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An icon in his home state of Texas, country-folk songwriter Robert Earl Keen has created a catalog of memorable hits over the past three decades. With the release of his 16th album, Ready for Confetti (Lost Highway, $11), Keen takes a look back at his prolific discography.

No Kinda Dancer (1984) “My first album. I was a total novice. I went from being a guy who barely could order a pizza to making a whole record.”

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West Textures (1989) “[The producer] said, ‘I don’t hear a song that’s going to anchor this record’ and he kind of threatened to cancel the sessions. This was on a Friday. Well, I finished ‘The Road Goes On ?Forever’ over the weekend, went in and played it, and he said, ‘That’s the song!’ ”

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A Bigger Piece of Sky (1993) “I wanted to write these really cool tales that were influenced by John Cheever stories — where you start with something mundane and take a serious left turn. It’s still a really special record for me.”

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Walking Distance (1998) “By this time, I’d gotten a lot more comfortable with the studio. I finally felt at ease with all the sonic options, and there are a lot of cool swirly sounds on that record that all fit.”

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Ready for Confetti (2011) “My joke is that no cymbals were harmed in the making of this record. We said, let’s make a rhythm with everything but cymbals. We had a ball.”