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Robert Earl Keen / Split Lip Rayfield

Liberty Hall Cinema

In a day-in-age when the term "alt-country" can apply to any city slicker with a John Deere hat and a song about mom's booze habit, Robert Earl Keen Jr. is the big daddy who brings the smackdown to the pudding-pop poseurs. Raised by Texas and hardened by Nashville, Keen churns up a twangy spread seasoned with the storytelling soul of Willie Nelson and the raucous barroom bounce of Waylon Jennings. Keen's career is probably best summed up by his would-be-hit "My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame": "My songs don't belong on top forty radio / I'll keep the old back forty for my home."This show also marks Split Lip Rayfield's first in Lawrence following the departure of founding songwriter and mandolinist Wayne Gottstine. The group is soldiering on as a three-piece and has a slew of new material that's every bit as intense as the old stuff.

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Comments

Carmenilla 15 years, 7 months ago

Not to be nitpicky, but Wayne wasn't a founding member of Splitlip Rayfield. He was actually the last to join I believe. But that didn't make him any less badass!

Kaw Pickinton 15 years, 7 months ago

That's what I was going to say, even the mailing list on splitliprayfield.com was a copy and paste of this announcement.

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