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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000DFSN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After 1997's Picnic, an uneven attempt to cross over to the rock side of the alternative-country divide, this Bandera, Texas, singer-songwriter returns to sounds and themes closer to home. Brimming with fiddle, mandolin, and slinky honky-tonk guitars, Keen's eighth album has the lyrical depth and humor of his best work. At the center is a four-song outlaw suite, beginning with Norman Blake's little-known gem "Billy Gray" and ending with the drifter's lament "Still Without You," in which Keen sings, "I climbed the mountains and I swept the plains / I crossed the border and I broke my chains / I walked the back roads till my shoes wore through / I'm still without you." And while the album closes with the bonus coda "Happy Holidays Y'All" (a hysterical sequel to his classic "Merry Christmas from the Family," presented in two giddy takes), Walking Distance finds Keen rediscovering the intense poetry of his Texas muse. --Roy Kasten

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[For Robert Earl Keen] the true wonders lie on the road. He captures those in a sound as fresh and wide-open as the wanderlust inhabiting songs like "Down That Dusty Trail" and "Travelin' Light." -- USA Today

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Robert Keen is a Texas treasure!
Bt
I bought this just album mostly to complete my collection of his albums, but after listening, it has become one of my favorite REK albums.
Eric
This is a must buy for all REK fans and is certainly more than a worthy introduction to one of America's most unique musical talents.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Cavanaugh (derby158@msn.com) on December 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Robert Earl Keen's songs have often been about going places. From his classic The Road Goes On Forever to Gringo Honeymoon, his stories celebrate the journey. In Walking Distance, the journeys come from a soul who has picked up just a little more wisdom along the trail. Down the Dusty Trail sets it up beautifully with three little rite-of- passage vignettes. Feeling Good Again then describes a time when all those journeys crystalize and the world seems to make sense for just a moment. Of course, there's fun stuff too: The infectious That Bucking Song won't leave your head for a long time. Most ambitious, of course, is the three song theme that becomes the ultimate REK journey to date. It might take a listen or two, but the lyric is clearly worth the time. This entire collection is rich with a mature and unique voice that defines Robert Earl Keen's music. Backed by Rich Brotherton's amazingly right guitar playing, it is a collection full of all the things that make you want to remember every single word. A tremendous acheivement that reminds us that all the journeys worth taking are within Walking Distance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I'm a 47 year old son of the late sixties, raised on the icons of that rock and roll era. Being fortunate enough to see many of the groups from that musical period, I developed a taste for the unusual. The music from my youth was dynamic and ever changing evoking all ranges of emotion. I first saw, and heard, Robert Earl Keen and the Robert Earl Keen Band on Austin City Nights back in 94' after returning from 36 straight hours of work. As I was falling asleep I heard "Merry Christmas from the Family" for the first time. The REK band woke me straight away and held me spell bound with their delightful music and remarkably irreverant lyrics. From that point on I was marked as a fan. I've had a bit of a hard time finding REK cd's until I discovered Amazon "music", and stumbled onto the REK treasure trove that is at Amazon. "Walking Distance" was bought sight unseen and unheard on the come that it would be typical REK fare, and disappointed I was not. From the first cut to the last this cd is nothing short of great. No two songs are alike. "Walking Distance" runs the gamut of whimsical Texas swing to the sound of zydeco from the cajun areas of Louisiana. The ballads allow one to wipe a tear while sipping a beer, or to glow with the warmth of friendship from those we value most. These guys write a wide range of the eclectic and spin a magical spell with their musical talents. I was going to compare REK and the REK band to other musical greats, but decided that would not be fair to REK et al. These guys can stand alone. "Walking Distance" is well worth the price of admission, in fact it would be a bargin at twice the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bt on September 6, 2002
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I dont get people who trash this guy. They obviously don't understand what he's all about. Robert Keen is a Texas treasure! His songwriting is absolutely heartbreaking, hilarious and honest. He writes about real people, places and things. His music is equal to his songwriting. His voice has that lonesome twang that only real lovers of Texas roots music would appreciate. Here he returns to a rootsier feel than his "Picnic' disc,(which was also great) and it's magic. A gem!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Bland on March 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
REK hits a peak with "Walking Distance." "Down That Dusty Trail" and "New Life in Old Mexico" are serious blood-pumping rockers, and "Billy Gray" may be the most beautiful song I've ever heard. He's kicking on all cylinders here: musically, thematically, lyrically, even (for REK) vocally. And "That Buckin' Song" and the rehearsed (or not, as the case may be) version of "Happy Holidays Y'all" are gut-busters. More people deserve to hear REK, not just us die-hard fans, so PLAY HIM ON THE RADIO! As for me, I'm telling everyone I know to get this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like all Robert Earl's cds i can put this one in my truck cd player and forget about it...it can play over and over and i never get tired of it. The transition process from song to song is very original..he kinda bounces around the cd...its awesome! The stories he tells and the songs are just great...i can't say enough about this guy, he's the best!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joey Austin (jaustin@fiskcorp.com) on December 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
After repeatedly replaying REK's latest release, Walking Distance, a long-time REK fan will come to a revelation: he/she does not want to continue repeating every song on the album. While tiring of an artist's CD is normally a natural occurence, REK has historically created timeless pieces of artistry which grow with each re-listen. As his first release on national-Arista, it is apparent REK was pushed for time in writing this album. While his songwriting could still serve a valuable lesson in creativity to today's "radio-friendly artists", its depth on Walking Distance is not quite to his lofty standard. HOWEVER, there is one glaring exception. "Feelin' Good Again" is both a floating lyrical ode to the comforts of coming home and a subtle tribute to Bandera, TX's legendary bar/honky tonk Arkey Blues. From the opening line "Standing down on Main St. across from Mr. Blues..." to its last refrain of "It feels so good feelin' good again", REK's rolling harmony grips the listener with its profound simplicity. It's one of those songs in which you wish there was an infinite number of verses so it could continue playing until you reach your destination. If you've followed Robert's music, you know this type of obsession over a song is common...it just normally happens more than once an album.
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