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Album Review

While categories like alternative country can help identify the kind of music a certain artist plays, they can also be confusing. If a singer like Charlie Robison plays country music but doesn't receive play on mainstream country music stations, does that automatically make him alternative? Or do lyrics like "For your footprint in the sand, did you hear the ocean singin'" make him a singer/songwriter with country backing? Good Times conjures up such questions because Robison isn't a mainstream country singer, but seems like he's playing country music because it's part of who he is and how he thinks, not because a friend loaned him a George Jones album in college. The title cut is an upbeat ode to having a big time by getting stoned out of one's gourd, the type of song Merle Haggard used to toss off without a thought. "The Bottom," on the other hand, is a sad weeper about the woman who got away, a song that Jones might've sung in his heyday. Then again, Robison's entertaining and raunchy "Love Means Never Having to Say You're Hungry" probably couldn't be played on country radio even if a DJ wanted to. It's times like these when Robison sounds a bit too clever for straight country. His band, however, utilizes acoustic guitars, fiddles, and Dobros, and these arrangements keep the whole affair grounded. Good Times finally qualifies as solid country release that will nonetheless appeal to the alternative crowd. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Dance Hall Music

If you do not like this music then you have never danced in Texas-- at Greune Hall, or the Bluebonnet in Uvalde, or that famous Floore's Country Store in Helotes. Maybe you have never danced at all. The best cut is New Year's Day but this is all great dance music. Love it.

Good Times

A fun, cool, enjoyable song.

A great album!

I'd give it 5 stars alone, just for "El Cerrito Place". What a beautiful song.

Biography

Born: September 1, 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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