Robert Earl Keen’s new Austin City Limits performance will debut nationwide on October 30, 2010. The performance is part of Austin City Limits’ last season in its original studio, which was designated last year as an historic rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In early 2011 the show will move to its new home, a full-time music venue and state of the art production facility in downtown Austin. Keen is one of the series favorites to be welcomed back to the historic stage this season to commemorate the transition.
The Robert Earl Keen band is: Robert Earl Keen (vocals, guitar); Rich Brotherton (lead guitar, vocals); Marty Muse (pedal & lap steel); Bill Whitbeck (electric bass, doghouse bass, harmonica, vocals); Tom Van Schaik (drums). The band is joined by special guests Lloyd Maines (guitar, mandolin); Bukka Allen (accordion, organ, piano); Danny Barnes (banjo); Drew Womack (vocals) and Deani Flemmings (vocals) for a set that includes the new classic, “The Great Hank,” and four cuts from Keen’s current critically acclaimed #1 Americana album, The Rose Hotel – “Throwin’ Rocks,” “The Man Behind the Drums,” “Something I Do,” and “10,000 Chinese Walk Into A Bar.”
When it comes to presenting live music, Austin City Limits embodies its motto of “Great Music. No Limits.” Accomplishing what no other show has done in the history of American television, the series has, for more than three decades, presented audiences with the most diverse, original, cutting-edge talent music has to offer. Staying on the cusp of technology, ACL is broadcast in dynamic high definition and 5.1 surround sound on PBS HD channels where available and airs nationally on 97% of the country’s PBS stations.
With The Rose Hotel, Robert Earl Keen has re-confirmed his place among the Lone Star State’s great storytellers, capable of painting rich, poignant landscapes worthy of Cormac McCarthy and spinning satirical yarns that’d do Kinky Friedman proud. The disc’s rough-hewn tone—it’s one of the more immediate, organic efforts in Keen’s varied catalog—emphasizes both ends of that emotional spectrum. Keen also performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin on October 10, 2010.