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Charlie Robison [extended]

  • Life of the Party [Sony/Lucky Dog, 1998] Choice Cuts
  • Unleashed Live [Lucky Dog, 2000] *
  • Step Right Up [Lucky Dog, 2001] ***
  • Good Times [Dualtone, 2004] A-
  • Beautiful Day [Dualtone, 2009] Choice Cuts

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Life of the Party [Sony/Lucky Dog, 1998]
"Poor Man's Son" Choice Cuts

Charlie Robison/Jack Ingram/Bruce Robison: Unleashed Live [Lucky Dog, 2000]
from the lucky doghouse, Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison, and the leader of the pack, his big brother Charlie (Charlie Robison, "My Hometown," "Sunset Boulevard") *

Step Right Up [Lucky Dog, 2001]
like an up-and-coming Steve Earle, without explicit leftism or explicit substance abuse ("The Wedding Song," "Desperate Times") ***

Good Times [Dualtone, 2004]
I liked the title tune better when I thought he was saying "don't let the fascists get you down" rather than "bastards," but it amounts to the same thing. Long a champion of country music that eschews both purity and virtue, here Robison writes like his life depends on it, which it does--the virtue lobby has all fun in its sights, his music included. On the one about eating his wife's cooking he finds a new shade of meaning for the word "brisket." And on the one about how his wife vamoosed anyway, words fail him: "But I still got my buddies and I still got my pals/And I still got my buddies and I still got my pals." A-

Beautiful Day [Dualtone, 2009]
"Beautiful Day," "She's So Fine" Choice Cuts