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Jesse Payne / Bio

The quilt of resilience, burdens and bronze striving for shelf-life brilliance. Finding artifacts that reveal our teeth to keep us wound tightly to the ones we need. Chandeliers sway through moonlit rooms. Silver spoons, children’s shoes, and a mirror documenting the elusiveness of time. Societal relativity and patchwork crimes haunting the ghosts of gravity and lies. Candles in boxes detached and heartless. A portrait captured and cradled in a frame of concrete and bar. The stories reside in the grain.

Jesse Payne stems from a soil deep in the Southeastern region of the United States. He nests in scenic views of trees and mountains blending into valleys of skyscrapers and barns. Alabama and the Appalachian trail provide the canvas for his yellow shade of timeless polaroids transposing over lake and swing. A lifestyle suggesting an inheritance of owls and their nocturnal solitude. His sound and sight each born from a landscape of heavy cotton hands and autumn chairs.
Upon returning to his home in early 2007, after cutting his teeth touring the eastern coastal region for a couple of years, Jesse Payne delivered the EP, Beyond the Leaves. The EP earned him a spot in The Big Takeover’s Top 40, alongside Band of Horses, Death Cab For Cutie, and Willie Nelson. Payne released his debut full-length album, Nesting (Capture Music Inc.) on November 10, 2010.  The album reached #3 in California on KDVS radio and stayed in the College top 30 across the United States for six consecutive weeks. The year following the release of Nesting was full of studio sessions and tour dates. On October 4, 2011, Payne released the Buffalo EP (Capture Music Inc.) alongside the Kettle & Crow DVD (Capture Music Inc.).
His latest, Heirloom (Capture Music Inc.), will be released in 2014. Heirloom is an audio-painting of the passage of time and the baggage we bury. Omens and angels. Philosophical and historical.  Generations patched into fabric like heirlooms; these are the things we carry.
Audio-painters for Heirloom: Jesse Payne, Mike Creager, Thomas Warren, Steven Janes, Daniel Long, Matt Devine, Michael Shackleford, Mason Boyd

General Info

Band Members
Jesse Payne, Thomas Warren, Daniel Long, Steven Janes
Artist Name
Jesse Payne
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Americana / Post Folk, Minimalist Chamber Folk

Contact Info

Birmingham, AL
Jeff Nixon (booking/management)Irv Irvin (management) Mike Creager (label owner, management)

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