A Bit of Banter Between Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett

The two singer-songwriters talk about their friendship, their profession, and their tour.
Tue May 28, 2013 10:45 am
Gary Miller

On a 1988 live recording of “The Front Porch Song,” a tune he wrote with Lyle Lovett when they were students at Texas A&M in the late seventies, Robert Earl Keen pauses midway to describe the song’s inspiration. “We used to sit on this old porch on Church Street, right across from the Presbyterian church, and play bluegrass and folk music, and talk about girls and where we were going to move to when our parents got our grades,” he says. “Talk about someday becoming big songwriters.”

Though the house Keen lived in was long ago torn down to make way for a parking lot, the image of that youthful friendship looms large in Texas music mythology. Even so, short of a handful of benefits, festival gigs, and award shows, the pair have rarely shared the same stage. In February, after decades

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