Robert Mizzell & the Country Kings at The Hawk's Well
Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served
his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here. The
father and husband is now one of the top country music artists in
Ireland, enjoying huge success all around the country. He has released
11 solo studio albums and 2 full length DVD’s to date and is constantly
touring Ireland and the UK with his band. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s
Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP magazine.
Robert was born in Louisiana, the Bayou State and raised on the
shores of Lake Bistineau near Shreveport. His early musical influences
came from his parents, whom both performed in a Church Gospel group. At
the age of 17, Robert moved to Connecticut where he worked with his
father in the painting and decorating business. He then joined the US
Army where he served for a number of years. After his military service
he moved to Ireland with dreams of a career in country music.
‘Kick Ass Country’ was Robert’s first major hit, but it was the song
‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. More of his
hit songs include ‘Mama Courtney’, Day Job’, ‘John Deer Beer’,
‘Louisiana Saturday Night’ and Wham Bam’ to name a few…
You can catch Robert at The Hawk's Well
Tue 7 Nov, 8pm
Robert has recorded many songs in his career, but two of the
highlights were in 2010 when he released a very personal, original song,
written for him by Henry McMahon namely ‘Mama Courtney’. This tells the
story of his upbringing in Shreveport by his Foster Mother. He also
recorded a cover of ‘Murder on Music Row’ with top American Country
Artist, Collin Raye. Both singles reached the number one position on the
European Country music charts during 2010 and remained in the charts
for twenty weeks.
Saturday, the 29th of October 2011 was a very special day for Robert
Mizzell. He was inducted into Shreveport’s ‘Walk of Stars’ in
recognition of his achievements in the world of Country Music. This date
is now known as ‘Robert Mizzell Day’ in Shreveport. This was a huge
honour to receive, given he is a native son of Louisiana and it is the
highest accolade his own home city can bestow on him. Some other people
who are inductees are; Elvis Presley (posthumously), Merle Kilgore (who
co-wrote ‘Ring of Fire’ with June Carter Cash) and Hank Williams Snr.
In 2004, Robert wanted to let his fans get an insight of where he
came from and his background in Louisiana. He started a trend of taking
his fans on tour with him to the USA, visiting places like Nashville,
Memphis, Austin, San Antonio, Branson and New Orleans, which has gone
down a storm. Most of the people who have travelled on these trips have
now become lifelong friends of Robert’s and have got to meet his family
in Louisiana and see how far he has come.
They are always ready for the
road when Robert is going back to his roots! During these trips Robert
had the opportunity and privilege of performing at elite venues
including; The Midnite Jamboree; The Ernest Tubb Theatre; The Cowboy
Church; The Carter Family Fold; The Country Tonite Theatre and in his
native Shreveport in Louisiana.
In May of 2015, Robert decided to change his route to take in Europe
and has had two highly successful ‘Boogie on the Brava’ trips to Spain. A
host of other artists flew out to join in the fun and frolics
throughout this wonderful week of top class entertainment. Already, he
is working on making his ‘Boogie on the Brava 2017’ an even better week
if that is at all possible!!
Robert also flew out to his homestate of Louisiana in the USA to
record a radio documentary with RTE, which was aired on RTE radio last
December. This captured Robert’s life and humble beginning before he
came to Ireland and started his music career. It also had interviews
with his family and gave an idea of where this Louisiana Man came from!
Finishing of the month of June, Robert was delighted to be awarded
the first ever RTE ‘Video of the Year’ Award at the 2016 ICMA’s in
Dublin, which is a huge milestone in his career to date.
The summer season saw Robert Mizzell & his band on the road four
or five nights of the week, taking their authentic sound of country
music to every corner of the country. Having just released his first
single of his brand new álbum ‘Travelling Shoes’ Robert is delighted
with the feedback he is receiving and also the requests for this at his
All in all Robert Mizzell is extremely busy, both on and off the road
and proving to be a huge hit wherever he plays. His warm character and
genuine personality does not fail to earn him a host of new fans. This
is proven every night after his gig when he stands to meet and greet all
the punters, who have travelled from near and far to see him perform.
Anyone who has ever been to one of his shows will agree that it is two
hours of non-stop entertainment and that Robert Mizzell definitely puts
his heart and soul into every song proving why he is one of Ireland’s
top country music recording artists!