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Robert Earl Keen coming to Macon for Christmas concert

Country musician Robert Earl Keen will come to Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre on Nov. 30 for his “Back to the Country Jamboree” concert.
Country musician Robert Earl Keen will come to Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre on Nov. 30 for his “Back to the Country Jamboree” concert. Courtesy of Robert Earl Keen

Texas musician Robert Earl Keen is heading to Macon as part of a holiday music tour.

But Keen, who debuted his country music career in 1984 with “No Kinda Dancer,” hasn’t always been the festive type.

“I was always a little skeptical of the Christmas scene,” Keen said.

He attributes his previous skepticism to an unconventional upbringing as seen in his 1994 holiday hit “Merry Christmas from the Family.” The alternative country song celebrates a Christmas holiday of chaos, family drunkenness and gritty humor.

Keen’s upcoming holiday music tour will deliver nothing less than a good time with a bit of spoof.

On Nov. 30 he’s coming to the Cox Capitol Theatre to perform a Christmas concert. Tickets range from $35 to $50 and can be purchased online. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m.

The singer-songwriter, who has produced 18 full-length albums since then and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, said the concert is like a Broadway show featuring over-the-top sets and costumes.

“We have the world’s largest can of fake snow,” Keen said. “We have the world’s largest box of tampons.”

Keen said this year’s holiday tour is being called “Back to the Country Jamboree,” as the holiday bash celebrates country rock music.

Band members will be decked out as rock music icons. One member will be dressed as Tom Petty and another as Neil Young.

Keen will be the M.C. as he puts it. He said his goal is to get people into the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas concert is now in its sixth year and has had major success in Texas.

“We became the Jimmy Buffett of December,” Keen said.

This upcoming tour is the first time Keen and his bandmates are taking the show out-of-state and on the road. The band will travel by bus, and Keen said it will be a little crowded with all of the costumes and props on board.

“It’s a rigorous effort, but it’s worth it,” Keen said.

The Macon show will be a return performance for Keen, who played downtown a few years back. It will be one of only two Georgia stops during Keen’s tour.

The now-Christmas enthusiast will be celebrating with his children this holiday.

“Christmas is at home,” Keen said.

Robert Earl Keen

Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St., Macon

When: Nov. 30. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Cost: $35 - $50

Information: 478-257-6391, www.coxcapitoltheatre.com