10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having divorced Dixie Chick Emily Erwin in 2008 after nine years of marriage, you’d expect Charlie Robison’s 2009 album to open with the kind of embittered divorcee twang that country music fans are used to. But the uplifting “Beautiful Day” reminds us that severance can be a friendly process amongst mature people. The catchy title track muses on the woman he lost while simultaneously poking fun at her, so yes, Robison’s fifth studio long-player is a divorce album. But the tunes here play with a bit more maturity and complicated subject matter than your usual honky-tonk jukebox gems based on broken hearts and bruised egos. Of course it’s not all California sunshine and therapy sessions — in the fast-talking, country-rocking “Yellow Blues” he all but calls his ex a coward — then in the slow burning “Down Again” he blames himself for blowing it with her and faces his own music with a realistic sleep-in-the-bed-you-made redemption. He closes with an eerily sad version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Racing In The Street” because even a songwriter as good as Robison sometimes needs the tunes of others to recognize his pain.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having divorced Dixie Chick Emily Erwin in 2008 after nine years of marriage, you’d expect Charlie Robison’s 2009 album to open with the kind of embittered divorcee twang that country music fans are used to. But the uplifting “Beautiful Day” reminds us that severance can be a friendly process amongst mature people. The catchy title track muses on the woman he lost while simultaneously poking fun at her, so yes, Robison’s fifth studio long-player is a divorce album. But the tunes here play with a bit more maturity and complicated subject matter than your usual honky-tonk jukebox gems based on broken hearts and bruised egos. Of course it’s not all California sunshine and therapy sessions — in the fast-talking, country-rocking “Yellow Blues” he all but calls his ex a coward — then in the slow burning “Down Again” he blames himself for blowing it with her and faces his own music with a realistic sleep-in-the-bed-you-made redemption. He closes with an eerily sad version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Racing In The Street” because even a songwriter as good as Robison sometimes needs the tunes of others to recognize his pain.

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About Charlie Robison

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 and country; stints in the bands Chaparral and Two Hoots & a Holler followed, and he also joined the Millionaire Playboys, an all-star Austin ensemble. After contributing to albums from Alejandro Escovedo and Kelly Willis, Robison made his solo debut in 1995 with Bandera; Life of the Party followed three years later. Teaming up with his younger brother, Bruce, and fellow Texan Jack Ingram, in 2000 the trio released the appropriately named Unleashed Live. A second studio effort, Step Right Up, was issued in spring 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Bandera, TX
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    September 1, 1964

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