Bruce Robison is one of those few songwriters who can take a simple lyric and make it profound. His voise is smooth, his style laid-back but intimate...his records flow like honey, although are usually more bitter than sweet; for, although they sound relaxed, Robison's songs usually deal with the darker side of life--heartaches, alcohol, homelessness, whatever gets you down.
IT CAME FROM SAN ANTONIO is another great Robison record; it's significantly shorter (only seven songs; we definitely would have prefered more material, but we'll deal with what we're dealt). The rollickin' title track kicks the set off; the rest is mostly mid-tempo balladry, though it never seems dull; Robison's lyrics keep your ears rivetted, waiting for the next bit of wisdom ("I thought I knew trouble, but the Devil laughed at me"). Bruce Robison is a songwriter's songwriter; the fact that he hasn't become a huge success yet speaks volumes about radio's failure to recognize true musical talent. He's had hits as a songwriter (George Strait's "Desperately" and "Wrapped," Dixie Chick's "Travellin' Soldier," Tim McGraw's "Angry All the Time") but has yet to gain recognition on his own. One of these days, he will; until then, we can sit back and listen to one of the best kept secrets in country music.