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Robert Earl Keen’s second concert album captures the Kerrville, TX-based songwriter in his element. Recorded over a hot August night in 1995, No. 2 Live Dinner isn’t only a record of one of the state’s great unsung performers — it also captures the atmosphere of the modern Texas honky tonk. The key track might actually be Keen’s spoken introduction to “The Road Goes On Forever,” in which he relates the tale of his car getting torched and his girlfriend getting stolen while visiting Willie Nelson’s Annual 4th of July Picnic in 1974. The crowd cheers Keen and boos the story’s villains, and by the time Keen and his band launch into “The Road Goes On Forever” the entire room is united in a raucous celebration of life’s vagaries. Keen’s band is on fire throughout the album, from the Western Swing of “I’m Going to Town” to the sing-along R&B of “Dreadful Selfish Crime.” As a performer, he always maintains a sense of humor about himself, which makes his passion that much more impactful. The audience is encouraged to laugh along and let go and live it up, which is what gives No. 2 Live Dinner an authenticated feeling of a full night at the local roadhouse.

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It is difficult to overstate the greatness of this album. Other than perhaps Johnny Cash's prison albums, this is the greatest live album I have ever heard. Where Cash had the intriguing element of the truly captive audience to add to the album's flavor, this album does it solely on the music. I'm not from Texas, not from the South, not even a huge country fan, but I am a huge REK fan because of this album. This transcends country music, transcends even the hallowed yet overrated genre of "Texas Country." This is American music at its finest. If someone from France or Canada ever asks you what the hell it is that Americans do well, hand that person this album. You need say nothing more.

One of the best live albums ever!

If you like true songwriters this is the album for you. REK is witty, honest and very talented. Some of his studio recordings don't expose you to all that he can do, but this live album does his ability justice. If you are a Texan far from home this album makes you yearn for home.

One of the Best Live Albums I Ever Bought

This is far and away some of REK's finest live work. I have evry live album he has ever done and have seen him live at least 10 times. This totally captures him at his best!


Born: January 11, 1956 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '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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