Robert Earl Keen spent Saturday night @ ACL Live in Austin (pics, setist)
Robert Earl Keen @ The Moody Theater (12/17)
Two weeks ago, Keen, a pioneering artist who helped pave the way for independent-minded Americana and Texas Music artists, became a spokesman/adviser for www.splother.com, the first online site to offer one-stop music licensing for everything from ads to movies.
"If it catches on, Splother will change the way things are done," Keen said. "Music licensing is very bureaucratic in a world of lawyers and label heads, and things take forever. There are 50 or 60 artists signed up so far, and you can go there, pick the music, do the paperwork and download the file."
Keen songs such as "Coming Home" and "That Buckin' Song" have been in films such as "Grand Champion" and "Happy, Texas."
"It's a personal triumph as an artist if you hear your song in a movie," he said. "Sometimes it really boosts someone's career. Chris Isaak's career was made when some deejay heard his songs in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet.'"
Keen has a song, though, that could have been the basis for the script of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" -- "Merry Christmas From the Family." [My San Antonio]
Christmas came a week early for Robert Earl Keen in Austin this year. Keen played The Moody Theater for an ACL Live show on Saturday (12/17) with the duo of Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines as part of his 'Confetti States Tour'.
Here are some pictures. More of them, with the setlist, below...
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines
Robert Earl Keen