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Justin Payne / Press

“BANDWIDTH DAILY: Congrats on your growth! What inspired your creative path? Justin Payne: Thank you! I love stories, and especially songs that have a deeper message or plot to them. I have "big ears", and usually don't discriminate against any genre of music. I just like what I like, pretty much like everybody else, I suppose. I set down this path because I absolutely love music, learning, and teaching. What more is a performance, but another form of communication, an opportunity to learn and be inspired, and an opportunity to share and teach what I've picked up along the way? I have been most inspired by DIY aesthetics, and a more old-fashioned work ethic, acoustic sound-palettes, hand-made merchandise, etc. I find its important to keep it simple, and real, especially in an age of instant communication and access to everything possible via the Internet, where perceptions can be spun and skewed.”

"Justin has some music out there. His EP, Interstellar Vagabond is on Bandcamp. Through his inflection of his voice, the delivery of the song, and his playing of the guitar, I can hear the effort that he has put in. All of the years of work, and writing, and really honing in on his craft is all palpable within his songs. Justin, like most artists in general, has a vault (for lack of a better word) that one goes to for inspiration or to finish a song. It’s extensive as well. Within his vault there are songs in there that have been there for over 10 years. Some of them become “done” others get re-worked for any number of reasons. The most important part about this however, is the work and hours put into it just to make a song playable for his own ears. The songwriting process is different for everyone, for any musician, Justin is simply using his own methods to his madness."

"Local singer-songwriter sensation Justin Payne will be returning tonight to the Hump Day Revue stage as the featured artist for tonight's "Hump of the Month." An accomplished mandolin player and violinist as well as guitarist, Justin plays regularly at venues around BG and Toledo, including the Black Swamp Arts Festival and the Olde West End Fest. His original sound resonates through a variety of genres and bounces back and forth between Americana, 70's NYC Punk, and 60's Brit Rock."

Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune