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Beautiful Day

Charlie Robison

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Album Review

Texan Charlie Robison built up quite a following in his native state and around the country with his first two Americana-bleached albums. Robison's balls-out, hardcore troubadour image and music were as real as the scuffs on his boots. As his career was gaining steam, the singer/songwriter married Emily Erwin of the Dixie Chicks. Robison released two studio albums while married to Erwin, 2001's Step Right Up and 2004's Good Times, but his music took a backseat (in the media at least) to his marriage. After Good Times, Robison vanished for nearly five years before resurfacing in 2009 with Beautiful Day, a ten-song collection that was written and recorded during his divorce from Erwin. The singer's marital split clearly influenced the songwriting and song selection for Beautiful Day. Robison channels the ghost of heartache on tracks like the saturnine "Down Again" and the equally melancholic "Reconsider." The latter, a jingle-jangle country number with whimpering steel guitar and rippling organ, is a pain-soaked tune that cuts to the core of loneliness. "Yellow Blues" borrows the backbone from Steve Earle's "I Feel Alright," and marries it to a pointed set of lyrics. "Promises are overrated/vows have just become outdated, ain't it true," Robison sings. It's not all black clouds and thunder on Beautiful Day. "Feelin' Good" is a ray of Americana sunshine. Robison bangs out a folky rhythm on his acoustic guitar as mandolin and accordion punctuate the cheery melody and lyrics. Other than a pedestrian cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in the Street,," Beautiful Day is a solid effort from one of Americana's most underappreciated singer/songwriters.

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Hilly

Heard reconsider on the radio so decided to listen to a few other songs on this album and it's all amazing stuff! A must have for any road trip :)

Biography

Born: 01 September 1964 in Bandera, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Texas singer/songwriter Charlie Robison was born in Houston and raised on his family's ranch in the town of Bandera; absorbing the music he heard on the local honky tonk scene, he and brother Bruce — later an acclaimed performer in his own right — were also brought up on artists ranging from Black Sabbath to Gram Parsons to Bruce Springsteen. After discovering the thriving music scene in nearby Austin at age 15, Robison began writing his own material, drawing equal influence from rock...
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