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Robert Earl Keen on way to Parker Playhouse

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, who staked an early claim on the territory that later became known as Americana, will perform March 14 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse.

Tickets for the show cost $37.50-$57.50 and are on sale now at

Keen came up 30 years ago in the fertile Texas singer-songwriter community populated by Lyle Lovett (his old college roommate), Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and Lucinda Williams, and his early hit “The Road Goes On Forever,” part of it set in South Florida, remains a model of literate country-folk storytelling.

In November, Keen released “Live Dinner Reunion,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album recorded at the storied John T. Floore Country Store outside San Antonio. The night of song and friendship reflected on “Live Dinner Reunion” included performances by Lovett, Ely, Bruce Robison, Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly) and many others.

According to his reps, Keen, always a witty stage presence (see “Copenhagen” and “Merry Christmas From the Family”),  is preparing to release a new album of “shortened and spiced-up songs for music lovers with little time and therefore an abbreviated attention span.” None is longer than 90 seconds.

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