the room
And saw you standin' on the stair
And when I caught your eye
I saw you break into a grin
It feels so good feelin' good again

One of my favorite songs of his. I’ve listened to him for the last 25 years. I now regret I never got to see him live. He will be rocking at the deer camp for the next few days and for years to come.


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Flair Chops
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
quote:

This old porch is just a long time waiting and forgetting
And remembering the coming back, not crying 'bout the leaving
And remembering the falling down
And the laughter and the curse of luck
From all them sons-of-bitches, who said we'd never get back up
That is pure poetry right there. Which that whole song is.

The Brazos still runs muddy, like she's run all along
There aint never been no cane to grind, the cotton's all but gone


TFTC
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
I saw him in the mid 90s at Billy Bob's (FTW??)... I was so out of my element with that venue/crowd, but I had a fun time and he put on a great show!


Dueces
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
When I was a young man
The only things
that got me goin' were
Gettin' high and chasin' love
Lyin' down beside my girl
On the banks of the river
With nothin' but some mustang wine
And all the stars above


It's a twistin' turnin' windin' road
I get lost and broken down
I'm a stumbler and it won't be long
'Till stumble back around


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G2160
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re: Robert Earl Keen Announces Surprise Retirement
…sing the Presbyterians a little gospel music. Give them something to talk about on their way luby’s.
This post was edited on 1/16 at 8:35 am


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madmaxvol
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First time seeing him was around 1994. I've seen him 5 or 6 times since then. Saw him a little over a month ago, and I'm glad I was able to. I would have hated to miss that show, then hear this.


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