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Bruce Robison at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas
Last concert of the season for Susanna's Kitchen on Thursday, May 18, 2006
Bruce Robison
Don't miss the last concert of the season at Susanna's Kitchen, with Bruce Robison.

Bruce Robison is a towering figure in the Texas music scene. Not only because of his physical stature (he's six-foot-seven), but also because of his reputation for writing emotionally complex songs that have hooks a mile wide, the kind of songs that send mainstream country stars running to the recording studio. Artists like Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack and the Dixie Chicks have discovered what fans of this Texas-born tunesmith have long known. He writes songs of substance that tattoo themselves across the heart and don't easily let go. That knack came from years of hard work perfecting his craft.

Although Robison now has a family full of musicians, he didn't grow up surrounded by music. Bruce is married to celebrated country chanteuse Kelly Willis and his brother, Charlie, is a noted Texas singer/songwriter whose wife, Emily, is one of the Dixie Chicks. Sister Robyn Ludwick is now pursuing a music career. But growing up it was a different story. "Our family wasn't really musical," he says of his formative years in Bandera, Texas.

Following his instincts about the business of music is a natural tendency for a songwriter who trusts his muse when it comes to writing songs and putting an album together. "I look for a group of songs that feel good together and ones I feel like recording," Robison says. "I can't quite put my finger on it, I just know when some songs go well together."

As Eleven Stories unfolds it is apparent Robison's instincts were right on the money with this song cycle. This is more than just a collection of individual songs, it's an album in the best sense of the word, a group of songs with a cohesive flow that strengthens the impact of the individual songs. From the old school country, steel guitar drenched "More and More" to the stripped down acoustic "Kitchen Blues," Robison is in full command as both a singer and songwriter.

In "All Over But The Cryin'," he delivers a heart wrenching look at the end of a relationship with such simple, direct lyrics that it takes the breath away. The difference between looking for love and trying to satisfy a need is explored from a woman's perspective in the sultry groove of "Don't Call It Love."

Heartbreak never sounded so good on the Texas roadhouse two-step classic-in-the-making "You Really Let Yourself Go." "Virginia" contemplates the choices that lead young lovers in different directions with a unique rolling melody.

Through it all, Robison writes unflinchingly about the heartache, despair, joys and little victories that are a part of everyday life. In the telling of these eleven stories this long, tall Texan has crafted a masterwork that illuminates the human condition.

Come and hear some great music! Susanna's Kitchen is at Wimberley United Methodist Church. This final concert of the season is on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10, kids $5.  Childcare available.  The church is located at the corner of RR12 and CR 1492.  No smoking, no alcohol, and lots of fun.


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