Among the Lone Star State’s finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison has a knack for crafting deceptively straightforward songs around the universal struggles of modern life. His songs have a unique and significant personal touch, whether performed by someone else or himself. With many successes under his belt such as the Dixie Chicks No. 1 hit version of “Travelin Soldier”, George Strait’s “Wrapped”, and “Angry All The Time” with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Bruce is a master at luring the audience into a vulnerable, captivating emotional core.
Bruce has been calling his music simply “country” for the past 25 years whether pop culture and media has deemed Willie Nelson or Florida Georgia Line the next greatest thing. His philosophy has always been to let the music speak for itself, and his projects are all informed by bringing it back to basics in this labor of love.
His songwriting philosophy is also readily apparent in his latest business venture, The Next Waltz. An oasis from the barrage of modern media, The Next Waltz experience is akin to a pre-technology era of sitting on a front porch talking and hanging with a great group of people. Like the acclaimed Food Network show Chopped, the artists get a secret basket of ingredients (great song, great studio, great band) and have to make something beautiful with what they’ve got because there aren’t any digital safety nets to fix any mistakes or falsely make anything better than what it really is. The last line of defense against major publication agendas and the cultural mass of pop music, this artisan studio guarantees that if you put their songs in your iPod, you won’t be sad when they come up.
“[‘Traveling Soldier’] really is a mini-movie, and Robison’s visual lyrics still bring tears to the eyes of a lot of listeners with this song.” – American Songwriter
“…in a couple decades of watching his gradual rise from an Austin nightclub and dancehall upstart to the likely future dean of Texas songwriters… [Robison]’s not content to simply coast on the coattails of past accomplishments. The creative spark still burns in him.” – No Depression
“Bruce Robison is a prime example… [of] keeping the spirit of the traditional Texas troubadour alive.” -Paste Magazine