Texas Singer-Songwriter, Charlie Robison, Passes Away at 59
San Antonio, TX – Charlie Robison, the acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter known for his rootsy anthems, has tragically passed away at the age of 59. Robison died at a hospital in San Antonio after suffering cardiac arrest and facing other complications.
Robison’s musical journey began in the late 1980s when he started playing in local Austin bands. It wasn’t long before he formed his own band, the Millionaire Playboys. In 1996, Robison released his solo debut album titled “Bandera,” paying homage to the Texas Hill Country town where his family owned a ranch.
His career took a pivotal turn when Robison signed with Sony’s Lucky Dog imprint in 1998. The label dedicated itself to producing raw country music. One of Robison’s most notable accomplishments came in 2001 with the release of his album “Step Right Up,” which spawned his only Top 40 country hit, “I Want You Bad.”
Robison’s musical talent extended beyond his own performances. He also served as a judge on the reality TV show “Nashville Star,” where aspiring country musicians competed for a recording contract.
Sadly, in 2018, Robison shared devastating news with his fans. Following a surgical procedure on his throat, he permanently lost the ability to sing. As a result, Robison retired from both the stage and studio, marking the end of a remarkable musical career.
Beyond his contributions to the country music scene, Robison will be remembered for his personal life. He is survived by his wife, Kristen Robison, as well as four children and stepchildren. Prior to marrying Kristen, Robison was previously married to Emily Strayer, a member of the band The Chicks. The former couple had three children together before divorcing in 2008.
Memorial services for Charlie Robison will be held in the coming days, although specific details are pending. His passing leaves a void in the Texas music community and sends shockwaves throughout the industry. Robison’s musical talent and heartfelt lyrics will undoubtedly continue to resonate with fans for years to come.
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