Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has a new title to add to his resume. The Houston-raised artist was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Jan. 17, 2019. During a ceremony at Bill Bob's Texas in Fort Worth, Keen was honored for his music career and charitable works.
Keen was presented with the Rick Smith "Spirit of Texas Award," named after Rick Smith, the creator of the Live at Billy Bob's Texas music series. The "Spirit of Texas Award" has previously been given to George Strait, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Tommy Lee Jones, Tuff Hedeman, Clay Walker, The Gatlin Brothers, Red Steagall and Pat Green.
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 and is home to more than 140 inductees. Hall of Fame members include folks who showcase the best of ranching, entertainment, rodeo and agriculture.
Keen is one of the most beloved songwriters and performers in Texas. He rose to fame with his 1984 album No Kinda Dancer. His 1989 album West Textures featured his signature song "The Road Goes on Forever." His songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, George Strait, Gillian Welch, The Highwaymen and more. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also became the first recipient of BMI's Troubadour Award in 2015.
Recently, Keen recorded an album with Randy Rogers as the duo the Stryker Brothers.
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