Music sometimes defies pinpoint description. Think of John Mayer. Is he rock, folk, what? 
Same goes for Bristol’s Annie Robinette. Sometimes she rocks and yet she also features folk in her sound.
“I don’t know what style I do,” Robinette said by phone Monday evening while taking a break from Christmas shopping in Johnson City. “I can’t equate it to anything.”
Hear Robinette each Thursday night upstairs at O’Mainnin’s on State Street in Bristol Tennessee. Few opportunities to see her hereabouts exist because she rarely plays solo shows beyond Bristol. That’s fine with her. She said that she loves playing O’Mainins.
“If it was all I did, that’d be great,” Robinette said. “The atmosphere is great and the people are enthusiastic and responsive.”
Robinette’s shows in part include songs of such influences as Bonnie Raitt. However, she also writes songs, including all 11 tracks on her latest album, “Last July.”
Recorded in her studio in Bristol, the album was issued in Oct. 2006.
“Some of the songs were written 12, 13 years ago,” she said. “I’m not a very prolific writer. It took a long sabbatical from playing to do.”
Robinette’s songs reflect her life and that which she observes. She said that they tend toward the hopeful, substantive songs for life.
“There’s good times and bad times, family, regret, joy,” Robinette said. “Some are just fun and aren’t deep.”
Interested folks can buy a copy of her latest album from Robinette either at her shows or via her myspace website.
Now back to Robinette’s style. Music didn’t exactly come early in life for the North Carolina native. Early in life she was more drawn to visual arts including ballet and acting. 
“I started singing in covers bands when I was 19,” she said. “Then a few years later I got into theater and musical theater. Someone approached me in the mid-‘90s about doing something original, which was when I got into writing.”
Life intervened. 
“I had a couple of babies and stopped,” Robinette said. “Then I moved back to Bristol and resumed some writing.”
Married to her childhood sweetheart and with four children under their roof, music has a way of falling in terms of priorities. Don’t read that wrong. In addition to performing solo Robinette also tours with April Taylor, playing guitar in her band. 
Music means an awful lot to Robinette.
“Right now, it’s up there,” she said. “It’s something that can be mine. And yet it’s also something that I can serve other people with, my music.”
Her 17-year-old, Elise Robinette, sure seems to enjoy her music. She chimed in that she’s not just a performer but also quite a showman.
“She’s original and talented and a type of entertainer you can’t find anywhere else,” Elise Robinette said. “It’s sophisticated music.”
And with her sophisticated music at her fingers and on her tongue, Annie Robinette said she intends to stage shows that wows crowds whether playing to one or a thousand.
“I really, really want to deliver,” Robinette said. “I want to please.”




 


I've known Annie for years, but had no idea how incredibly talented she is until she came on our afternoon newscast to perform.
 I was, and am, floored.
This is a singer/songwriter who frankly, I shouldn't know personally because people like me in small town America don't know famous singer/songwriters.  She should be living in Nashville or L.A. and touring the world.
She's that good.
I think it's the clarity of Annie's voice I'm most impressed with.  It's natural, it's expressive, and it's what I dream I would sound  like if I had her talent.
Her latest c.d. is in the car with me always, and I play it for people when I go home to Atlanta, "I go to church with her!".....
The disk is flawlessly produced.  I love music, and likely have 500 cds in my collection. (I'm old fashioned, I like to own the disk and look at/read the insert.)  The one thing that can ruin a talent like Annie's is over-production.  This cd is smartly under-produced.  You hear her, you understand her message, and there's a direct intimacy to it.
Her songwriting is true and honest and real. Aside from over-production, lame lyrics can kill a song.  There's nothing "expected" here. But the words are familiar.  You relate to them right away.
 
No complaints... just great music.  Timeless music.

 

You won’t find Norm or Cliff or Woody or Carla, but O’Mainnin’s Pub stands as Bristol’s Cheers.
So sidle over to where everybody knows your name to hear the singer whose songs everyone should know, Annie Robinette. Bristol’s beaut of a talent will rock O’Mainnin’s Pub in Bristol, Tenn., on Nov. 28.
So give thanks on turkey day. Dump the green on black Friday. Then sit back and love life one tune at a time courtesy of Robinette. She can sing like a bird on a wire. Just one sip of a song from the captivating Robinette, and it’ll be cheers indeed.


Mother. Dancer. Artist. Actress. Musician. What do you say about a woman who excels at literally everything she fancies? From practically birth Robinette was playing piano, guitar and banjo by ear. With her album, Last July, this Bristol native and wildly creative singer/songwriter expresses herself as honestly and skillfully as Carole King and Carly Simon did in their day. Her song 'As Needed for Pain' could have easily been ripped from the diary of any current Hollywood starlet: 'Take this one today to keep you on your feet / take that one tonight if you can't fall asleep / and take all these to keep you from going insane / take three to four daily as needed for pain.' Robinette is among the top tier of female artists performing in our region today.