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Independent Artist Country Gospel Rock Performer Acoustic Guitar
Acoustic Musician, Performing Independent Artist, Singer, Handyman
Born in Ringling Oklahoma on December 8 1959. Son of Rose Marie and Bud Sallee Payne. I started singing at fifteen months old, and playing guitar at six years old. Everyone in my family has been blessed with the gift of music through my mother and father. My mother Rose plays piano, and dad Bud plays guitar. My sister Diane also sings, and plays guitar.
Attended High School at Carl Albert in Midwest City Oklahoma and graduated in 1977. I received a prestigious award in baseball consisting of only one percent of all high school athletes in America, National High School All American in 1977. Attended one year at Rose State College in Midwest City in 1978.
Early Music Caeer
Played at VFWs and American Legion halls at fourteen. My first band was Fourteen Karat Country in Jones Oklahoma from 1976 to 1981.
In early 1982 went on the road with Roger Ivie Band playing honky tonk's throughout Texas. Later in 1982 played in the group The Silver Creek Boys, that later settled in Branson. In 1983 the KOMA Country Band was formed consisting of myself, Bobby Yarbrough Jama Bowen, Terry Scarberry. Anything that was happening in Oklahoma at that time, the KOMA Country Band was involved. Opening shows for Charlie McClain, Joe Stampley, Johnny Paycheck, and even a surprise guest appearance by Reba McEntire at Spurs in Oklahoma City.
Married in 1987 to my lovely wife Donna. My marriage is still going strong at 25+ years. Raised son Rocky from the age of three years old.
In 1990 played with the Sugar Creek Band playing the honky tonks along the Oklahoma Arkansas line. 1991 single 45 record "Gentle Most Of The Time" on Stop Hunger Records in Nashville that was a smash hit in Cashbox Magazine.
In 1993 I started performing closer to home in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Opry as a special guest. During this short time here I was honored with many prestigious awards.
•1993 Traditional Country Artist
•1995 Entertainer of the Year
•1996 Entertainer of the Year
•1996 Male Vocalist of the Year
•1997 Entertainer of the Year
•1998 Inducted into Oklahoma Opry Hall of Fame
In 2001 invited to play with a band in Santa Barbara California at the worlds largest music festival and trail ride started by Walt Disney in the 1920s. Here I met movie legend Peter Strauss, and music legend Buck Page who founded the Riders of the Purple Sage in 1936. I was honored to play at Buck Page's 80th Birthday Party in Burbank, and Buck gave me his prized mint condition 1946 Gretsch Rancher guitar. Buck and myself were the best of friends. Buck told me “don't ever change a thing, you are a natural born natural and don't ever lose that”. Buck was a true genuine soul and we miss him dearly. Another highlight in my life was recording the album "Evolved" at Pedernales Recording Studio This is Willie Nelson's place where so many legends and masterpiece sessions are recorded.
•Peter Strauss - Wikipedia
•Buck Page - Wikipedia
•Riders of the Purple Sage - Wikipedia
•1987 Staying Together
•1990 Wish You Were There
•1995 Long Way Home
•1997 Next Waltz
When you see my show you see the real deal. My music will grab your attention and make you feel the emotion of it all, the music. My ability to rock a crowd with mesmerizing guitar playing, or with my sensuous voice, and my set in stone standard hit's that I have written leave no stone unturned.
Joey Travolta’s movie “Waitin’ to Live” and Nandar Entertainments “Flat Tire” feature several of my songs. My "Back Roads" music video includes behind the scenes interviews with producer Joey Travolta, writer Nick Felix and living legend actor, Lee Majors about the movie, “Waiting to Live”. I will be featured in the upcoming movie "A Horse for Summer" which stars Dean McCain known for "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" , Christopher Atkins known for "The Blue Lagoon", and Lee Meriwether known for the 1960's Batman TV series.
•Flat Tire - Official Festival Selection
•Back Roads Music Video
•Waitin' to Live - Movie Trailer
•A Horse for Summer - Movie Trailer
Opened and shared the stage with some of the greatest artist's in the world. Charlie McClain, Joe Stampley, Mel McDaniels, The Texas Playboys, Henson Cargill, Merle Haggard, Kitty Wells, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Webb, Joe Diffee, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Wanda Jackson and the great Buck Page of The Riders of the Purple Stage.
Performed in numerous large venues such as the "Thank You Memorial Concert" observing the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City in 2005, Cow Palace Bucking Ball in San Fransisco in 2001, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City numerous times, The Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma and The Rodeo Opry in OKC's Stockyards, Oklahoma City.
•Thank you' Performers come together for Memorial Concert - NewsOK
•Cow Palace Bucking Ball
•National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City
•Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma
•Rodeo Opry in OKC's Stockyards
This merely scratches the surface of what I have done in my life time. In addition to my music. I love growing taters and onions and all that garden stuff. As well as fishing, hunting, building, fixing, all sports, and most of all, my family and more than that, I love God !
I am a life loving, natural gifted talent, proud to be an Oklahoma native who just wants to share his music with the world.