Robert Earl Keen Announces 8th Annual Holiday Tour

Robert Earl Keen Announces 8th Annual Holiday Tour

Robert Earl Keen will once again hit the road this holiday season for his eighth annual Christmas tour.

REK at Ryman 2018; photo by Whitley Whiskers

This year’s 15-stop holiday extravaganza, which is dubbed REK’s Countdown to Christmas Tour: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times, will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“This show will turn on the ‘psyche-delactic’ jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” says Robert Earl. “The countdown begins now!”

The tour will kick off on Dec. 2 in Greenville, S.C., and make additional stops in New York, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and more. The festive set is sure to include REK’s classic, “Merry Christmas From the Family,” and many more out-of-this-world tunes.

Shinyribs will serve as support. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.

Editor’s Note: I attended REK’s holiday tour in 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium—and they were stellar shows.

Robert Earl Keen’s Countdown to Christmas Tour

Dec. 2 | Greenville, SC | Peace Center
Dec. 3 | Charleston, SC | Charleston Music Hall
Dec. 4 | Durham, NC | Carolina Theatre
Dec. 5 | New York, NY | Town Hall
Dec. 6 | Washington, DC | Lincoln Theatre
Dec. 7 | Bristol, TN | Paramount Center for the Arts
Dec. 8 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
Dec. 10 | Charlotte, NC | Knight Theater
Dec. 11 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
Dec. 15 | Chattanooga, TN | Walker Theatre
Dec. 17 | Fayetteville, AR | Walton Arts Center
Dec. 18 | Houston, TX | House of Blues
Dec. 20 | Austin, TX | ACL Live -Moody Theater
Dec. 21 | Austin, TX | ACL Live – Moody Theater
Dec. 26 | Oklahoma City, OK | The Jones Assembly
Dec. 27 | Dallas, Texas | House of Blues
Dec. 28 | Memphis, TN | Germantown Performing Arts Center
Dec. 29 | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium
Dec. 30 | Fort Worth, TX | Bass Performance Hall

photo by Curtis Hilbun,

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter