I saw Robert Earl Keen and his band last night. They played their annual Christmas show in Corpus Christi to a sold out crowd at Brewster Street Ice House. Robert was in fine voice and the band was cooking. My Christmas wouldn't be complete without hearing Merry Christmas to the Family live.
Last night, I was particularly impressed with the playing of Marty Muse on steel guitar. I don't know if it was the sound from the exclusive VIP seating at the venue, but the steel was up front in the mix and it added a lot on many of the songs. Marty's playing is always tasty, but he seemed particularly inspired last night
Highlights of the show included Robert's version of Flyin' Shoes, which is one of my favorite Townes Van Zandt songs. Robert covered Snowin' On Raton, another Townes' classic, on his album Gravitational Forces. I think he has a real feel for Van Zandt material and should consider recording Flyin' Shoes as well.
Robert also played his great interpretation of Tangled Up In Blue. I know the band likes Bob and I always like to hear them play this song. The crowd responded enthusiastically to this Dylan classic.
In addition to many of his well known songs, Robert also played a couple of his new songs, which were well received by the crowd. I am looking forward to hearing them on the new album soon.
Robert is playing several dates before the end of the year. If you have the chance, you should catch a show:
- House of Blues Houston Dec 28
- House of Blues Dallas Dec 29
- Bass Hall Ft Worth Dec 30
- Gruene Hall New Braunfels Dec 31