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Stagecoach 2016: Robert Earl Keen on Merle Haggard and Blaze Foley

Stagecoach 2016: Robert Earl Keen on Merle Haggard and Blaze Foley

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen has always had a great capacity for spinning yarns in song, but it was a tale straight from real life that he shared over the weekend about his meeting once upon a time with Merle Haggard.

“We were both playing some festival in Texas,” Keen, 60, recalled backstage a few minutes before his performance Friday at the 2016 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, where he’d headed after wrapping up some recent tour dates with Lyle Lovett.

“It was in the ‘80s or ‘90s, and at one point he walked up to me and said, ‘Well.....tell me about Blaze Foley’,” Keen said, referring...

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