Robert Earl Keen recently stopped by the Acoustic Guitar offices while in town for his appearance at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Watch the folk-country icon perform two songs from his illustrious back catalog, which often draws inspiration from his everyday experiences as a lifelong Texan.


Keen begins with “Mariano,” off his 1989 album West Textures, adding that it was one of his mother’s favorite songs. He then treats us to his 2005 track, “Mr. Wolf and Mamabear,” a song shrouded in so much mystery that one fan wrote him a dissertation explaining its meaning (Keen says the fan was wrong).

Look for a feature on Keen and his excellent new album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, in the March 2016 issue of AG.