Robert Earl Keen Bringing Bluegrass Band To Infinity Hall

Robert Earl Keen has a new bluegrass project he'd like to share.

Thirty years into his career, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen decided it was time to revisit his roots. For "Happy Prisoner," his new album, Keen assembled a crackshot bluegrass band and recorded 15 standards of the genre, including "Long Black Veil" and "Wayfaring Stranger," with top-shelf guests Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks), Lyle Lovett and Peter Rowan.

Keen's durable voice, which lands somewhere been a field holler and bullfrog croak, is the real star here; shrewdly, he kept the band together and hit the road, which brings him to Hartford's Infinity Hall on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m., with special guest Bonnie Bishop.


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