ROBERT EARL KEEN SCORES BIG IN 2015 ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS AND ON THE ROAD
Nashville, Tenn. (December 22, 2015) – Acclaimed Americana Recording Artist and Award-Winning Songwriter Robert Earl Keen received high honors this year for his first-ever bluegrass album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, released in early 2015.
The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. The album’s “Footprints in the Snow” charted at No.2 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs chart and Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions charted as the Top 5 album at Americana Radio. Keen is rounding out the year on Billboard’s 2015 year-end charts with rankings at No. 2 on the Bluegrass Artists chart and No. 2 on the Bluegrass Albums chart for Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions.
Robert Earl Keen is wrapping his 2015 130+ city tour performing before sold out crowds across the country including those at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, Austin City Limits Moody Theater and the legendary Texas Dance Hall, John T. Floore Country Store, where he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the live recording of his #2 Live Dinner album. Keen is currently finishing up his annual crowd-pleasing Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee Holiday Tour featuring the talented singer-songwriter and company playing unique renditions of holiday classics and Keen’s biggest hits including songs from Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions and the iconic track, “Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee.”
Robert Earl Keen has received raves from press for Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions in 2015. Coverage highlights include Texas Monthly July cover with longtime friend and periodic co-writer Lyle Lovett, Good Day LA, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone Country, New York Times, Texas Music magazine, Country Weekly, Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Situation, No Depression and a feature performance on the PBS special, Bluegrass Underground. Robert Earl Keen opens up about his music career, songwriting and more in upcoming issues of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and International Musician Magazine.
ABOUT ROBERT EARL KEEN:
Texas native Robert Earl Keen has been performing music for almost three decades. He has released 19 full-length albums. Over a career that spans more than three decades, Robert Earl Keen has carved out a place in the Lone Star pantheon of incisive, novelistic writers, alongside Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. Rolling Stone has called him a “master storyteller,” and The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote, “Texas seems to breed down-home philosophers, and Mr. Keen is one of the best.” He has the honor of working with music legends like George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, Nanci Griffith and others, and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2015, Robert Earl Keen was recognized as the first recipient of BMI’s official Troubadour Award that honors songwriters for their endless and outstanding song-writing creativity. He also participated in the prestigious “Grammys On The Hill” where he sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony and performed at other events. And, as an active NARAS member, he lobbied US Congress to support musicians’ rights, specifically the “Fair Pay for Fair Play Act”. Keen is currently touring the U.S. performing the songs of his illustrious career and latest best-selling album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions with his long-time stellar band.