Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers Celebrate Round of Shows Including Record Breaking 4th of July Performance

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Nashville, TN (July 11, 2019) ... Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers celebrated a series of collaborative performances in Texas last week including a record-breaking 4th of July show in Kerrville, TX. The shows marked the first time the friends have performed together on stage. Keen and Childers both guested on each other's sets. Keen sang Childers’ “Whitehouse Road” and “Honky Tonk Flame” with Tyler and his band, The Food Stamps. Childers joined Keen’s sets to perform “What I Really Mean” and “Broken End of Love” with Robert and his band.

For the seventh year in a row Keen hosted his 4th of July on The River in Kerrville, Texas. This year’s festival smashed past attendance records with over 10,000 revelers, who were treated to performances by Keen, Childers, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and Robyn Lydwyck.

It was clear from the standing ovations at all three shows that fans were thrilled with the inspiring collaboration. Keen adds, “Tyler is on the forefront of the new generation of writers, singers, and music creators. I call them the 'found generation.' What a thrill it is to be playing and singing with this man and his grand slam band.”

"Playing this run with Keen has been an honor," says Childers. "I'm extremely grateful for the welcome and encouragement Keen and his folks showed to the boys and me."

Keen and Childers will both be appearing August 10 and 11 at the Railbird Festival in Lexington, KY. They are set to perform together again on September 30 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, a show which sold-out in 2 hours.

About Robert Earl Keen:
Singer, songwriter, and entertainer, Robert Earl Keen, has recorded 19 albums and performed thousands of shows. Keen is also the host and creator of the Americana Podcast: the 51st State ( His music ranges from country to bluegrass to rock and his songs have been recorded by artists including George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, and Shawn Colvin. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his college friend, Lyle Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. In March 2015, BMI honored him as the first recipient of the Troubadour Award. Keen’s philanthropic and charity work led him to be presented with the Distinguished Alumni award from Texas A&M University in the fall of 2018. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inducted Robert Earl Keen into their 2019 class presenting him with the Spirit of Texas Award. Keen’s signature song is “The Road Goes On Forever.” (

About Tyler Childers:
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Tyler Childers’ highly anticipated sophomore album Country Squire is due August 2 via Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. His first release in partnership with RCA Records, Country Squire is produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and continues a series of breakout years for Childers. Rolling Stone raves that “Childers has gone from beloved local artist within Kentucky to internationally lauded Appalachian prophet…what has made his songs resonate far outside of his home state’s jagged borders is his emotional connection and his grasp at translating subtle feelings into gripping, resonating tales," while Pitchfork declares "it’s his voice, peppered with both the knowledge of the ages and the innocence of youth, that makes a effective. Then it’s the lyrics, a mix of plain-talk honesty and beguiling metaphors, that tip the scales to timeless." Since the release of his universally acclaimed debut album, Purgatory, in 2017, Childers has performed over 130 sold-out headline shows across the country including three nights at Louisville's Louisville Palace (7500 tickets), two nights at Austin's Stubbs (5000 tickets), Fort Worth's Billy Bob's (5000 tickets) and two nights at Denver's Ogden Theatre (3200 tickets). Featured on NPR Music's esteemed Tiny Desk Concert series and recently named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association, Childers will continue to tour extensively throughout 2019.

Robert Earl Keen Media Contact:
Kate Richardson | Richlynn Group | | 615-970-7474

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Photo Credit: Cameron Gott

Garry Fitch