Producers: Gurf Morlix, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Kennedy.
Recorded at Arlyn Studios, Austin, Texas.
Part of a long line of Texas singer-songwriters whose ranks include Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and buddy Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen has made his name over the years as a master storyteller. For his Lost Highway Records debut, Keen maintains this reputation with an array of eclectic characters and their exploits. Among the more notable protagonists are the down-and-out lover fleeing from a busted-up relationship to the Big Easy in "Hello New Orleans" and the homeless drifter floating through the poignant "Not A Drop Of Rain." Elsewhere, Langston Hughes, Woody Guthrie, and Cesar Chavez rub elbows in the heavenly way station of "Goin' Nowhere Blues," while a lonesome traveler wrestles with the prickly facets of heartbreak throughout "Fallin' Out."
When he's notplying his own colorful narratives, the former journalism major does a fine job of interpreting fellow troubadours. Among those artists getting their due are Johnny Cash (a gorgeous "I Still Miss Someone"), Terry Allen (the hilarious honky-tonk flavored "High Plains Jamboree"), and the dean of Texas singer-songwriters, Townes Van Zandt (the ethereal "Snowing On Raton"). GRAVITATIONAL FORCES reaffirms Robert Earl Keen's deserved place amongst the pantheon of legendary Texas raconteurs past and present.
What the critics say...
CMJ (7/30/01, p.34) - "...It's music with smarts and heart..."
- My Home Ain't In The Hall Of Fame
- Hello New Orleans
- Wild Wind
- Not A Drop Of Rain
- I Still Miss Someone
- Fallin' Out
- High Plains Jamboree
- Walkin' Cane
- Goin' Nowhere Blues
- Snowin' On Raton
- Gravitational Forces
- Road Goes On Forever, The
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