“Keen and company kept things moving both literally and figuratively. Van Schaik pounded out the beat and the country rock thundered.”
– Iowa Gazzette

 

Keen’s cover of “Flying Shoes” a thumping arrangement that retains the haunting feeling of Townes Van Zandt’s original, and kicks off “Something I Do” with a double-take of a drum loop that blossoms quickly into one of the record’s best songs.” – No Depression Magazine

 

Every member made contributions as they galloped through a story-filled Texas road atlas of songs. The steel guitar work of Marty Muse and the drumming of Tom Van Schaik were especially outstanding…(playing) seamlessly and with verve…” – Ft Worth Star Telegram

 

“I have a really good road band. They’re entertainers and they can hold their own against most studio guys, too”  – Robert Earl Keen

 

“Musically, Keen and his band are chameleon-like when it comes to musical styles. The rhythm section floats effortlessly between country, rock, jazz and Caribbean time signatures without sounding like an over-caffeinated hotel-bar band. The musical shifts are subtle but substantial enough to keep things interesting. “Ready for Confetti” is a welcome bastion of light in the darkness that currently hangs over contemporary music.” –  Kinston.com

 

“The musicianship on Ready for Confetti is professional and slick, which is basically status-quo … he’s got a longtime band of crack-players who utilize everything from Hammond B3 organs to congas to keep things from getting dusty…. the knee-slapping percussion on “I Gotta Go” is notable.”   – popmatters.com

 

“Keen let his fabulous band carry the musical load. Guitarist Rich Brotherton, pedal steel player Marty Muse, bassist Bill Whitbeck and drummer Tom Van Schaik stayed connected to the songs and each other, and exhibited just the right touch on each one. Every singer-songwriter should be supported so well. Keen went out of his way to show his respect for them, introducing his bandmates before the “Rollin’ By” opener and again later as a group as well as also spotlighting them individually through the night.” – ChicagoConcertGoers.com

 

Among the intriguing notions he and Maines cooked up together was eliminating cymbals from the sound. “Cymbals sometimes compete too much with the vocals. It was a bit of a capricious decision,” Keen admits with a chuckle. “[Drummer] Tom Van Schaik had to play with one hand behind his back, so to speak. But all the musicians moved to a new level of greatness.” – M-Music & Musicians