Robert Earl Keen, The Stubborn Lovers

When: Thu., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. 2013

Robert Earl Keen used to tell a story about talking to a buddy who'd told him about happening upon 20 guys hanging out in a backyard in San Marcos, Texas. It was a hot day, and there was an extension cord running from the house to a window air conditioning unit sitting on the picnic table, running. They were drinking Schlitz beer. "And I thought, man, I haven't had a Schlitz beer since elementary school," Keen said. And maybe you too used to drink Schlitz beer in elementary school and you're thinking you aren't that different from Keen. But Keen wrote "The Road Goes On Forever," and the rest of us didn't. He might be the only guy who can get away with—is required to?—play his Christmas song ("Merry Christmas to the Family") all year round. And he does this with the easy, slightly lurid charm that the best Texas singer/songwriters wear so well. RYAN WHITE

Price: $28.50-30

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