Not a lone star now: Robert Earl Keen

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On Robert Earl Keen’s new­est al­bum, Happy Pris­oner: The Blue­grass Ses­sions — due out Feb. 10 — the Americana legend cov­ers many of the artists who in­flu­enced him dur­ing child­hood and dur­ing his early days play­ing gui­tar at Texas A&M Univer­sity in the late 1970s. Tracks in­clude “Foot­prints in the Snow,” fa­mously recorded by Bill Mon­roe; Flatt & Scruggs’ “Hot Corn, Cold Corn”; and many tra­di­tional songs, in­clud­ing the 19th-cen­tury mur­der bal­lad “Poor Ellen Smith.” He duets with Lyle Lovett on “T for Texas” and with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks on “Way­far­ing Stranger.” Keen, who has 18 al­bums to his credit, is con­sid­ered a true Texas sto­ry­teller, and on Satur­day, Jan. 17, the Lone Star State’s an­swer to Bruce Spring­steen plays songs from the new al­bum, as well as his great­est hits, at Sky­light (139 W. San Francisco St.). The 21-and-over show be­gins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Tick­ets, $30 (re­served seat­ing is ex­tra), are avail­able at­light­ — Jen­nifer Levin

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