If Willie Nelson is the king of the Texas-based country genre, then Robert Earl Keen is the prince behind the throne. Keen, who ranks high as a songwriter and performer, has penned boot thumpers like "That Buckin' Song" and cry-into-your-beer ballads such as "Love's a Word I Never Throw Around." Of course, fans inevitably clamor for "The Road Goes On Forever," a tall tale about a less glamorous Bonnie-and-Clyde crime spree that ends with a one-way trip to the electric chair. A touring machine, Keen came of age playing in Austin and bumming around College Station with fellow Aggie Lyle Lovett. A story about the pair pickin' on the front porch, dressed in their underwear, for shocked Sunday churchgoers has passed into Texas folklore, much like one of Keen's songs. Monday is the night for Texas music at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., as REK takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Opening is Emory Quinn, a San Antonio-based quartet that claims Keen as a musical influence. Individual tickets start at $47.50. Call the House of Blues box office at 214-978-2583 or visit livenation.com.
Mon., Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m., 2010