Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee
Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee

Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee

When it comes to making Christmas memories, Texas country icon Robert Earl Keen tells the tale of a particular Christmas that inspired one of his most popular songs, “Merry Christmas from the Family.” On Friday, December 20, 2013, Robert Earl Keen, along with The Front Porch Boys (His band), made a tour stop at Austin’s ACL-Live making the music as wonderful as the songs. The intimate setting of ACL-Live suited his performance and his style perfectly, a very intimate setting allowing for what felt like a personal experience.

Robert Earl Keen was funny, engaging, and sounded great.  His set list was a great mix of old and new songs, and fans look up to him as one of Texas’s most popular and consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors.  He speaks to the crowd throughout the evening and Keen’s dry humor, baritone voice and onstage demeanor made for a perfect night of holiday cheer and celebration.


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Photo Credit:  ©2013 Sara Kruger

Set List:

  • Feelin’ Good Again
  • Gringo Honeymoon
  • Goin’ Down in Style
  • It’s the Little Things
  • Hoodoo Man
  • Laughing River
  • (Greg Brown cover)
  • Then Came Lo Mein
  • Village Inn Motel
  • A Border Tragedy
  • Five Pound Bass
  • Shades of Gray
  • Amarillo Highway
  • (Terry Allen cover)
  • That Buckin’ Song
  • Corpus Christi Bay
  • Play a Train Song
  • (Todd Snider cover)
  • Ready for Confetti
  • The Road Goes On Forever
  • I’m Comin’ Home


  • Merry Christmas From the Family
  • Feliz Navidad


Suzanne Cordeiro
Suzanne Cordeiro
Experienced marketing professional; Live music photographer and writer covering the music scene, the arts, SWSW, festivals, local events, family attractions, Broadway, and travel. Social media enthusiast with a passion for events marketing, music and photography. As a marketing consultant, I enjoy learning and teaching about using social media tools to build relationships and drive business.