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No Kinda Dancer

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Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen, Jr., is joined by a couple of compatriots on No Kinda Dancer, co-writing "The Front Porch Song" with Lyle Lovett and "Swervin' in My Lane" with Nanci Griffith. (Griffith provides a countermelody lyric that she obligingly sings herself.) These partnerships are appropriate, since Keen has something of Griffith's close sense of observation of Texas people and scenery, and something of Lovett's off-kilter sense of humor. Most of the arrangements employ bluegrass instrumentation, over which Keen sings in a sonorous tenor, revealing himself as an unreliable narrator who is well meaning, but susceptible to drink and wayward behavior. That narrator interacts with some other colorful characters who are sometimes funny and sometimes touching, making for a unique world-view that is also identifiably Texas-oriented. The 2004 reissue on KOCH includes three more appropriate additions, among them "The Coldest Day of Winter," a love story ending in romantic death, and "The Vacuum Cleaner Song," an absurd set of reflections on life, furniture, and cleaning instruments.

Biografie

Geboren: 11. Januar 1956 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Jahre aktiv: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in Texas in the 1980s and '90s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits ("Corpus Christi Bay") and raucous barroom fun ("That Buckin' Song"). These two song types in Keen's output were unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Keen, the son of an oil executive father and an attorney mother, was a native...
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