Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune. But Robert Earl Keen, whose signature song is “The Road Goes On Forever,” just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible. He created the Americana Podcast: the 51st State (, which he also hosts. His music ranges from country to bluegrass to rock, and his songs have been recorded by artists including George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, and Shawn Colvin.