Robert Earl Keen returns to Denver for a concert in the Arvada Center's Outdoor Amphitheatre on July 30.
Robert Earl Keen
"The road goes on forever ..."
It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.
"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."
As for what he'll be working on next, well, Keen's fans probably won't have to wait very long. Despite the fact that 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of his first album, No Kinda Dancer, Keen's primary focus remains - as ever - more on the road still ahead than the road behind him.
"We take everything one year at a time," he says, "but I am hell-bent and bound to make a record this year. I really don't know what I have in mind as far as what it will be, but what will happen is I will go off to my 'Scriptorium' for three or four days to write with no distractions, and I'll have a record by the time I'm finished. I'm locked into this idea, and I know for a fact that I'm going to get a new record out ... unless I get hit by a bus or get run over by my own bus!"
Nashville recording artist and Colorado singer songwriter Tyller Gummersall began his career at the early age of eight performing Hank Williams Hey Good Lookin at the County Fair Talent contest.
These days he splits his time between Nashville, Texas, and Colorado. He is currently touring in support of his new album Long Ride Home produced by Grammy award winner Lloyd Maines. Tyller Has been honored to have opened for the likes of John Anderson, Juice Newton, Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, King Billy and has shared the stage with Legendary Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell.