Bobbie Cryner

Decades Active: 1990s

Biography

13 September 1961, Woodland, California, USA. Cryner moved to Kansas at the age of 16. She was involved in both acting and singing, often mimicking country stars Barbara Mandrell and Dolly Parton. As a performer, she took her father’s name, Bobbie, as her own. Her sister married Exile bass guitarist Sonny LeMaire, and on a trip to Nashville, she met songwriter Max Barnes. Barnes encouraged her to move to Nashville and she left her husband to do so. She worked in a diner, while he improved her songwriting technique. Her career had a further boost when Carl Jackson recommended her to Epic, and soon she was opening for George Strait. Her first album included Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris and featured six of her own songs. Merging country, gospel and the blues, it was a fine album, being described by one critic as a cross between Vern Gosdin and Bobbie Gentry. Despite its obvious quality, it failed to sell. Alone in Nashville, Cryner started drinking heavily...

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