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December 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
In assembling a list of several of the saddest holiday songs ever recorded for Calendar, I preemptively noted that “We can't claim these are definitively the saddest, because there are so many more available to choose from.” Sure enough, readers quickly started citing their own depressive/dysfunctional/downcast holiday favorites that I hadn't singled out: Willie Nelson's “Pretty Paper,” Randy Newman's “Snow,” the Pogues' “Fairytale of...
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December 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
In assembling a list of several of the saddest holiday songs ever recorded for Calendar, I preemptively noted that “We can't claim these are definitively the saddest, because there are so many more available to choose from.” Sure enough, readers quickly started citing their own depressive/dysfunctional/downcast holiday favorites that I hadn't singled out: Willie Nelson's “Pretty Paper,” Randy Newman's “Snow,” the Pogues' “Fairytale of...
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May 26, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Robert Earl Keen is best known for the song "The Road Goes on Forever," which has been recorded by Joe Ely and the Highwaymen, but that scrappy epic offers only a hint of his range. At Jacks Sugar Shack on Wednesday, the singer-songwriter from Texas frequently remained in the shadows of his role models: "Corpus Christi Bay" catches some of the downbeat bottle fever of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and Keen's slightest song, "Barbeque," echoes Lyle Lovett's deadpan delivery.
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January 5, 2009 | August Brown, Chris Barton and Randy Lewis
Glasvegas "Glasvegas" Columbia Records ** To many American ears, the Scottish band Glasvegas might sound like U2 as fronted by the dad played by Mike Myers in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." But singer James Allan's overwhelming brogue is a formidable instrument that livens up some otherwise boilerplate epic rock on the band's self-titled new album.
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May 25, 1995 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Earl Keen's latest album ends with a 7 1/2-minute anthem of defeat that is a gift to every downtrodden bar band on the planet. Almost anywhere, on any given night, a hapless country or roots-rock ensemble is playing set after set in a gin mill that's either deserted or packed with pestering drunks wanting to hear "Achy Breaky Heart."
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August 24, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Texas is as thick with talented singer-songwriters as with longhorns, and this veteran, frankly, is just one of the herd--his poetic storytelling has character, but his prosaic music and plain singing don't standout. The best song on his major-label debut is Dave Alvin's "Fourth of July" and the most inviting vocal is from Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who guests on "Then Came Lo Mein."
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April 1, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
Here comes yet another Texan with wit, a storyteller's gift and the willingness to apply them to country music that keeps a wide berth from cliches and commercial norms. One of Keen's trademarks is the darkly comic streak that comes out in songs such as "Whenever Kindness Fails" and "Blow You Away," in which people faced with the stresses and slights of ordinary living turn violent and nasty, or at least fantasize about it.
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August 23, 1996 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's easy to see why such respected singer-songwriters as Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Nanci Griffith have recorded songs by fellow Texan Robert Earl Keen. Literate, witty and funny, yet always heartfelt, Keen's tales effectively capture the highs and lows--and even the mundane in-betweens--of the human condition. His sagas of wild Texas college boys ("The Road Goes on Forever,") and America's obsession with guns ("Sonora's Death Row," "Jesse With the Long Hair . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2009 | August Brown, Chris Barton and Randy Lewis
Glasvegas "Glasvegas" Columbia Records ** To many American ears, the Scottish band Glasvegas might sound like U2 as fronted by the dad played by Mike Myers in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." But singer James Allan's overwhelming brogue is a formidable instrument that livens up some otherwise boilerplate epic rock on the band's self-titled new album.
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May 11, 2000 | RICHARD CROMELIN
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August 24, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Texas is as thick with talented singer-songwriters as with longhorns, and this veteran, frankly, is just one of the herd--his poetic storytelling has character, but his prosaic music and plain singing don't standout. The best song on his major-label debut is Dave Alvin's "Fourth of July" and the most inviting vocal is from Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who guests on "Then Came Lo Mein."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1996 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's easy to see why such respected singer-songwriters as Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Nanci Griffith have recorded songs by fellow Texan Robert Earl Keen. Literate, witty and funny, yet always heartfelt, Keen's tales effectively capture the highs and lows--and even the mundane in-betweens--of the human condition. His sagas of wild Texas college boys ("The Road Goes on Forever,") and America's obsession with guns ("Sonora's Death Row," "Jesse With the Long Hair . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Robert Earl Keen is best known for the song "The Road Goes on Forever," which has been recorded by Joe Ely and the Highwaymen, but that scrappy epic offers only a hint of his range. At Jacks Sugar Shack on Wednesday, the singer-songwriter from Texas frequently remained in the shadows of his role models: "Corpus Christi Bay" catches some of the downbeat bottle fever of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and Keen's slightest song, "Barbeque," echoes Lyle Lovett's deadpan delivery.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1995 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Earl Keen's latest album ends with a 7 1/2-minute anthem of defeat that is a gift to every downtrodden bar band on the planet. Almost anywhere, on any given night, a hapless country or roots-rock ensemble is playing set after set in a gin mill that's either deserted or packed with pestering drunks wanting to hear "Achy Breaky Heart."
NEWS
April 1, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
Here comes yet another Texan with wit, a storyteller's gift and the willingness to apply them to country music that keeps a wide berth from cliches and commercial norms. One of Keen's trademarks is the darkly comic streak that comes out in songs such as "Whenever Kindness Fails" and "Blow You Away," in which people faced with the stresses and slights of ordinary living turn violent and nasty, or at least fantasize about it.
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January 10, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Stagecoach, as the country cousin of the huge Coachella rock franchise is now named, will saddle up for the first time in early May with a lineup that is even deeper than previously announced: Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Gary Allan and Neko Case have been added to the bill.
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