The world of country music is in mourning as it bids farewell to one of its most influential figures, Charlie Robison.
The Texas-born singer-songwriter passed away at the age of 59 following a cardiac arrest. His death was announced by his wife, Kristen Robison, who requested prayers for their family during this difficult time.
Robison’s journey in the music industry began in the late 1980s when he played in local Austin bands such as Two Hoots and a Holler. He later formed his own band, Millionaire Playboys, before launching his solo career in 1996 with his debut album, ‘Bandera.’
His unique blend of raw and gritty country music resonated with fans and inspired a generation of artists.
RIP Charlie Robison
We’ll see you around heaven, whenever we get out that way.
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— Galleywinter (@galleywinter) September 10, 2023
However, Robison’s career was cut short in 2018 when complications from a surgical procedure on his throat left him unable to sing.
Despite this setback, he remained a beloved figure in the country music scene, with his 2001 album ‘Step Right Up’ featuring his only Top 40 country song, ‘I Want You Bad’.
Robison’s personal life was as rich as his professional one. He was a devoted father to four children, three of whom were from his first marriage to Emily Strayer, a founding member of the superstar country band The Chicks.
His family was a wellspring of talent, with his brother Bruce Robison and sister Robyn Ludwick also making their mark in the music industry.
Robison’s passing has left a void in the hearts of many, including his sister Robyn, who expressed her grief on Facebook, stating her heart was “broken in the deepest most irreparable way.”
She urged fans to honor her brother’s memory by playing his music on repeat, as he would have wanted.
Born and from Houston, TX
His song “My Hometown” is top 3 greatest Texas Country Songs of all time
— TEXAS FOREVER (@_TexasForever) September 10, 2023
Tributes have poured in from fans and friends alike, reflecting the profound impact Robison had on the country music scene.
Amy Rudy Oates, a fan, described him as an “OG in the Texas Music scene” whose music “changed the world and influenced countless artists and musicians”. Another fan, Blake Swanson, credited Robison’s music for shaping his life.
Robison’s legacy will live on through his music and the countless lives he touched. His raw and authentic approach to country music was a breath of fresh air in an industry often dominated by commercial interests.
His loss is a stark reminder of the fleeting nature of life, but his music will continue to inspire and comfort generations to come.
As we remember Charlie Robison, let us celebrate his life and contributions to country music. His spirit will forever echo in the heart of every song he wrote and every note he sang.