Some singers write songs and some songwriters sing. Robert Earl Keen, Jr. falls into the latter category. Unlike his pal Lyle Lovett, who has an extraordinary talent for both crafts, Keen's main strength is his writing. (He studied journalism, after all.) Sure, he can sing just fine, well enough to build a solo career, in fact, but his songs often shine a little brighter when performed by more versatile vocalists. Nevertheless, West Textures marks Keen's third outing and is a fine collection of tunes, most of which are original compositions. Like Nanci Griffith and Steve Earle, Keen's style lies somewhere between alternative country and contemporary folk. Filled with acoustic guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and upright bass, West Textures is a pretty consistent set with a handful of standout tracks. "The Road Goes on Forever" and "Don't Turn Out the Light" jump right out on the first listen thanks to their peppy, catchy melodies. With further attention, "Leavin' Tennessee," "Maria," and "Love's a Word I Never Throw Around" should get the kudos due them, as well. A songwriter's songwriter, Keen gets an A for effort.
Performance CreditsRobert Earl Keen Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Mark Howard Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass,Upright Bass
Pat McInerney Percussion,Drums
Joey Miskulin Accordion
Lisa Silver Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Joey Misculin Accordion
Technical CreditsJim Rooney Producer
Bil VornDick Engineer
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This album contains ''Five Pound Bass'', ''Mariano'' and the all-time favorite of Texans far and wide, ''The Road Goes On Forever.'' This album is essential to the collection of anyone who calls themself a fan of Texas country music.