The first name is pronounced "Annie" and the last name does not have an e on the end. Remember that, because you might be using her name a lot in the future and we don't want you to embarrass yourself. Aynee Osborn is a new kind of country singer. She's light years ahead of the line-dance mindlessness of mainstream Nashville. Hers is country music with brains and soul.
Here are four songs from Aynee's 1997 release Fall Into Place:
EASY COME, EASY GO
FALL INTO PLACE
WHEN I DREAM
Official Publicity Photos
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|fall into place
P.O. Box 2649
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
|Country Blues & Roots
Promo CD from Country-Town. Contains
"Easy Come, Easy Go" from fall into place
and six tracks by other CT artists.
|there and back again
Sweet Moon Music (no catalog number)
Her original independent release. Same as fall into place but with different packaging and slightly different mix. Out of print.
Aynee Osborn has also appeared on numerous recordings as a session singer. See the RON COLEMAN page for a RealAudio clip of the Coleman-Osborn duet "Last Tear." The page also features Aynee singing backup on Coleman's "Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins."
Official Bio (1997)
FULL TEXT OF
(laid out as a Web page)
A Look Back: April 24, 1997 at the Troubadour
The set list:
- Easy Come, Easy Go
- Rodeo Suzanne
- Need to Know
- Cryin' Shame
- Craig's Blues Swing In D
- Let You Go
- Just A-Waitin'
- encore: Sweet Moon
Curiously, Aynee started her set with what some consider to be her best song, "Easy Come, Easy Go." Most artists like to "save the best 'til last." But with a performer of Aynee's calibre, there's no question of a show going downhill. The unfamiliar songs in the middle of the set were just as enjoyable as the favorites at the beginning and end.
Aynee's voice is reminiscent of k.d. lang. But in Aynee's case you know she's not going to drop country music and start doing torch songs. Also, Aynee looks a lot better. Think k.d. lang with estrogen.
The backing group, billed as The Steady Band, included the very capable Craig Eastman on fiddle and mandolin, and Aynee's writing partner Hugh Cline on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals. By coincidence they were both wearing matching cowboy shirts.
(Eastman also played behind Muffin, who appeared earlier in the evening. Check the Muffin page for a photo of them on stage.)
Aynee strums acoustic guitar on some songs. But even when not using the guitar, she never uses a hand mike, preferring to leave the microphone in the stand. This leaves her hands free to do a whole reportoire of movements and gestures, besides pushing her hair aside when it falls in her face.
Aynee Osborn is one of those performers you can see again and again because every show is completely different. Especially notable is her talent for ad lib stage patter.
Change-of-pace numbers included a jazzy "Predictable" and a bluegrass-type ballad called "Louise." Craig Eastman played tasteful mandolin figures on that last one and tore up the house with the fiddle instrumental "Craig's Blues Swing In D." "Let You Go" included a harmonica solo by Aynee.
|Eastman tears up the joint with "Craig's
Blues Swing In D"
|Aynee keeps the Troubadour sign
from crashing to the stage
Guitarist John McDuffie sat in on the rave-up "Just A-Waitin," the song with the singalong hey-hey-hey-hey chorus. As the song ended, McDuffie and Eastman traded riffs while Aynee left the stage.
For her encore, Aynee sang the moody "Sweet Moon," a perfect afterglow theme. Seen from the side, her posture took on a near S-shape as she fell into the trance of the song and her knees bent slightly. That image was as memorable as much as anything else in the show - that look of perfect concentration, body language that belied a real person singing real music. Mere entertainers can only pretend.
Also on the bill: Muffin (billed as "Jimmy Muffin"), Erin McCaffrey, Krista & Tommy Holdenhill, and Mark Insley.
GIF of Aynee's set list GIF of flyer for this show
May 12, 1997 at the Whisky
This show was attended by Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. He was kind enough to sign Aynee's set list
This page established: April 27, 1997 Last updated: March 2, 2023
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