ROBERT EARL KEEN – THE ROSE HOTEL


The first time I ever heard anything referred to as Texas Country it was a song from Robert Earl Keen. That song, unlike many people’s first REK exposure (The Road Goes on Forever), was Corpus Christi Bay. My younger brother played it for me one evening and I was hooked. I speedily acquired REK’s catalog and branched out into other Texas Country artists like Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers just to name a few. I love the Texas Country scene and especially The Firehouse Saloon here in Houston. When I finally got into the music REK was too big a name to be playing the dives I tend to hang out in so I rarely see him play and yet he his music holds a special place in my heart. It may be that he was the first artist in a new genre that I heard but it is more likely that he is just an amazing singer/songwriter.

After a four year hiatus we finally have a new release from Robert Earl Keen. The Rose Hotel may be standard Robert Earl Keen but that doesn’t mean there is anything standard about the album. You see standard Robert Earl Keen is a cut above the rest even when it comes to Texas Country. I have been listening to this thing for two days now and haven’t found a single song I didn’t like. From the opening strokes of The Rose Hotel to the closing chords of Wireless in Heaven this is a solid album. Toss in some a Townes Van Zandt cover Flying Shoes and Billy Bob Thorton doing vocals on 10,000 Chinese Walk Into A Bar and you end up with something great. Fifteen albums into his career Robert Earl Keen proves once again that there is no mold that fits him and that suits us just fine.

If you aren’t already a Robert Earl Keen fan you should be. Give the 9b selections a listen and go get yourself REK’d…

Robert Earl Keen – The Rose Hotel
Robert Earl Keen – Throwin’ Rocks
Robert Earl Keen – The Man Behind The Drums

Robert Earl Keen’s Official Website, Robert Earl Keen on myspace, Buy The Rose Hotel

13 thoughts on “ROBERT EARL KEEN – THE ROSE HOTEL”

  1. Just to throw another “Texas Country” act out there that seems to get overlooked check out Reckless Kelly, and the Charlie Robison (a must)and Josh Abbott band, and you wont be dissapointed. Cheers!

  2. Reckless Kelly rocks as does the singer’s brother’s band. I love me some Charlie Robison but haven’t heard of Josh Abbot and will go look him up. I also dig The Jackson Taylor Band, Max Stalling, Roger Creager, Stoney LaRue, Dub Miller, and a lot more. I am going to start an intro to TX/Red Dirt music series soon and we’ll see how that turns out. 🙂

  3. Undone, the REK tribute album is pretty awesome. Chris Knight gets the honors for the title track. Would love to hear a Red Dirt primer. Cross Canadian Ragweed is my guilty pleasure.

  4. Been a fan of REK ever since “The Road Goes On Forever” – best story-song ever written!

    1. Hey REK is releasing a new album on August 30th
      Ready for Confetti
      Check out the web site
      http://www.robertearlkeen.com
      Keep up with the site it will be changing every week as it gets closer to the release date showing more stuff even sneek peaks of the album

      Be Ready For Confetti

  5. I’ve been an REK fan ever since I heard “Road Goes on Forever” for the first time in 1996. He’s awesome and a really good guy as well if you ever have the chance to meet him.

    I’ve seen him a dozen times and the best show is always his December 30 (“New Year’s Eve Eve”) show at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth, TX. I’ve been every year since ’05 and it’s amazing. Doesn’t get much better than REK.

    Another Texas artist that I really like is Jack Ingram but you have to check out his earlier stuff (the more recent songs are a little too “Nashvilly” for me). “Biloxi” is his best song IMO. If you listen to one of his songs do yourself a favor and make it that one.

    RSV, glad to see you bringing this stuff to 9b. The Texas/Red Dirt scene has some really good acts that I think a lot of people that read 9b will like.

    1. Hey REK is releasing a new album on August 30th
      Ready for Confetti
      Check out the web site
      http://www.robertearlkeen.com
      Keep up with the site it will be changing every week as it gets closer to the release date showing more stuff even sneek peaks of the album

      Be Ready For Confetti

  6. You summed up REK pretty good. I’ll add that Picnic is my favorite record of his, but they’re all outstanding. Thanks for posting songs from the new album.

  7. I’ve been listening to that Charlie Robison song “Racing in the Streets” nearly every day for over a month now.

  8. Charlie is the man..one of my all time favorites! Hope you enjoyed Josh Ab btw Sid. Have a great weekend all..

  9. I live in San Antonio and we have a great radio station that specializes in Texas country music and you can stream it live online.

    http://925theoutlaw.com/main.html

    Don’t pay attention to how the website looks. It’s an offshoot of the big mainstream country station here so it looks lame. Just stream it. Whoever programs the Outlaw is a genius. You can only pick up the actual station broadcast in the city limits here. I guarantee Ninebullets fans will love the station. Just stream it and thank cheesy country music for making so much money for KJ97 that they can have a station that only plays good music. They also play Drive By Truckers and other real country music. “If Kevin Chesney ever writes a good song we’ll play it.” is one of their station bumpers.

    http://925theoutlaw.com/main.html

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