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A former newspaper writer and English major from Texas A&M, Robert Earl Keen turned his talents to songwriting in the early ‘80s. After gigging around Austin for a few years he released No Kinda Dancer, his debut LP for the bluegrass label Sugar Hill. Keen learned his craft from a cadre of elder Texas songwriters like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Terry Allen, who merged the simple delivery of folk music with outlandish imagery and abnormal visions of Lone Star culture. Thankfully, No Kinda Dancer doesn’t fall victim to the cynicism and machismo that often plagued the music of the aforementioned artists. Keen can tell a hard-bitten tale and he uses his reedy, rusty voice to great effect, but his songs are marked by sweetness and vulnerability. “No Kinda Dancer” and “Song for Kathy” offer heartfelt gratitude to giving women. Keen is Texan through and through — just check out the anthemic “Front Porch Song,” co-written with Keen’s neighbor Lyle Lovett — but No Kinda Dancer offers a new template for the dusty troubadour.

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No Kinda Dancer

This is the spawn of Jerry Jeff and Bruce Springsteen. Folk Rock Texas-Style. If Mahoney says he's good you better believe it. It pays to not suck. Emote! Swing. Drawl. Grok! Read Rolling Stone. Hunter listened, got drunk, and prowled his neighborhood half nude and freezing. With a huge six-gun and sticks of dynamite,yet. But seriously,folks...Keen stuff don't go wrong. Rip on. Killer road trip sound. We are CRAZY about it!

No Kinda Dancer

Sooooo Sweet


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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