Julie Payne
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Julie Payne

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Her approach is kept simple,
doubling some vocals and remaining
upfront and clean with the instrumentation.
It’s the script that’s most
appealing, and Payne’s voice appears
more powerful than in a live setting.

Payne has emerges with a definitive
style in “Exhaling,” handpicking a
fluid batch of simple tunes from her
prolific songwriting closet. Typically a
solo performer, Payne can usually be
found singing her tunes at Joe’s
Garage open mic on Fridays at Snow
King or at Jackson Hole Roasters in
the summer.
— Aaron Davis - Planet Jackson Hole


Discography

'exhaling' was released last summer (2005) and is a collection of folky tunes written over a couple of years previous.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Acoustic singer/songwriter, Julie Payne’s music has been described as “not quite simple folk but certainly not rock…crossing a few different boundaries but not being so tied into one...”

Raised on a Midwestern, anarcho-syndicalist commune by militant, Socialist circus performers, Julie was inspired early on by artists such as Barry Manilow and the atonal musings of Arnold Schönberg. She was often heard singing Kenny Rogers’ “Coward of the County” while mowing the grass around the commune.

The show biz bug bit Julie early in life when she delivered “The Gettysburg Address” on WJOB AM 1230, in Hammond, Indiana, with all the fiery intensity of a 10-year old, female Abraham Lincoln.

Julie left the corn-fed security of the Midwest for the mountains of Colorado and then for the mountains of Wyoming and then for the mountains of Colorado (again).

Currently based in the Boulder area, Julie spends her time trying to disprove Fermat’s last theorem, perfecting her world domination scheme, needlepoint, and time permitting, writing songs and performing them in public places.

Julie sez, "I am consistently drawn to singer/songwriter types and would list artists such as Greg Brown, Darrell Scott, Townes Van Zandt, and the Be Good Tanyas as current influences.

Since I lost all of my music playing buddies in the move, I've taken to mic-ing and playing a hand drum (something of a bodhrán-type drum) with my feet to accompany my songs. It adds a pretty cool sound to the tunes."