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  • Live at Billy Bob's Texas (Smith Music, 2013)

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When last heard from, Charlie Robison released "Good Times " back in 2005 on Dualtone. No new music since, and in this day and age with the music business in dire straits, waiting so long could be a death sentence for a singer. Fans move on and often aren't so ready to come back. But the long tall Texan has a ready-made reason for his absence from the scene, which ended in June with the release of the optimistically titled "Beautiful Day" on Dualtone.  ...
Can it be true that at age 40 Charlie Robison is no longer the life of the party? The Texan is sleeping off a two-week road trip promoting yet another fine album, "Good Times," after hitting radio stations and shows. In other words, the guy needs some rest after being up from early morning for radio station visits until two or three the next morning, a situation that "has taken its toll," says Robison in an interview from his ranch in Medina, Texas. But Robison must make the push. It's been three long years since Robison released his last album, and a lot has changed for Robison in the interim, both personally and professionally.  ...
Last time out, Charlie Robison's major label debut was entitled "Life of the Party." Only there was no song by that name among the 12. Fast forward a few years to "Step Right Up," the Texan's follow-up album. Closing track - you got it - "Life of the Party," about a husband and wife who seem to know their way around the good times quite well. And showing that he isn't afraid to push the envelope, Robison manages lyrical twists and turns. Just when the listener thinks a scatological  ...
Charlie Robison's music isn't much different sonically from that of a typical New Country artist. His blend of country and rock would be right at home on most FM country stations. Where Robison differentiates himself is in his tell-it-like-it-is style of songwriting. In sharp contrast to country radio, where heartwarming songs like "26 Cents," "Cover You in Kisses" and "I'll Go on Loving You" dominate the charts, Robison's major label album, ironically titled "Life of the Party," features songs about heartbreak, murder and life in the poorhouse.  ...

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