Bruce Robison supplies the fun
The Broken Spoke, Austin, TX, Nov. 9, 2002
By Andy Turner
AUSTIN - The Broken Spoke, along with Tootsie’s Orchard Lounge in Nashville, is one of the holy honky-tonks of America. Country musicians, including legends like Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price and a host of others, have performed in this neon temple with the low-ceiling since 1964. It’s a place where a fast-dancing old man might steal your date or a stranger will tell you about the night “Trashy Women” author Chris Wall got mad about the sparse crowd and punched several holes in the door to the men’s restroom.
On this particular Saturday night, it was Bruce Robison’s turn to fulfill a pure and simple purpose there: to make sure the folks on the dance floor didn’t have a reason to stop movin’.
And the Bandera native and his band were more than capable of performing this important duty all night long.
Over the course of the more than three hours, Robison and company cranked out song after song, with very little talking and just one break.
They played his songs about the wild side of life like “12 Bar Blues” and “The Good Life” along side a long list from the Texas music canon: “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “Stay a Little Longer,” “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Thinking Problem.”
They played sad songs (“Desperately” and “Just Married”) and story songs (“Travelin’ Soldier” and “My Brother and Me”) and funny songs (“What Would Willie Do”) and Merle Haggard songs (“Big City” and “Silver Wings”).
Through it all the dancers never stopped two-stepping and shuffling and twisting away the night and by all appearances, having a whole lot of fun. You could go on and on about how Robison is talented as a songwriter and performer, but let’s just say he’s an excellent supplier of fun.