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You should be listening to Bruce Robison!

Bruce Robison is the country hit maker of the country music stars.  You may be more familiar with Bruce than you might realize, as his songs have been covered by several high profile country artists, The Dixie Chicks covered “Travelin’ Soldier”, Tim McGraw and his lovely, blushing bride Faith Hill covered “Angry All the Time”, and George (all my songs are hits) Strait covered “Wrapped”.  All of the songs went to No. 1 on the country chart. 

Robison is a singer/songwriter from Bandera, Texas who is married to singer/songwriter Kelly Willis and brother of Charlie Robison who is a diesel mechanic, what, no that’s not right, oh, he too is a singer songwriter.  There must be something in the water in lovely Bandera, Texas because Robert Earl Keen lived in Bandera when he released his debut album “No Kind of Dancer”

Bruce Robison Discography:

  • Bruce Robison
  • Wrapped
  • Long Way From Anywhere
  • Country Sunshine
  • Eleven Stories
  • It Came From San Antonio
  • The New World
  • His Greatest
  • From the Top

Top 5 Bruce Robison Songs:

  1. My Brother and Me (Wrapped)
  2. Angry All the Time (Wrapped)
  3. Travelin’ Soldier (Long Way Home From Anywhere)
  4. What Would Willie Do (Country Sunshine)
  5. Tennessee Jed (Eleven Stories)

Robison’s songwriting is reflective and moving and is the force behind all of his albums.  His singing is warm and capable but not always enough to carry the greatness of his lyrics.  It is not surprising that his songs that have reached No. 1 have been sung by others.

Bruce and I have quite a bit in common.  He writes and sings great songs, I write about singers of great songs, He has four children, I have four children, he has twins, and I have twins.  He is a talented in demand writer with a successful music careers, and well, that, my dear readers, is where it ends. 

Check out Bruce Robison at www.brucerobison.com.

Bruce Robison’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.brucerobison.com.

Great music waits!


You should be listening to Robert Earl Keen!

Robert Earl Keen is a Texas born singer/songwriter who has built a cult following of both fans and musicians alike.  He is a better writer than singer but that is not meant to damn with faint praise.  After all, he was journalism major in college.  Many of the musicians from in and around Texas credit Keen with being the grandfather of the Texas music scene.

In 1984 Keen self financed the release of his debut album No Kind of Dancer features The Front Porch Song, which he wrote in college with Lyle Lovett. In 1986 he made the trek to Nashville but was unable to score a recording deal.  In 1989, Keen released his national debut West Textures contains his now signature song, The Road Goes On Forever.  With the release of 1993’s A Bigger Piece of Sky, Keen gained a larger fan base and some critical acclaim which in large part can be attributed to his rigorous touring schedule of almost 200 dates per year that he kept up in the 90’s.

Keen’s music is bathed in humor, the hills and landscape of Texas as well as the cast of characters he has met along the way.  His 1994 album Gringo Honeymoon has Keen covering the great Steve Earle’s Tom Ames’ Prayer.  His 1997 release Picnic features the duet Then Came Lo Mein with Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins as well as his cover of James McMurtry’s Levelland

Robert Earl Keen Discography:

  • No Kind of Dancer
  • The Live Album
  • West Textures
  • A Bigger Piece of Sky
  • Gringo Honeymoon
  • No. 2 Live Diner
  • Picnic
  • Walking Distance
  • Gravitational Forces
  • Farm Fresh Onions
  • The Party Never Ends
  • Live from Austin
  • What I Really Mean
  • Live at the Ryman
  • Best
  • Marfa After Dark
  • The Rose Hotel

Top Five Robert Earl Keen Songs:

  1. Mariano (West Textures)
  2. Lynnville Train (Gringo Honeymoon)
  3. Rolling By (No Kind of Dancer)
  4. Shades of Grey (Picnic)
  5. Road to No Return/Carolina, New Life in Old Mexico, Still Without You (Walking Distance)  This is actually a trilogy(Tracks 7-9) of songs and perhaps the finest work he has ever done

Keen began an annual music fest, Texas Uprising that showcased local talent and took place in a variety of locations around Texas.  I believe that this, in addition to his great music, is why so many of the bands that have been lumped in the Texas music scene feel such reverence for Keen and his music. 

Check out Robert Earl Keen at www.robertearlkeen.com

Robert Earl Keen’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.robertearlkeen.com.

Great music awaits!