03 March 2009

Tunes on Tuesday - Robert Earl Keen - Gringo Honeymoon

I first saw Robert Earl Keen in Lubbock, Texas in 1993 at the Depot Warehouse. A Texas Tech student named Pat Green opened for him. Maybe you've heard of him? I even met Pat that night....he greeted us at the door. The show was great! REK became one of my favorite singer/songwriters at that moment. I don't know, maybe I got caught up in the the entire crowd belting out "The Road Goes On Forever", a song I wasn't real familiar with up until that point that made me want to jump on the REK wagon. I bought up a few older CDs and became a fan. In 1994 REK released Gringo Honeymoon. I burned a hole through that CD as it became a staple of my late college years. The title track is about venturing over the Rio Grande down near Big Bend to find solitude and love. Go get this album if it's not in your collection.

Here is the track list:

"Think It Over One Time" – 3:50
"Tom Ames' Prayer" (Steve Earle) – 3:23
"Gringo Honeymoon" – 5:19
"The Raven And The Coyote" – 5:12
"Lonely Feeling" – 8:30
"Merry Christmas from the Family" – 4:45
"Barbeque" – 4:41
"Lynnville Train" (Robert Earl Keen, LeRoy Preston) – 5:03
"I'm Comin' Home" – 3:47
"Dreadful Selfish Crime" – 7:34


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  2. Saw Gary P. Nunn in 1993 performing for Texas History Teachers at a private concert at Flores Country Store.

    Saw REK at the Bryan Texas Opera House in 1995. He kept getting lit-up between sets in the camper out the back door. Stopped in the middle of MCWTF and asked one obnoxiously drunk co-ed if she thought she was the "Queen of England?" Got a standing ovation.

    Never seen Pat Green. Still think he's a myth.

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  4. Seen REK numerous times....all great shows!


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