There is no mystery to Charlie Robison. What you see is what you get. He is an avid outdoorsman, a full time dad, a road warrior and a veteran artist. If you ask him a question – about anything – you better be ready for the plainspoken truth of an answer. Robison’s authentic personality, narrative vocals and his always entertaining “Good Time Charlie” show is personified in his Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CD and DVD.
Let’s just get it out of the way right up front: In the five years between his last and most successful album yet, Good Times, and his new Dualtone Records release, Beautiful Day, Charlie Robison got divorced from his wife Emily (of The Dixie Chicks). So it’s only natural to assume that this is his “divorce album,” which is not altogether untrue.
But as with all devoted songwriters, Robison writes from a perspective that draws from and speaks to larger matters and issues within human experience and life in these times. And as the title indicates, even if this album is to a notable degree about and informed by the end of his marriage, there’s something different and more at work here.