For anyone that travels the planet for business, airports are the monotonous purgatory of the entire experience. But thanks to Charlie Robison (and Johnny Walker), my extended wait at Houston Hobby this afternoon is a little bit less painful.
Charlie Robison's title track from Beautiful Day is playing on the Pappas Burger stereo, and it only reaffirms what a great CD this is. In fact, in an ideal world, it's what country music should be.
It came out in June, but it hasn't left my playlist since. For those of you who don't know, Charlie is brother to Bruce Robison, an accomplished singer-sonwriter in his own right that is married to the lovely Kelly Willis. Charlie WAS married to Emily Robison (of Dixie Chicks fame), but they split some time ago. Beautiful Day is Charlie's Robison's first effort since that split, and it proves the maxim that sometimes the worst can bring out the best.
In addition to the exuberant title track, Robison's take on Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Nothin' Better To Do is a wry look ("you dig me, more than I dig myself... two parasite hearts, coexisting") at a relationship that we've all been in, for better or worse. And if you ever been on the losing end of love, one listen to Reconsider will have you reliving the more painful moments. It's an album that doesn't skip a beat from beginning to end.
I'm not alone in this review... looking out over my laptop, one West Texas cowboy, one tired-out UT fratboy, and one high-powered, high-heeled Houston attorney are all either singing or finger -tapping to the last chorus of Charlie. You should too.