Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Last night I saw alternative-country singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen at The National in Richmond. I wasn't very familiar with his music even though my dad and sister are fans. Despite not knowing any songs, it was still a fun show. Keen sauntered out onto the stage in what appeared to be a forest ranger's outfit.
Texas-born Keen has a unique and pleasant voice, and is renown for his song-writing. There was a mixed crowd from frat boys to drunk oldsters. Keen threw in a holiday tune in the form of his funny Christmas song 'Merry Christmas From the Family.' The lady sitting behind us kept trying to kiss our cheeks and tell us 'Merry Christmas' in a drunken slur.
Most of the crowd seemed to know the words to every song as they sang loudly and danced. I thought that Ryan Adams earlier albums may be channeling Keen's style. Charlottesville, VA-band Sons of Bill was the opener.