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Format: CD
Sku: 63972647
UPC: 684038981021
UPC 14: 00684038981021
Release Date: 5/10/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. For Love ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
2. Mr. Wolf And Mamabear ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
3. What I Really Mean ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
4. Great Hank, The ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
5. Wild Ones, The ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
6. Long Chain ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
7. Broken End Of Love ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
8. Dark Side Of The World, The ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
9. Traveling Storm, The ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
10. Border Tragedy, A ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
11. Ride ~ Robert Earl Keen, Jr.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Robert Earl Keen, Jr. (vocals, banjo); Martin Monterroza (vocals, vihuela); Ray Price (vocals); Jorge Torres (guitar, background vocals); Rich Brotherton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cittern, mandolin, piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Marty Muse (steel guitar, dobro); Marjorie Gonzales (guitarron); Danny Barnes (banjo); Wendy Meeker (violin); Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle, viola); E.J. Jones (small pipes); John Mills (soprano saxophone); Raymundo Garcia (trumpet); Riley Osbourne (piano); Nick Connolly (electric piano, organ); Bill Whitbeck (bass instrument, background vocals); Tom Van Schaik (drums, percussion); Deani Flemmings, Sandra Miles (background vocals).
Muze PNote The godfather of Austin-scene singer/songwriters, Robert Earl Keen made his reputation on a combination of country roots and a literary songwriting perspective. His songs often owe as much to O. Henry as they do to Hank Williams, and WHAT I REALLY MEAN is no exception. Keen's novelistic eye is sharp as ever, as he tells a tall tale about the aforementioned father of country music on "The Great Hank," comes on like Bob Dylan giving a lecture about small-town politics on "Mr. Wolf and Mamabear," and makes like a down-home W.B. Yeats on "The Traveling Storm."
Muze PNote There's a surprisingly inventive production aesthetic at work here, too. In among the expected alt-country and roots-rock templates, there are such unexpected textures as the lilting soprano sax that mingles with nimble banjo picking on the title track, and the blend of Northumbrian pipes and percussive syncopation on "The Traveling Storm." Both musically and lyrically, Keen keeps his audience on its toes throughout WHAT I REALLY MEAN, taking left turns at every available opportunity.

Producer: Rich Botherton

Engineer: Rich Botherton; Stuart Sullivan

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Undone:musicfest Tribute To Robert Ea
Muze Music Compilations Americana
Muze Music Compilations Poet:tribute To Townes Van Zandt
Muze Music Compilations Sugar Hill Records:retrospective(w/ Bonus DVD)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/10/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : KOCCD 9810
Music Label Name Label : eOne
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00684038981021

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.80)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "Keen has always mitigated his soft twang and bluegrass instrumentation with singer-songwriterly gold sounds..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "The songs turn on his singularly nuanced writing approach, marked by surprising detail and great sensitivity."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Keen,Robert Earl
Product attributeLabel:   Koch Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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