Robert Earl Keen
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Dec. 24, 2004
Robert Earl KeenNo. 2 Live (Koch)
A companion to REK's No. 2 Live Dinner, recorded at the Astrodome-housed Houston Rodeo and originally released in 2001. Under 40 minutes with no extras, this digital reissue is skimpy compared to the extended Austin City Limits DVD recently released by Austin's New West. Still, Keen is his ever-charming self and his band is hot, especially the fiddle work of Bryan Duckworth and the guitar stylings of Rich Brotherton. Fans will want it for the especially raucous version of "The Road Goes on Forever," but others might find the whole thing a bit superfluous.