According to a lyric on Ready for Confetti, Texas-based country singer Robert Earl Keen's latest album, "Real cowboys say the party never ends and the road goes on and on." Maybe he's just trying to make himself out to be a real cowboy, but the line reads more like Keen's mantra. In recent years, the graying twangster has made touring a ritual, and he hasn't lost his sense of humor. For his recent Christmas shows in Austin, he and his band wore wild, ostentatious, almost Halloween-like costumes, and he recently held his own beard contest online. Good thing this "real cowboy" doesn't have any real cattle to tend to; he's too busy partying. With Andrea Davidson.
Wed., Jan. 23, 8 p.m., 2013