Article Contributed by Richlyn Marketing | Published on Friday, December 1, 2017

The iconic Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen is currently on tour in his most extensive holiday tour yet, with the all-new REK’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree.

Now in its sixth year, the holiday tour delivers a tip of the hat to legendary musicians like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, and Neil Young. “It is country but we explore the rock side of things and we even mashup a couple of tunes,” Keen says. “If you’re not in the holiday spirit now, you will be when you leave this show.”

The festive tour is visiting 19 cities, and began Nov. 27 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It concludes Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Each tour date will feature an opening set from one of the following artists: Elizabeth Cook, Doyle & Debbie, Robert Ellis, and The Quebe Sisters.

Keen first included “Merry Christmas from the Family” on his 1994 album, Gringo Honeymoon. In 1996, it reappeared on the album No. 2 Live Dinner, which will be released on vinyl for the first time on Dec.10 via Dualtone Records. University of Texas Press released Keen’s companion book, also titled Merry Christmas from the Family, in 2005.

Upcoming REK’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree tour dates:

Dec. 1 - Charlotte, NC (Knight Theater) 

Dec. 2 - North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Performing Arts) 

Dec. 3 - Durham, NC (Carolina Theatre)       

Dec. 4 - Charlottesville, VA (The Paramount Theatre)

Dec. 6 - New York, NY (Town Hall)

Dec. 7 - Washington, DC (Lincoln Theatre)

Dec. 8 - Knoxville, TN (Tennessee Theatre)

Dec. 9 - Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)

Dec. 10 - Birmingham, AL (The Lyric Theatre)     

Dec. 12 - Oklahoma City, OK (The Jones Assembly)    

Dec. 13 - Fayetteville, AR (Walton Arts Center)

Dec. 16 - Austin, TX (Moody Theater)

Dec. 26 - Houston, TX (House of Blues)   

Dec. 28 - Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)

Dec. 29 - Dallas, TX (House of Blues)

Dec. 30 - Fort Worth, TX (Bass Performance Hall)

Here is the info on the Collings Guitar Contest where winners will receive tickets to a Robert Earl Keen show, meet and greet with Robert and swag packs from Collings and REK.


Robert Earl Keen has teamed up with Collings Guitars to give fans an opportunity to win a bundle of prizes. Beginning now until December 15, three winners will be chosen each week and will be awarded a meet-and-greet with Robert Earl Keen, as well as a pair of tickets to a REK’s Fam-O-Lee: Back to the Country Jamboree tour show of their choice. Furthermore, winners will receive a prize pack put together by Collings Guitars and Robert Earl Keen. Robert Earl Keen & Collings Guitars Gift Giveaway.