Robert Earl Keen, 6/21/12

Written by Judd Geralds / Photos by Ian Rawn

July 5, 2012

 

Robert Earl Keen
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
June 21, 2012

 

 

Still reeling from 2011″s Ready for Confetti, Robert Earl Keen and company rolled into Atlanta”s subculture friendly Little 5 Points to play to a Variety Playhouse that was chock-full of the Texas folk hero”s fans.

Due to a significantly late start (doors didn”t open until an hour after tickets stated) opening act and gentleman behind the wicked cover of “House of the Rising Sun” for FX”s Sons of Anarchy, The White Buffalo, played a rushed set that unfortunately did not include the song that caused many to initially take note of him. While this was somewhat of a disappointment, the fact remained that any night Robert Earl Keen is in town, it is his night.

Taking the stage to resounding applause, Keen and crew immediately launched into what would prove to be a career spanning effort that left no wonder in regards to why his flock of fans are so devoted. With each lyric, strum or even glance, Keen”s performance reeked of authenticity. And in spite of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the tunes that made up for the evening”s setlist were very familiar, there was an element of fresh boldness that never once came across as arrogance.

Robert Earl Keen is a rare breed in a country music world (alt or straight up) that has all but completely lost itself to Nashville”s failed promises. He is the real deal and we can only hope the he stays around, out and about for the foreseeable future.

 

Robert Earl Keen Setlist

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