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LISTEN: Robert Earl Keen Has The Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A man with grey beard, hat, and sunglasses sings and plays the guitar.
Robert Earl Keen performs on this week's encore episode of Mountain Stage.
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This week’s encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features a very special performance from Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen, who joined us on his final tour in July 2022.

After 41 years of touring, writing, and recording, Keen announced in late 2021 that his next tour would be his last. A Houston native, Keen is one of the Lone Star state’s legendary singer-songwriters. Keen has said he will continue to write music and create, host his popular podcast, support young artists, and follow his artistic muse wherever it takes him.

Keen has appeared on Mountain Stage 13 times since 1989, and brought the goods for his final set on the show, performing a career-spanning set of crowd favorites to a welcoming audience in Charleston, West Virginia.

Our Song of the Week is Keen’s fitting farewell number, “I’m Coming Home.”

We’re also treated to live performances from the Dedicated Men of Zion, a group born out of the churches in eastern North Carolina, who bring their gospel-rich quartet harmony to thrilling effect. Emerging traditional country artist Joshua Hedley, and Fargo-born, Austin-incubated, Nashville resident and Western swing devotee Brennen Leigh round out the episode.

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