Wayne is a talented musician and songwriter from Austin. His diverse songwriting interests include rock, pop, country, ballads, folk, inspirational, humorous and political. Showing a wide variety of stylistic inspirations, songs written by Wayne placed as finalist in 7 different categories in the Austin Songwriters Contest of 2014, also earning 3rd place in the 'Country' category. In 2015, Wayne scored 15 songs in the Austin Songwriters Contest finals, earning 1st place in 'Pop Music' and 'Lyrics' categories, 3rd place in both 'Inspirational' and 'Love Songs', and 3 honorable mentions. One 'Beatles inspired' tune (Pass Around the Bomb) was chosen as a 'Publishers Pick' at the 2014 Songwriters Symposium held in Austin Texas.
Wayne started playing guitar with one month of guitar lessons at Lou Parsley's Music Store. He didn't like the lessons but self taught himself by listening to records as slow speed then transposing to the right key. A few years later, he went back to Lou Parsley as a guitar instructor and became a close friend of Lou. Also a close friend of Lou was Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who would stop by and play old blues records or play guitar with Wayne and Lou. (Wayne later invented and sold a double-guitar stand to ZZ Top, which they used on stage)
Wayne played in college jazz bands, a rock band (Stonewood), a swing band (Canterbury), and a pop/country band (the Drifters) which became a very popular dance band that played venues throughout South Texas. Later, Wayne and his brother Lynn joined two Austinites to form an all original band (Lucky Stripes). The 'Stripes' won the 'Best Band in Austin' contest and was one of only two bands from Texas asked to compete in the nationals in Daytona Beach Florida.
When Wayne moved to Austin, he started Music Lane Recording with his brother. Later, Lynn left the studio and Wayne moved the studio to a 3,000 square foot facility, still called Music Lane. Music Lane recorded hundreds of the top bands in Austin TX, and was voted the top studio in Austin by the Austin Chronicle Poll for 3 years.
Wayne is retired from the music business but still writes and records his own music at his private home studio. He currently plays lead guitar and sings in the band Waylyn James, with his brother Lynn and friend James Mikulenka.