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Charlie Robison – The 2016 Tour
Charlie Robison will be filling venues all over Texas, playing in some of the most iconic and downhome concert halls and fairs. He will be drawing crowds at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Granada Theater in Dallas, and more! Don't miss out on your chance to hear the one and only Charlie Robison live – grab your tickets today!
About Charlie Robison
After an injury ended a potential football career in college, Charlie Robinson moved to Austin, Texas in the late '80s and worked with the bands Two Hoots and a Holler, Millionaire Playboys, and Chaparral. He launched his solo career with the 1996 album Bandera. He was then signed to Sony and issued Life of the Party on the Sony subsidiary Lucky Dog Records. The release generated three of his biggest singles, including "My Hometown". His following album was the concert disc Unleashed Live. He then moved to Columbia Records, through which he released Step Right Up and a second live album.
Dissatisfied with the limitations and expectations of being a Nashville country act, he relocated to the smaller independent Dualtone label and released Good Times in 2004. As he toured extensively and enjoyed more creative control, his sound started to move away from the mainstream and towards more hard rock and Southern styles.
Five years after the arrival of Good Times, Robison released his self-produced album Beautiful Day in June of 2009. The album included several tracks written by Nashville artist Keith Gattis. "Good Times", the title track, was featured in the third episode of the first season of HBO's True Blood. Also in 2009, Robison toured the East Coast, stopping in Memphis, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Raleigh, Atlanta, Nashville, and Little Rock. Most of his concerts, however, are in Texas, with occasional gigs in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Robison is known for covering classic rock songs during his concerts, including Elton John's "Rocket Man", JJ Cale's "Call Me the Breeze", AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long", and the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" and "Dead Flowers". Robison also plays several tunes associated with Willie Nelson, such as "Stay All Night" and "Whiskey River". Robison's live band includes lead guitarist Mark Tokach, drummer Abe Combest, bassist Zeke Benenate, steel guitarist J.C. Burt, and guitarist/road manager Chris Valdez.
Charlie Robison's hit singles are "My Hometown" (1999), "Barlight" (1999), "Poor Man's Son" (2000), "I Want You Bad" (2001), and "Walter" (2003). His Top 40 country albums are Step Right Up (2001) and Beautiful Day (2009).
Once upon a time, one could easily name the roots of country music. Irish, French, German, English, and even African-American styles coalesced to create this sound. Charlie Robison and his material reflect that era, but he is definitely not just alluding to a purer time. He is indebted to his musical ancestors, but he has carved out a truly unique sound. His obvious intelligence and rugged good looks could easily make him an alternative country poster boy, but a deeper listen to Step Right Up (his third album) reveals a lot more than a pretty face. The lyrics are, by turns, brutal, biting, and tender, and are offered with a wit and honesty that seldom emerges in today's country charts. Tunes of stale love, robbery, and murder capture the heart and mind of the listener with their enduring compassion and thoughtfulness. Robison recruited a sizable and diverse group of artists to create this album. Notables include his wife and Dixie Chick Emily Robison (banjo), his brother Bruce Robison (spoken word and singing), and session favorite Jim Lauderdale (backing vocals). Here, Robison tells stories more than he conveys desires or feelings – another lost tradition in today's country music. "John O'Reilly" exudes Irish inspiration with a story of a Depression-era immigrant to America, and "Desperate Times" recounts the life of a lost young man in Texas. The set also includes the funny yet unfortunately true "The Wedding Song", a duet with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. Overall, Step Right Up suggests that an alternative is sometimes an origin.
Texas native Robison amassed a considerable following around the country and his home state with his first two Americana records. His hardcore, balls-out troubadour music and image were as legit as the scuffs on his boots. As Robison's career gained steam, he married Dixie Chick Emily Erwin. He issued two studio records during his marriage, Step Right Up (2001) and Good Times (2004), but his music always came second to his marriage. After the release of Good Times, Robison disappeared for almost five years before re-emerging with 2009's Beautiful Day, a ten-track set that was written and recorded during the divorce. The artist's marital split obviously influenced the song selection and songwriting for Beautiful Day. Robison draws on his fading heartache for songs like the melancholic "Down Again" and the equally saturnine "Reconsider". The latter, a jangling country cut with rippling organ and whimpering steel guitar, is a pain-soaked number that cuts to the core of solitude. "Yellow Blues" takes the backbone of Steve Earle's "I Feel Alright" and combines it with a set of pointed and cynical lyrics. It's not all thunder and black clouds on Beautiful Day, however. "Feelin' Good" is pure Americana sunshine. On his acoustic guitar, Robison beats out a folky rhythm as accordion and mandolin punctuate the cheerful lyrics and melody. Other than an unremarkable cover of "Racing in the Street" by Bruce Springsteen, Beautiful Day is a solid offering from one of the most underappreciated Americana singer-songwriters.
In 2003, Charlie Robison was a judge on Nashville Star, the singing competition television show.
The Charlie Robison Concert Experience
Grab your friends and a couple of tickets to one of Charlie Robison's latest shows in his 2016 circuit. Charlie Robison puts on a deep and gutsy show that puts any cookie-cutter Nashville star to shame. With more than 30 years of songwriting and performing experience and a literate charisma that so few possess, Charlie Robison delivers a concert experience that takes you back to the roots of country while keeping things fresh with a bittersweet and contemporary feel. Don't miss out on your chance to see Charlie Robison live and in the flesh!
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