Charlie Robison, the Texas singer-songwriter known for his country music hits, has passed away at the age of 59. He died in a San Antonio hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest and other health complications.
Charlie started his music career in the late 1980s, playing in local bands in Austin, Texas, like Two Hoots and a Holler, before forming his own group called the Millionaire Playboys. In 1996, he released his first solo album called “Bandera,” named after a town in the Texas Hill Country where his family had a ranch for generations.
In 1998, Charlie signed with Sony’s Lucky Dog label, which focused on rawer country music. His 2001 album “Step Right Up” gave him his only Top 40 country hit with the song “I Want You Bad.”
In 2018, Charlie sadly announced that he could no longer sing due to complications from a throat surgery. He retired from performing and recording music.
Charlie Robison also served as a judge on the reality TV show “Nashville Star,” where contestants competed for a country music recording contract.
He is survived by his wife, Kristen Robison, and four children and stepchildren. Three of his children are from his first marriage to Emily Strayer, a founding member of the country band The Chicks. They divorced in 2008.
Charlie’s breakup with Strayer inspired songs on his 2009 album “Beautiful Day.” He recorded the album in a loft apartment in San Antonio, and many people found his music relatable to their own experiences.
His last album, “High Life,” was released in 2013 and had a rock influence. It included a cover of Bob Dylan’s song “When I Paint My Masterpiece.”
Memorial services to remember Charlie Robison are being planned.