Charlie Robison

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Charles Fitzgerald "Charlie" Robison (born September 1, 1964) is an American country music singer/songwriter. His brother, Bruce Robison, and his sister, Robyn Ludwick, are also singer/songwriters.


After an injury in college ended a potential football career, Charlie Robison came to Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and had stints in the bands Chaparral, Millionaire Playboys, and Two Hoots and a Holler. He went solo with his album "Bandera" in 1996. He subsequently signed with Sony and released "Life of the Party" on Sony's subsidiary Lucky Dog Records. The album gave him three of his biggest hits including "My Hometown." His next release was a live disc called "Unleashed Live," which is credited to Charlie, brother Bruce, and Jack Ingram. He then signed with Columbia Records for "Step Right Up" and another live album.

In 2003, Robison was a judge on the first season of the TV singing competition Nashville Star.

Unhappy with the expectations & limitations of being a Nashville country artist, he moved to a smaller independent label, Dualtone, for "Good Times" in 2004, followed by extensive touring and newfound control over his career. Accordingly, his sound began to evolve away from mainstream/Nashville country and toward more Southern & hard rock influences.

Five years after the release of Good Times, Robison released Beautiful Day on June 23, 2009 on Dualtone. This is the first CD he has self-produced. Both albums feature several songs written by Nashville singer/songwriter Keith Gattis.

His song "Good Times" was featured in the credits of HBO's original series True Blood in the first season's third episode.

In 2009 he embarked on an East Coast tour with stops in Little Rock, Nashville, Atlanta, Raleigh, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa City, and Memphis to promote "Beautiful Day." Since then he has played primarily in Texas, with occasional shows in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

He is known for playing classic rock covers during his live shows. Some of these include: "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Highway to Hell" (AC/DC), "Call me the Breeze" (Lynyrd Skynyrd), "Rocket Man" (Elton John), and several Rolling Stones songs, including "Dead Flowers" and "Honky Tonk Women." He also plays several songs associated with Willie Nelson, including "Whiskey River" and "Stay all Night."

His live band includes: Mark Tokach (lead guitar), Abe Combest (drums), Louis Landry (keyboards/accordion), and Chris Grady (bass). Most of his recordings feature The Enablers: Keith Robinson (drums) and Scott Esbeck (bass). Other notable ex-band members include Kim Deschamps (pedal steel, lep steel, mandolin, guitar from 2000"2009), Kevin Carroll (guitar), Jens Pinkernell (guitar), and Kris Brown (bass). His recordings have also featured special guests Lloyd Maines (who produced Step Right Up and Good Times), Rich Brotherton, Charlie Sexton, and Natalie Maines (duet on "The Wedding Song" and harmony vocals on El Cerrito Place).


He married Emily Erwin of The Dixie Chicks in 1999. They have three children together: Charles Augustus, called "Gus", born November 11, 2002 and twins Julianna Tex (9:19 pm, 6 lb 10 oz) and Henry Benjamin (9:29 pm, 6 lb 14 oz), born on April 14, 2005. Charlie and Emily divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
  • Release date: August 6, 1996
  • Label: Viero Records
" "
Life of the Party
  • Release date: September 8, 1998
  • Label: Lucky Dog
71 "
Unleashed Live
(with Jack Ingram
and Bruce Robison)
  • Release date: September 26, 2000
  • Label: Lucky Dog
" "
Step Right Up
  • Release date: April 10, 2001
  • Label: Columbia Records
27 23
  • Release date: May 6, 2003
  • Label: Columbia Records
51 "
Good Times
  • Release date: September 21, 2004
  • Label: Dualtone Records
52 "
Beautiful Day
  • Release date: June 23, 2009
  • Label: Dualtone Records
33 25
""" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1999 "Barlight" 60 Life of the Party
2000 "My Hometown" 65
"Poor Man's Son" 67
2001 "I Want You Bad" 35 Step Right Up
"Right Man for the Job" "
2003 "Walter" 58 Live
2004 "El Cerrito Place" " Good Times
2005 "Photograph" "
2006 "Wild Man from Borneo" " Why the Hell Not:
The Songs of Kinky Friedman
2009 "Reconsider" " Beautiful Day
"Down Again" "
2010 "Feelin' Good" "
""" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
1998 "Barlight" Adrian Pasdar
1999 "My Hometown"
2000 "Poor Man's Son" Adam Little
2001 "I Want You Bad" Trey Fanjoy
"Right Man for the Job"
2004 "El Cerrito Place" Adrian Pasdar
2005 "Photograph"


He appeared on Kindred Spirits: A tribute to Johnny Cash, singing "Don't Take Your Guns to Town".

In 2006, Charlie Robison performed "Wildman from Borneo" on the Kinky Friedman tribute "Why the hell not..." The songs of Kinky Friedman.

See also

  • Music of Austin

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