Robert Earl Keen's Fam-O-Lee Back To The Country Jamboree Christmas Tour Kicks Off At The Tivoli Theater

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - by Mark A. Herndon

Robert Earl Keen has blazed a trail that has earned him status as an icon and keeper of the flame status in Americana music. With 19 albums under his belt, Keen’s latest recording, Live Dinner Reunion, recorded at Floore's Country Store celebrating the 20th anniversary of the quintessential No. 2 Live Dinner is the stuff of honky-tonk legend. It was a night that reminded us why we love live music.

While all of Robert Earl Keen’s shows are high-energy and full of great music and personal anecdotes that always incite hardy laughter from the crowd, his Christmas shows are magical. Keen’s holiday fan-favorite, 'Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee,” has become the calling card for the season – and 2017 marks the sixth year that Keen has made this tour even more spectacular by adding a playful set straight out of the smash hit’s holiday yarn.

The kick off tour started Monday night at the Tivoli stage.  The Christmas spirit comes alive with visions not only of sugar plums, elves and maybe a cow or two, but also with the spirit of country music’s greatest artists, both past and present, and Keen and company performing his biggest hits.

It’s been said that Robert Earl Keen is the Jimmy Buffet of Christmas – and this show unleashes the holiday mischief, fun, and great music that only REK can deliver. It is sure to become part of your Christmas family traditions. The hearty and sometimes rowdy Chattanooga Live Music fans showed appreciate to this singer/songwriter and his multi-talented band.  The photos capture the robust stage set of Christmas and the passion of an entertainer connecting with his fans.   

It was an event production of AC Entertainment and arrangement of Richlynn Group, featuring creative, innovative and inspired marketing for brands, artists, and companies worldwide  (www.richlynngroup.com)   .  Robert Earl Keen may be followed on social media channels. Including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and web page at www.robertearlkeen.com/

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Mark A Herndon, CPG, Chattanooga Live Music,  photojournalist and certified professional geologist a native of the Chattanooga, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Media affiliation www.chattanoogan.comCheck out more at www.facebook.com/chattanoogalivemusicEmail at MAHerndon@ChattanoogaLiveMusic.com


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