Singer-songwriter Charlie Robison announced to Facebook that he has officially retired from the stage and the studio. Robison shared he suffered complications from a surgical procedure he underwent this year, leaving him with the permanent inability to sing. “It’s been an amazing ride and I cannot tell you what the last 25 years has meant to me,” Robison stated. “I thank you all for everything you’ve given me and I hope I was able to give you a fraction of the happiness you gave me. It was a hell of a ride but as they say all good things must end.”
Read the rest of Robison’s statement below:
Here’s to you Charlie and to your amazing career. Thanks for giving folks like us even more inspiration to “keep on supporting this thing we call Texas/Red dirt”. Cheers!
Update: Because we are a community…just had to share the outpour of love from the Texas/Red Dirt scene. Read reactions below as folks share memories and words of encouragement for Robison…
Damn Charlie Robison. Don’t even know what to say. Life of the Party will always be in my top 10. Thank you for all the great songs and great hangs. Sad day for sure man. Enjoy retirement and all the fishing trips you can handle!
— WadeBowen (@WadeBowen) September 25, 2018
Man, I just cried big tears reading about @CharlieRobison's retirement. Maybe nostalgia for someone I listened to & learned from; maybe because he's my friend & I love him very much; maybe because that feeling hits so close to home.
— Jamie Lin Wilson (@jamielinwilson) September 25, 2018
Charlie Robison will always be one of my favorites. Thanks for the music and everything you did for this scene.
— Koe Wetzel (@KoeWetzel) September 25, 2018
Thank you @CharlieRobison. For the shows you put me on, the songs of yours I’d listen to that would inspire me to write. The career you gave to us was one that epitomized what folks like me want. The grit. The songs. The shows. Thank you. Enjoy retirement my friend.
— Dalton Domino (@MrDaltonDomino) September 25, 2018
March 29, 2002 – Bonepony opened for Charlie Robison at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, NC.
I came for Bonepony and stayed for Robison.
Drove home from that show to write over 200 songs in 7 months – discovering over 198 ways to write them wrong.
Thanks for inspiring me, Charlie. pic.twitter.com/17fTl18SrY
— Charlie Stout (@charliestout) September 25, 2018
So sorry to hear the news from Charlie Robison tonight. He is one of my faves. So many great albums over a lot of years. Not afraid to cut a great song whether he wrote it or not…and he wrote some great ones.
— Josh Grider (@joshgrider) September 25, 2018
Sad news from @CharlieRobison! Happy that all will be well with him, but it's sad that we won't see him grace the stage anymore. Thanks for the great tunes throughout the years Charlie! God bless. pic.twitter.com/CAfsu7fIYr
— The Dixie Chicken (@thedixiechicken) September 25, 2018
Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.