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Robert Earl Keen is coming to The State Theatre

STATE COLLEGE — “The road goes on forever…” It’s not always easy to sum up a career –let alone a life’s ambition –so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it.

You can complete the lyric with the next five words –the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) –just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick.

Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible. Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album –with 19 records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead –Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever.

Keen will be performing at The State Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 18 beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $42.50 for orchestra and balcony seating and can be purchased by visiting www.thestatetheatre.org.