Robert Earl Keen Launches Americana Podcast

Keen Hosts Series Featuring In-Depth Interviews

NASHVILLE, TN (April 23, 2019) … Americana pioneer, musical troubadour, and now podcast host, Robert Earl Keen, is excited to announce the launch of his new project, Americana Podcast: The 51st State at the end of the month. Scheduled to premiere on April 30, the first season will kick off with two episodes featuring guests Jamestown Revival and Lucero.

Americana Podcast: The 51st State is dedicated to sharing and expanding on the Americana genre's roots, reach, and definition. Each episode is told from the point of view of the musicians that have dedicated their lives to the genre. Host Robert Earl Keen, interviews musicians, exploring their unique histories, creative processes, successes, failures, and everything in between.

“Our mission is reflected in the title,” explains REK. “We want to define and expand the Americana music genre. Let’s unify the musical styles of folk, blues, bluegrass, country, string band, garage band rock into a powerful collectible under the same umbrella. Let’s make Americana, as Shakespeare said, ‘familiar in his mouth as household words.’ That is our mission. That is our goal. “

The first season of the show profiles six artists and with new episodes releasing monthly. Full of music, laughs, and insights, this podcast is a can’t-miss for music lovers. 

Americana Podcast: The 51st State will be available for download on April 30. More information can be found here:

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More on the Host:
Robert Earl Keen, equipped with his 19 albums and 30 years in the music industry, knows a thing or two about Americana. Keen’s music was seemingly genre-bending making him a veritable singer/songwriter without definition until 1997 when radio trade magazine, Gavin recognized Americana music and its musicians. With REK on the cover, Gavin, published the first known comprehensive list of Americana artists, placing him in the top 10. With a long-running, vested interest in the Americana music scene, Keen intends for this project to be a method in which musicians, music lovers, and artists come together over storytelling. 

In 2012, Keen 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 with the receipt of their Spirit of Texas Award.

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