Robert Earl Keen, who performs at Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points on Jan. 27, is closely associated with the music of his native Texas. He grew up in Houston, attended Texas A & M and began his career in earnest in Austin. The Texas Hill Country and the American Southwest provide the settings for many of his songs. Keen describes himself is a visual songwriter, he writes about what he sees. He says if he lived in Georgia there would be more trees in his songs.