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Robert Earl Keen Reveals More 2018 Tour Dates

Robert Earl Keen has confirmed more tour dates for 2018 that will include the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, six shows with Willie Nelson, and a number of music festivals across the United States.

Earlier this month, Keen was named the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University, the highest honor bestowed upon former student. Awarded since 1962, only 276 alumni have been recognized with the award. Keen graduated from the university in 1978. Keen and Lyle Lovett, who have been friends since they met at Texas A&M, performed for five former U.S. presidents at the university in October for a benefit concert that raised $2.6 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Keen’s next show will take place on Friday, March 23, in Midland, Texas. He will return to Texas throughout the year for concerts in New Braunfels, Houston, Corpus Christi, Waco, and Lubbock.

One of the pioneers of the live music scene in Texas, Robert Earl Keen is the inaugural recipient of BMI’s Troubadour Award, which honors songwriters for their endless and outstanding songwriting creativity. The Houston native has been recording for more than three decades, beginning with 1984’s seminal album, No Kinda Dancer. His signature song, “The Road Goes on Forever,” was the title track for a 1995 album by The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson).

Keen has participated in the prestigious Grammys on the Hill event, where he sang the national anthem and lobbied Congress to support musicians’ rights, specifically the Fair Pay for Fair Play Act. In 2015, Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. Following the 2016 double album, Live Dinner Reunion, Keen expanded his Merry Christmas from the Family Tour to 19 cities in 2017. Earlier this year, he toured the West Coast with Lyle Lovett. Keen and Lovett will reunite in December as a special guest of George Strait for two shows in Las Vegas.

March 23: Midland, Texas (Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center)
March 24: Alto, New Mexico (Spencer Theater)
April 7: Nashville, Tennessee (Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival)
April 11: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)*
April 12: Minneapolis, Minnesota (Varsity Theater)
April 13: Dubuque, Iowa (Five Flags Center)*
April 15: Cape Girardeau, Missouri (Show Me Center)*
April 20-21: New Braunfels, Texas (Whitewater Amphitheater)**
April 22: Houston, Texas (The Great Texas BBQ Festival)
April 26: Wilkesboro, North Carolina (MerleFest)
April 28: Corpus Christi, Texas (Rodeo Corpus Christi)
May 9-13: Key West, Florida (Key West Songwriters Festival)
June 9: Waco, Texas (Central Texas Cattle Baron’s Ball)
June 15: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Cain’s Ballroom)
June 16: Lacygne, Kansas (Tumbleweed Music Festival)
June 19: Alexandria, Virginia (The Birchmere Music Hall)
June 21: South Burlington, Vermont (Higher Ground Ballroom)
June 23: Norfolk, Connecticut (Infinity Hall)
July 15: Greenfield, Massachusetts (Green River Festival)
July 28: Lubbock, Texas (Cattle Baron’s Ball of Lubbock)
Dec. 7-8: Las Vegas, Nevada (T-Mobile Arena)***

* with Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Brandy Clark
** with Willie Nelson
*** with Lyle Lovett supporting George Strait

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