This story has been updated.
Four years ago this week, Texas music legend and once major label artist Charlie Robison announced his retirement from performing. Only 54 at the time, the announcement came as a blow to many.
“I’m sure you’ve all wondered where I was. Well, earlier this year I had surgery which, due to complications, left me permanently unable to sing. Therefore, with a very heavy heart, I officially retire from the stage and the studio. » Robison said in a statement. “It’s been an incredible race and I can’t tell you everything the past 25 years have meant to me. I was looking forward to another 25 but as they say “shit happens”. I thank you all for everything you have given me and I hope I have been able to give you a fraction of the happiness you have given me. It was a hell of a ride but as they say, all good things must come to an end.”
Charlie Robison is not only known for his signature songs like “Loving County”, “My Hometown” and “News Year’s Day”, he is part of one of the most important families in Texas music. Along with her well-known brother and fellow performer Bruce Robison, Charlie’s sister Robyn Ludwick is also a songwriter and performer. Charlie was also married to Emily Erwin of The [Dixie] Chicks for a decade, and the couple had three children together before divorcing in 2008.
When Charlie Robison announced his retirement in 2018, he was a little fatalistic that no solution could ultimately be found to address his vocal issues, but he also left no wiggle room in his statement. Well now there’s hope that Charlie Robison might be on the comeback trail, or at least probing that possibility.
As previously reported, Charlie Robison played and sang in an acoustic performance at a private party as part of the West of Pecos Rodeo in late June. But it was a one-time, unannounced engagement. It gave us glimmers of hope, but no definitive proof that Robison was considering returning to the game. But now Charlie has officially booked a show at the Red Rooster Icehouse in Hawkins, TX (near Longview and Tyler) for the 25th November, the day after Thanksgiving.
“He’s not going on tour or anything. He’s just gonna play a show or two, and they’re hoping he’ll see that the fans really want him back, and he’ll be like, ‘Let’s do this thing.’ Red Rooster Ice House owner Brandon Baker says save country music.
For the lucky venue and local fans, persistence paid off.
“I talk to his agent probably once a week because they also book a lot of other artists,” said Brandon Baker. “It was our first show here almost six years ago and it sold out. In 2018 when he retired, I kept talking to his agent about his comeback. I was exhausting him about it, and finally he just said, ‘If he ever wants to play anywhere, if he wants to make a comeback, we’ll call you first.’ And it happened. They called me and said ‘Hey he wants to play some appearances and asked me if I was good for November 25th. I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ ”
Charlie Robison has also been booked at The Backyard in Seguin, TX for Nov. 23, and Dallas’ revered listening spot The Kessler for Nov. 26.
Saving Country Music has also reached out to their booking agent Red 11, as well as their former manager, but so far they are keeping any plans or prospects close to the vest. But this news is promising to say the least, and the people of Hawkins, Texas are in for a treat. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 30 at Tickets for dependencies. Grady Spencer opens the show.