Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers celebrated a series of collaborative performances in Texas last week including a record-breaking 4th of July show in Kerrville, TX. The shows marked the first time the friends have performed together on stage. Keen and Childers both guested on each other's sets. Keen sang Childers’ “Whitehouse Road” and “Honky Tonk Flame” with Tyler and his band, The Food Stamps. Childers joined Keen’s sets to perform “What I Really Mean” and “Broken End of Love” with Robert and his band.
For the seventh year in a row Keen hosted his 4th of July on The River in Kerrville, Texas. This year’s festival smashed past attendance records with over 10,000 revelers, who were treated to performances by Keen, Childers, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and Robyn Lydwyck.
It was clear from the standing ovations at all three shows that fans were thrilled with the inspiring collaboration. Keen adds, “Tyler is on the forefront of the new generation of writers, singers, and music creators. I call them the 'found generation.' What a thrill it is to be playing and singing with this man and his grand slam band.”
"Playing this run with Keen has been an honor," says Childers. "I'm extremely grateful for the welcome and encouragement Keen and his folks showed to the boys and me."
Keen and Childers will both be appearing August 10 and 11 at the Railbird Festival in Lexington, KY. They are set to perform together again on September 30 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, a show which sold-out in 2 hours.