Texas Singer-Songwriter Charlie Robison Dies at 59 after Complications from Medical Procedure
SAN ANTONIO - Charlie Robison, the beloved Texas singer-songwriter known for his rootsy anthems, passed away on Sunday at the age of 59. Robison died at a hospital in San Antonio after suffering cardiac arrest and other complications, according to a family representative. His death comes after a long and storied music career that spanned several decades.
Robison's journey in the music industry began in the late 1980s when he played in local Austin bands, including Two Hoots and a Holler. He eventually formed his own band called Millionaire Playboys. In 1996, Robison released his solo debut album titled "Bandera," named after the town in the Texas Hill Country where his family has had a ranch for generations. This album showcased his unique blend of country, rock, and Americana influences.
In 1998, Robison caught the attention of Sony and signed with its Lucky Dog imprint, a label dedicated to rawer country sounds. It was during this period that Robison gained commercial success, with his 2001 album "Step Right Up" producing his only Top 40 country hit, "I Want You Bad." His music resonated with fans, capturing the essence of life in Texas.
Tragically, in 2018, Robison announced that he had permanently lost his ability to sing following a surgical procedure on his throat. In a heartfelt message on Facebook, he expressed his heavy heart and officially retired from the stage and studio. Despite this devastating setback, Robison continued to make an impact as a judge on the USA Network's reality TV show "Nashville Star." His experience and expertise helped aspiring country music artists navigate the competitive industry.
Robison is survived by his wife, Kristen Robison, and four children and stepchildren. Three of his children were from his first marriage to Emily Strayer, a founding member of the popular country band The Chicks. The couple divorced in 2008, and their breakup served as inspiration for songs on Robison's 2009 album "Beautiful Day."
Known for his relatable and honest songwriting, Robison's music often touched the hearts of listeners going through their own struggles. His 2013 album “High Life” showcased his versatility with a rock-infused sound and included a cover version of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece." Robison's music was a reflection of his own experiences and emotions, resonating with fans on a deep level.
Memorial services for Robison are currently pending, giving family, friends, and fans an opportunity to pay their respects and celebrate his life. The news of his passing has devastated the music community, with tributes pouring in to honor his contributions to the Texas music scene. Robison's sister, Robyn Ludwick, took to social media to share her heartbreak and encourage fans to play his music in his memory.
The loss of Charlie Robison leaves a void in the music world, but his legacy will forever live on through his timeless songs. His ability to capture the essence of Texas and create music that touched the hearts of many will be remembered fondly by fans and fellow musicians alike.
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