Robert Earl Keen Net Worth 2024, Age, Wife, Children, eight, Family, Parents, Albums

Robert Earl Keen

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Robert Earl Keen is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer. Debuting with 1984’s No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 20 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels. His songs have had cover versions recorded by many musicians, including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen and Nanci Griffith.

Keen’s albums and his live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with roots music. Keen has toured extensively both in the US and abroad throughout his career.

Early life

NameRobert Earl Keen
Net Worth$5 million
OccupationSinger, Songwriter
Age68 years
Robert Earl Keen net worth

Robert Earl Keen was born on January 11, 1956 (age 68 years) in Houston, Texas, United States. As a teenager, Keen was an avid reader who excelled in writing and literature classes. Keen was a fan of the English rock band Cream and was influenced by country music by artists Willie Nelson, Norman Blake, Jesse Winchester, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Withers, Gary Stewart, and Jimmie Rodgers.

Keen started playing guitar himself shortly after graduation from Sharpstown High School, learning to play classic country covers out of a songbook the summer before starting college at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1978 and began writing songs and playing bluegrass and folk music with friends, including his childhood friend (and future longtime fiddle player in his band) Bryan Duckworth. During his college years, Keen lived with future musician Lyle Lovett.


Robert Earl Keen graduated from Texas A&M in 1978 and moved to Austin, Texas. He performed in nightclubs and live music venues in Austin, including Cactus Cafe, Emma Joe’s, Alamo Lounge and Liberty Lunch, Anderson Fair in Houston, and Gruene Hall in New Braunfels. In 1983, Keen won the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. That same year, he began making his self-produced first album, No Kinda Dancer.

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Keen moved to Nashville with his future wife, Kathleen Gray following the release of this album in 1985. He signed a publishing deal, a new independent label deal, and signed with a national booking agent. While in Nashville, Robert Earl Keen and Gray worked at Hatch Show Print shop. Keen returned to Texas in 1987 and released his second album, The Live Album, in 1988, followed by his third album, West Textures in 1989.

West Textures featured the first recording of Robert Earl Keen’s signature song, “The Road Goes on Forever.” Fellow Texan Joe Ely recorded the song on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, along with another Keen song, “Whenever Kindness Fails”. Keen’s own version of “Whenever Kindness Fails” appeared on his fourth album, 1993’s A Bigger Piece of Sky. In 1994, he released Gringo Honeymoon followed by No. 2 Live Dinner in 1996.

Robert Earl Keen has continued to write and record music, while also maintaining a prodigious tour schedule. His 1997 album, Picnic, marked the beginning of his on-again, off-again relationship with major labels (both that album and 1998’s Walking Distance were issued on Arista Records, and 2001’s Gravitational Forces, 2009’s The Rose Hotel and 2011’s Ready for Confetti were released on Lost Highway Records).

Keen’s other albums include 2003’s Farm Fresh Onions (Audium/Koch Records) and 2005’s What I Really Mean and 2006’s Live at the Ryman (both on E1 Music). The producers with whom he has worked on those albums have included John Keane, Gurf Morlix, Gary Velletri, and Lloyd Maines. In 2022, his concert tour was listed as one of the most successful in the world.

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In January 2022, Robert Earl Keen announced that he would stop touring and performing publicly after September 2022. His final tour was named the “I’m Coming Home Farewell Tour” and the final leg was played September 1st, 3rd and 4th at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas. Approximately 3,000 people attended the last show on September 4th for nearly two-and-a-half hours.


Robert Earl Keen is married to his wife Kathleen Keen, they had their wedding in 1986. His wife is a private person and they have two children together. Robert Earl Keen stands at an appealing height of 1.82m and has a good body weight which suits his personality. As of 2022, Robert Earl Keen is married to his wife Kathleen Keen are still married and living a happy life with their children Clara Rose Keen and Chloe Keen.

Robert Earl Keen net worth

How much is Robert Earl Keen worth? Robert Earl Keen net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a singer and songwriter. Robert Earl Keen’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $1 million dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential singers in the United States.