October 18, 2017 (Nashville, TN) – Robert Earl Keen will present his most extensive holiday tour yet with the all-new REK’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree. Now in its sixth year, Keen’s holiday tours have become a family tradition in his native Texas and beyond.
The set list includes Keen classics like “Merry Christmas from the Family,” as well as a tip of the hat to legendary musicians like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam and Neil Young. “It will be country but we’ll explore the country-rock side of things and we might mashup a couple of tunes,” Keen says. “If you’re not in the holiday spirit now, you will be when you leave this show.”
The festive tour will visit 19 cities, beginning Nov. 27 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and concluding Dec. 30in Fort Worth, Texas. Support acts on select dates of the tour include Elizabeth Cook, Doyle & Debbie, Robert Ellis, and The Quebe Sisters.
The Huffington Post described the annual concert this way: “For the uninitiated, it’s part comedy/variety show (think The Carol Burnett Show of old) and part musical cornucopia that’s full of pleasant surprises. It’s akin to Christmas morning, but one where Keen and his merry band of musicians continue to unwrap gifts you didn’t even know you were hoping for until they share them on stage.”
Keen first included “Merry Christmas from the Family” on his 1994 album, Gringo Honeymoon. In 1996, it reappeared on the album No. 2 Live Dinner, which will be released on vinyl for the first time on Dec. 10 via Dualtone Records. University of Texas Press released Keen’s companion book, also titled Merry Christmas from the Family, in 2005.
REK’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree tour dates:
Nov. 27 – Chattanooga, TN (Tivoli Theatre)
Nov. 28 – Greenville, SC (The Peace Center)
Nov. 30 – Macon, GA (The Cox Capitol Theatre)
Dec. 1 – Charlotte, NC (Knight Theater)
Dec. 2 – North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Performing Arts)
Dec. 3 – Durham, NC (Carolina Theatre)
Dec. 4 – Charlottesville, VA (The Paramount Theatre)
Dec. 6 – New York, NY (Town Hall)
Dec. 7 – Washington, DC (Lincoln Theatre)
Dec. 8 – Knoxville, TN (Tennessee Theatre)
Dec. 9 – Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
Dec. 10 – Birmingham, AL (The Lyric Theatre)
Dec. 12 – Oklahoma City, OK (The Jones Assembly)
Dec. 13 – Fayetteville, AR (Walton Arts Center)
Dec. 16 – Austin, TX (Moody Theater)
Dec. 26 – Houston, TX (House of Blues)
Dec. 28 – Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
Dec. 29 – Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
Dec. 30 – Fort Worth, TX (Bass Performance Hall)
Robert Earl Keen is available for interviews.
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