Texas singer-songwriter Charlie Robison has announced his retirement from music due to complications from a surgical procedure he underwent at the beginning of the year.
Robison wrote a message to fans on his Facebook page explaining that he underwent surgery earlier this year. Complications from the procedure left Robison with the permanent inability to sing.
"At the beginning of this year I underwent a surgical procedure that because of complications left me with the permanent inability to sing. Therefore, with a very heavy heart I am officially retiring from the the stage and studio," Robison wrote. "It was a hell of a ride but as they say all good things must end. Keep on supporting this thing we call Texas/Red dirt and hopefully we'll all get to have a cocktail or two and talk about the good ol days. Until then, Buenos Noches. It's been fun. Love each and every one of y'all."
Robison, who was born in Houston and raised in the Texas Hill Country, released his album Life of the Party in 1998. The album spawned the hit "My Hometown" and cemented Robison as a staple of the Texas and Red Dirt music scene. Two years later, Robison collaborated with his brother, fellow singer-songwriter Bruce Robison, and Jack Ingram on Unleashed Live, a live album from Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas.
Robison followed up with 2001's Step Right Up, which featured "The Wedding Song," a duet with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.
Robison's song "El Cerrito Place," originally recorded on his 2004 album Good Times, was a top 10 hit for Kenny Chesney in 2012.
In 2003, Robison was a host on the first season of the country music singing competition Nashville Star.
Robison's most recent solo album is 2013's High Life.
Robison is part owner of the Alamo Ice House in San Antonio, Texas.