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Robert Earl Keen with Special Guest Andrea Davidson - 1/28
at City Winery New York City
As singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers, he has been guided by several self-imposed rules and traditions that are often the antithesis of music industry standards.
It’s a formula that has worked well for Keen since he began performing in 1981 and paving the way for a generation of songwriters and performers who make a living on the road. He paints musical portraits that are as vivid as sunsets over the great Southwest and stories that are as compelling and timeless as Cormac McCarthy novels. But what separates the Americana music pioneer from other songwriters is that he matches this lyrical literature with irresistible melodies, resulting in music that attracts thinkers and dancers alike. His songs are infused with such deep insight and humor that a new meaning and perspective is revealed with each listen, allowing his songs to grow more profound with time. That’s why artists including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett and the Dixie Chicks have chosen to record his songs over the years.
It’s because of Keen’s confidence in his work that he had the courage to abandon his tried-and-true formula while making his new Lost Highway album and 16th release, Ready for Confetti. As a result, he has produced one of the finest albums of his career, and likely the most approachable one as well. He tackles such universal themes as losing love, living the best possible life and transcending this world into other spiritual realms.
Almost everything about Ready for Confetti is different for Keen, from some of the songs’ shorter lengths (likely considered sacrilegious in the past) to the songs’ topics and attitudes and his method of songwriting. “I always said that I never write on the road because it’s too sterile and I’m too tired,” says Keen, who wrote nine of the album’s songs and co-wrote another with Dean Dillon. “Well, last year I just decided that we were going to throw that rule away and write on the road.” Traditionally, he would spend three weeks at Scriptorium, his cabin on a hill, where he would write an entire album’s worth of material. This time, writing whenever and wherever the mood struck allowed him to explore ideas as they developed while performing 180 shows a year and still complete the album within two years of 2009’s The Rose Hotel.
ABOUT ANDREA DAVIDSON
Andrea Davidson’s sound crosses the line between the arresting vocals of Patty Griffin and the funky and sensual musical backdrop of Bill Withers. She combines loops of vocals, guitar, and percussion to create a live performance that is sweetly stunning. Her songs are passionate, honest, and hopeful.
She does not write to fit a genre. Her creative process consists of tuning into herself and the moment, which allows the freedom of many different types of expression to emerge.
Andrea utilizes her musical career to assist in the co-creation of a better world. She deeply believes in the interconnectedness of all things. She has an unshakable faith in the power of humanity to heal itself, mother earth, and all life on this planet. Andrea emanates a profound sense of gratitude on stage. Her musical presence infuses a breath of positiveness and hope into those who attend her live performances. Andrea aspires to be a constant reminder that our life is our art.
An Andrea Davidson song, once heard, will be stuck in your head while you’re lying in bed. Come wired or tired, she promises you will leave inspired.