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February 27, 2020

LO-FI: Waylon Payne

LO-FI: Waylon Payne
Adam Chaffins
Doors: 6:00 pm | Tickets: $12 – 14
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DOORS: 600 PM, SHOW: 7:00 PM



Important Notice:

– Due to events happening in HI-FI and LO-FI Lounge during the same time, LO-FI door, show and set times are subject to change. We try to avoid this but want to make sure artists in both rooms experience minimal sound conflicts. If a change occurs, we will message all attendees immediately.

– All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable with the exception of event cancellation or time change by venue.

– Support acts are subject to change.


About Waylon Payne:

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“I’m back from the grave,” Waylon Payne sings on his extraordinary new album The Prodigal. For most folks, that sort of sentiment is hyperbole, but in Payne’s case, it’s an understatement. Produced by Frank Liddell and Eric Masse (Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert), the record marks Payne’s first release in 15 years, and it offers an unflinching account of his journey to the brink and back, chronicling addiction, heartbreak, estrangement, and more hard times than any one man could reasonably be expected to survive.

While the last few years of Payne’s life have been without a doubt the most productive — recent credits include co-writes with Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, and Ashley Monroe to rattle off just a few — you need to go all the way back to the beginning to understand just how unlikely a new Waylon Payne record is. Born in 1972 to Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne and GRAMMY-winning country singer Sammi Smith, Payne was raised primarily in the strict Baptist home of his aunt and uncle. His youth was a difficult one on a number of fronts, but it was his sexual orientation that proved to be the breaking point, and by the age of 18, he was expelled from college, disowned by his family, and homeless. After stints working day jobs in Dallas and San Antonio, he relocated to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions, performing in the honkytonks on Broadway six or seven nights a week until he landed a gig playing guitar and singing on the road with Shelby Lynne. Lynne helped Payne develop as a writer, and in the early 2000’s, he scored a major label deal for his debut solo album, ‘The Drifter.’ The record’s release should have been a triumphant moment for Payne — he had moved to Hollywood by that point and even talked his way into playing Jerry Lee Lewis in the acclaimed Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line­ — but instead it marked a drastic escalation of his decades-long freefall. The low-grade meth his father had introduced him to in his younger years had given way to harder stuff, and Payne watched his life spin hopelessly out of control as he put an astonishing amount of drugs into his veins.

Hitting rock bottom and getting clean proved to be an excruciatingly difficult journey, but it forced Payne to take stock of his experiences and process the trauma he’d been bottling up since his youth. The result is a spellbinding story of redemption and reconciliation, an album that’s equally heartbreaking and uplifting as it celebrates the bittersweet beauty of survival. Gritty and resolute, the songs are country in the most classic sense of the word: honest, unvarnished, real. They’re the work of one of Nashville’s most gifted writers and performers, passionately delivered by a voice many presumed we’d never hear from again, a voice long thought to be swallowed up in a tsunami of reckless self-destruction. It all might sound like a happy ending, but for Waylon Payne, it’s more like a new beginning.

“There comes a time when a man’s got to stand on his own,” he concludes. “For me, that time has come.”

About Adam Chaffins: 

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A recognized veteran of the Nashville music scene, Adam’s May 2019 release of his highly applauded video, “I’m Over You (Live) from Southern Ground Nashville,”garnered recognition on CMT Music and from Rolling Stone, who called it “cinematic… that prizes layers over dense heaps of sound.” Adam’s cover of “I’m Over You”–originally recorded by his country music hero, the late Keith Whitley–was released in a three-song EP, the live video along with studio and acoustic versions, highlighting Adam’s unique depth as a musician and his scope as a vocalist. NPR declared he is “attuned to the potential sophistication of downhome forms–the jazzy complexity and expressive depth of bluegrass and country” with a “billowy, rhythmic unplugged rendition” that “artfully captures transparent denial and agonized pining.” Chaffins comes “from a Eastern Kentucky country-music hotbed” NPR stated, but “brings enough R&B and indie rock to his Americana blend to make an original statement.”
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Event Details

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 | 6:00 pm
Tickets: $12 - $14
Presented By: Sun King Brewery, MOKB Presents,