Free Charlie Robison show at The Bomb Factory 6/11/155.25.15
Charlie Robison will playing a FREE show at The Bomb Factory on June 11th! Robison has been supplying us with country hits since the mid 90’s and was even a judge on the first season of Nashville Star. His biggest hits include “My Hometown”,”El Cerrito Place”, and “I Want You Bad”.
Robison’s latest album, High Life, debuted in 2013 and featured the hits “Brand New Me” and “The Girls From Texas”. Since his album release he has toured extensively, mainly around Texas and the surrounding states. During his live shows, Robison is known to cover many famous classic rock songs, such as, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC), “Call Me The Breeze” (JJ Cale), and even “Rocket Man” by Elton John. He has also covered various Rolling Stones, as well as Willie Nelson songs.
The show is June 11th at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. Doors open at 7:30 PM and Charlie is scheduled to take the stage at 8:00.
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.
His live band includes Mark Tokach (lead guitar), Abe Combest (Drums), Zeke Benenate (bass) J.C. Burt (steel guitar) and Chris Valdez (road manager/additional guitar). Prior to Beautiful Day, his band was known as The Enablers and included Keith Robinson (drums), Scott Esbeck (bass) and Travis Woodard (drums). Other notable members have included Kim Deschamps (pedal & lap steel, mandolin & guitar from 2000–2009), Kevin Carroll (guitar), Chris Grady (bass), Louis Landry (keyboards/accordion), 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”).