Robert Mizzell & the Country Kings
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…
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. and Jnr.
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 gigs!
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!