Charlie Robison, the acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter known for his rootsy anthems, has sadly passed away at the age of 59. This comes after complications from a medical procedure left him unable to sing, forcing him into retirement.
A Musical Journey from Austin to Country Success
Robison's musical journey began in the late 1980s, where he played in local Austin bands such as Two Hoots and a Holler. Later, he formed his own band called the Millionaire Playboys. In 1996, he released his solo debut album, "Bandera," named after the town in Texas Hill Country where his family owned a ranch.
Making Waves with Sony's Lucky Dog Imprint
In 1998, Robison attracted attention from Sony and eventually signed with their Lucky Dog imprint, known for its focus on raw and authentic country music. It was with this label that Robison's 2001 album, "Step Right Up," achieved significant success. The album produced his only Top 40 country song, "I Want You Bad."
An Unexpected Loss and Retirement from the Stage
Tragically, in 2018, Robison announced that he had permanently lost the ability to sing due to complications from a surgical procedure on his throat. With a heavy heart, he shared on Facebook, "Therefore, with a very heavy heart I am officially retiring from the stage and studio."
A Presence on and off the Screen
During his career, Robison also had the opportunity to serve as a judge on the reality TV show "Nashville Star." The show brought together talented musicians competing for a country music recording contract while living together. Robison's expertise and passion for country music made him a valuable addition to the show's panel.
A Legacy of Love and Family
Charlie Robison is survived by his wife, Kristen Robison, along with his four children and stepchildren. He had three children with his first wife, Emily Strayer, who is a founding member of the renowned country band, The Chicks. Despite their divorce in 2008, Robison's love for his children endured.
Honoring a Legend
Memorial services for Charlie Robison are currently pending. As we remember this talented singer-songwriter and his contribution to the world of music, let us cherish his spirit and the lasting impact he has left behind.