Charlie Robison - Judge
Charlie Robison served as a judge during season 1 of Nashville Star
, USA Network's original grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar.
Born and raised in Bandera, Texas to a ranching family which has worked the same stretch of Hill Country since the 1840s, Robison grew up with a full plate of time-honored Lone Star State endeavors: working the ranch, playing football, singing country songs, and raising his fair share of hell.
Since the success of his second album, 2001's Step Right Up
(Columbia/Lucky Dog) his ranching time has been kept to a minimum. Robison's inspired, lust-in-the-dust remake of NRBQ's "I Want You Bad" had a lengthy run in country's Top 30 while simultaneously making inroads on the college radio market, and his spirited, stage-quaking live performances have earned him a fast-growing reputation as an act that must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Embracing elements of such mavericks as Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and even Bruce Springsteen, Robison's music has a heartland/populist approach that blends his natural gifts as a storyteller with a genuine affection for high-steppin' honky-tonk. But Robison also has a rock-and-roller's instinct to rattle the cage, surrendering now and then to an impulse to poke a little fun at the stuffed shirts on Music Row. Robison's shoot-from-the-hip tendencies may have occasionally dipped him in some hot water, but the upshot is that audiences recognize and respond to his refreshing candor. His honest, "what you see is what you get" stance has helped him to become a true "crossover" entertainer.
Robison is married to Emily Robison of The Dixie Chicks. Official website: www.charlierobison.com