Brian Payne

Brian Payne

 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Cutting edge indie folk with a hint of jammy blues! Combining melodic guitar loops and solos with ear tingling vocals. After years of time off from the legendary Tulsa band, Xanadu, Brian Payne is back on the scene in full force ready to melt the faces (not literally) off his listeners!

Biography

The story began in 2001 when friends and Tulsa natives Brian Payne (guitar/lead vocals) and Parker Ferrell (guitar/mandolin/vocals) realized their identical interests in music/songwriting and decided to start a simple acoustic duo. Dubbing themselves and a couple friends Lyle Newearth & The Runaways, they soon became a regular staple at churches, coffee shops and small venues citywide. Their energetic and impressive live shows soon became events to see, quickly building a large and mostly high school age audience, consistently packing venues beyond the maximum capacity. These shows were generally acoustic jams where they would showcase surprising musical prowess beyond their years as well as intelligent and mature songwriting, stemming from both Brian and Parkers 6-plus years of experience on their instruments. On occasion, LNR would invite close friends Alex Winters or Joe Wright to sit in on their shows. Both Alex and Joe, already held quite impressive credentials. On the occasion that either of these two would sit in, Alex would generally play upright bass or acoustic guitar, or Joes role would strictly be percussionist, playing the hand drums. After almost a year of doing this, Brian and Parker decided to evolve the group to more of a band format, with more emphasis on song structure, while often still staying true to the live jams that they were known for. This transition proved to be simple. Enlisting Alex on the bass guitar/harmony vocal responsibilities and Joe behind the drums, the foursome- who had now changed their name to Xanadu immediately began rehearsing. (The name simply came from a dictionary-reading phase Parker was in at the time, and bears no reference to the Olivia Newton-John film. They plead age ignorance- after all, they weren't even born then!) As word spread about this young supergroup with amazing songs, musicianship and vocal harmonies, the attendance at the shows grew even larger, bringing older fans and even parents who love to draw comparisons to bands of their generation such as Crosby, Stills and Nash. The highlight of the bands career to date would surprisingly be only their 3rd show together, at Tulsas legendary Cains Ballroom. When the boys heard that the Tulsa World was putting on a high school battle of the bands sponsored by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus as well as numerous local vendors, they quickly threw together and submitted a live bedroom recording of two of their songs. Out of almost 60 bands that entered and only 7 that were chosen, Xanadu was one of them. The night of the battle turned out to be what every band dreams of: a sold out show, almost two thousand people watching, dancing, singing along. At the culmination of the evening, Xanadu was the winner, earning the cash prize as the crowd favorite, as well as the grand prizes as the judges favorite. Aside from the extremely positive press the band received as a result, the icing on the cake was no doubt that the band got the chance to record their crowd-favorite song So High on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, as well as shoot a music video for the same song. The song and video were placed on the Tour Bus website and automatically entered into the annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Their song was also entered into the nationwide fan-voted high-school battle of the bands competition, where they placed 2nd in the nation. Other highlights this year included the opportunity to play the 2005 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, receiving a nomination for a Spot Music Award, as well as performing live at the Spot Awards ceremony. The band finished their debut album, a huge thanks goes out from the band to Steve Ripley and his Church Studio for putting SO much time, effort, help and advice in the cd.
The band split ways a year after high school to pursue their personal endeavors. Though the band was no longer together, Brian Payne continued his solo career playing with other local artists such as Zach Winters, Sunday Lane, and many others. After a few years of time off in the mountains and attempting a "big boy desk job" he quickly realized that music was his passion and no other job would suffice. He is now back on the Tulsa music scene in full force. The future is bright for him with his recent release of the Pingree Park Sessions demo showcasing five of his favorite songs, recently written. The artist says "There is no intention of becoming a common name, but it sure would be an awesome living!" If you have the opportunity to experience a live performance, don't miss it - chances are you will be Fancy Folky Fizzle Funked.

Lyrics

April Sky

Written By: Brian Payne

April sky when did you change your mood?
where was I when was winter misconstrued
I ain't saying I wasn't trying to find a place to hide
I just don't think I'm ready for the green April sky

In Oklahoma, back where I am from
She calms the wind, then she brews the storm
She don't know mercy, she don't know how to cry
She don't spare nobody, she's the mean April sky

She is the tornado, she was the mighty wind
She is the tornado, she was the mighty wind
She is the road we all go up to the sky in the end

As for summer, he will come real soon
And when he enters is when she leaves the room
She don't want know conflict, and she don't need no guy
She don't need no reason for what has been the April sky

She is the tornado, she was the mighty wind
She is the tornado, she was the mighty wind
She is the road we all go up to the sky in the end

I'm No Stranger To This Road

Written By: Brian Payne

I'm no stranger to this road
that's hot as hell
I'm no stranger to this road
it knows me well
it's no place to die
but it's fine for me and I
I'm no stranger to this road
as you can tell

I'm no stranger to this road
not near or far
I'm no stranger to this road
and it's fancy cars
They kicked me out on it late last evening
when the beer was too appealing
I'm no stranger to this road
or its bars

I'm no stranger to this road
nor should you
I'm no stranger to this road
and it knows you
doesn't matter which lane
cause it's all the same
I'm no stranger to this road
We keep passing through

Winter Has No Room For You

Written By: Brian Payne

It's stated so simply
and so often heard
It's brewed in our veins
and flies like the birds
it runs like a river
and walks like the breeze
it rises like water
falls like the leaves

the joy that we speak of
that is born inside
the sorrow we know of
and the death of our pride
sometimes wings are broken
and the fall comes too soon
summer can be vacant
and winter have no room (for you)

so again we are broken
all love quickly fades
no wounds are healed, for anyone
only new ones made

Yet I Remain

Written By: Brian Payne

I am a small root
growing deep beneath the earth
though I can feel the tree above
all I ever see is the dirt

I'm sure the sun dances on the limbs
I'm sure the leaves applaud themselves
just to taste the foreign winds,
to taste the fruit of ourselves

yet I remain
deep in the ground
growing further away
from the tree
taking on this water
for a plant that I'll never see

I catch the chill of the first frosting
I hear the laughter of a new spring
although some of the branches are dying
no one heard them scream

and I am one of many
who never get to see the view
unaware of what it out there
and the end we're coming to

yet I remain
deep in the ground
growing further away
from the tree
taking on this water
for a plant that I'll never see

Discography

The Pingree Park Demo Sessions -2011