Promoters say Robert Earl Keen “may just be the most successful artist that many Americans have never heard.” Britt concertgoers will have a chance to hear the man who wrote songs for George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, the Dixie Chicks and the Highwaymen at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1.
The Houston native went to journalism school at musically fertile Texas A&M, where he learned to play guitar. In both Austin and Nashville, he explored alternative country music. He just release an album called “Best” that features 20 years of his fans’ favorites.
The San Francisco-based Waybacks open the show with an eclectic bluegrass-Americana act. The acoustic quintet knits together hook-laden rock, fluent fiddle waltzes, jazz-inflected rumbas, and Celtic-tinged folk into something like bluegrass, but with no banjo and lots of drumming. Explore their music, and even whacky photos from the bassist, at www.waybacks.com.
Reserved seats cost $38; lawn seats are $23, and children 12 and younger get in for $16.