Charlie Robison to play at crawfish festival

April 10, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

Charlie Robison

Charlie Robison

Country "bad boy" Charlie Robison is back.

The 48-year-old singer and songwriter is headlining the second annual Scott Taylor Band Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Festival.

With two new albums due out this year - a live at Billy Bob's and a studio record - it's clear Robison is taking advantage of all that comes his way.

He caught up with Get Out to talk about what his new projects are, why Texas is better than Nashville and how he thanks God his children aren't interested in music.

What can your fans expect during the performance at the crawfish festival?

It's always something different. We never really go into a show with a set list per se. Every night, you just play off the crowd and play off how you're feeling and let the show take you where it goes. It's fun to do it that way.

Some bands from Nashville do this very choreographed show. It's the same song at the same time every night.

We might play three or four songs we've never played live. You never know.

Kenny Chesney put "El Cerrito Place" on his album last summer, did you see a new interest in your music?

Whenever the video came out in 2004 - I might be wrong on the year - my manager called me up and said Kenny Chesney had called and wanted to talk.

I was driving to the ranch in San Antonio and said yeah sure, give him my number.

He said how much he loved that song and loved that video, and he wanted to sing it on his shows. At that point, I knew that he would probably cut it someday. You could tell that it was something that he had his eyes on.

I had to step in and referee my fans from it. They were kind of trashing his version of it. There was no reason for that.

He recorded a song, and that was totally cool with me. His crowd and my crowd are never really going to cross over. From that, there might be a little more awareness of not just my music but this music scene.

The "Live at Billy Bob's" album is due out in June. How was that show?

It's out June 2.

It was a blast. It's kind of odd to do a show where there's five boom cameras in your face all the time. I've done stuff in the past like Austin City Limits or late-night talk shows. It was cool.

You are aware that you're being recorded and every move you make is being filmed. Once you get used to that, it just adds to the fun a little bit. You play off it. We have done live records in the past, I'm really excited to have a DVD where you can see the show as well as hear it. I think it's going to be really cool.

Where do you see the future of the Texas Red Dirt music scene heading?

Hopefully, a good place and hopefully, it stays different than Nashville.

I see a lot of good things about the scene that it's staying outlaw and staying independent. Then I see a lot of people that are really drifting toward a commercial sound. I hope it stays more outlaw and independent and less commercial. Texas definitely will keep it independent.

There's new guys like Band of Heathens, and people like James McMurtry and Robert Keen who are always going to be cool and always will inspire people. There's tons of bands - Cody Canada's new band came out with a total rock 'n' roll record. The scene is keeping everything off-guard all the time.

Keep it where you don't know what's going to happen.

With Nashville, you're pretty sure of what the next song is going to sound like. Here, you really don't know when somebody puts a record out whether it will be a Ryan Bingham type of record or is it going to be a McMurtry record or somebody who does more of a Mexican-theme record. That's the cool thing about it.

What's up next?

We just finished a studio album. It'll come out in the fall.

We'll follow the live record with this one.

It's a departure from my last record, "Beautiful Day," that was very much written about all the things that happened with my divorce. This is plain, straight-up fun.

Every song on it, you can't wait to get on stage and play. It's very upbeat and off the wall. It's going to be a real - I hate to use the word "party-record" ... I've enjoyed making it.

Are any of your children showing signs of wanting to follow in yours or their mother's steps?

I ask them all the time - we'll be driving in the car and I'll ask them to name one of dad's songs, and they can't name one. But they know I'm messing with them. They want to do something else, thank God.

Right now, I've got a bunch of athletes. My daughter is an amazing gymnast, and both the boys are athletic. It's busy from 3 in the afternoon till 9 every night.



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