September 5, 2018… In honor of the 25th anniversary of Robert Earl Keen’s iconic album, A Bigger Piece of Sky, Keen and Dualtone will be releasing it on vinyl for the first time. Available on limited-edition sky-blue vinyl, this piece is a must-have for Robert Earl Keen fans. Scheduled for release on November 16, A Bigger Piece of Sky is available now for advance order at DualtoneStore.com, including autographed vinyl and exclusive merchandise bundles.
“A Bigger Piece of Sky was the most thrilling, hair-pulling, penny-pinching, cliff-hanging, scariest record I’ve ever made,” says Keen. “I love every song on BPS.”
A breakthrough album for Keen, A Bigger Piece of Sky and its songs, such as “Amarillo Highway,” “Whenever Kindness Fails,” and “Corpus Christi Bay” are mainstays of his live set. The album was recorded in Nashville, TN, produced by Garry Velletri, and mixed by Velletri and Jeff Coppage. The project features an amazing lineup consisting of Garry Tallent (E Street Band) on upright and electric bass, Marty Stuart on mandolin, Dave Durocher on percussion, Jay Spell on accordion, Jonathan Yudkin on violin, and Maura O’Connell on vocals. It also features guest musicians George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) on harmony vocal and electric guitar, Tommy Spurlock on guitar, Michael Snow on tenor banjo, Bryan Duckworth on violin, Dave Heath on upright bass, and Jennifer Prince on harmony vocals.
“Little did we know we were making what would become A Bigger Piece Of Sky, one of Robert’s finest records, and that it would stand the test of time as it has,” says drummer Dave Durocher.
“We had a blast recording this record,” adds producer Garry Velletri. “I remember working long into the warm sultry nights of a desolate Music Row. I’m quite proud of A Bigger Piece of Sky. I think it took Keen to the next level.”
About Robert Earl Keen:
Robert Earl Keen has carved out a place in the Americana pantheon alongside musical giants Steve Earle, Gillian and Dave, Patti Griffin, Lyle Lovett, and Joe Ely. Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album – with nineteen records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead – Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he’s done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world Rolling Stone calls him a “master storyteller,” and The New York Times’ Jon Pareles writes, “… Mr. Keen is one of the best.” Ken Tucker, NPR Pop Music Critic, Fresh Air, writes “…He brings the enthusiastic curiosity of a visitor to his music.” Keen has had the honor of working with music legends George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, and Gary Clark Jr., among others. He is a member of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame and in 2015 was recognized as the inaugural recipient of BMI’s official Troubadour Award that honors songwriters for their endless and outstanding songwriting creativity.
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