Dubbing himself "the party captain of the holidays," Robert Earl Keen figures he's feeling pretty jolly this year.
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|Never mind the Love Boat, Robert Earl Keen will now be your "party captain."|
"You know, it comes and it goes," reflects the Houston-born singer-songwriter, who will turn 59 next month. "Sometimes I feel kind of overwhelmed. I think that might be in all of our natures. This year I'm having a great time. I feel real peace on Earth, goodwill towards men. And women."
Whether he was joking or not (it's a little hard to tell), when we reached Keen by phone a couple of weeks ago, he said he was "just sobering up." He was in the early stages of the "Merry Christmas From the Family" tour, his annual trek built around the song that affectionately if sarcastically celebrates those trailer-dwelling, Salem Light-puffing, fake-snow-spewing Christmas lovers from coast to coast.
"These Christmas shows, they take a lot out of you, so you have to put a lot back in," Keen says by way of hair-of-the-dog advice.More »