Wayne Graham
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Wayne Graham

Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States

Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States
Alternative Americana

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"My New Favorite Band"

"My new favorite band! These guys play every show like it is their most important one. All heartfelt lyrics and passionate original music. YOU NEED TO SEE THESE GUYS "LIVE"!!! " - Mark Holmes


"Wayne Graham"

"It cannot be denied that these guys are exceptionally talented. The songwriting is excellent, being both musically astute and emotionally compelling. It made me smile to see it: these guys actually care, really care, about music."
- Kanawha Valley Live, Dr. Tim


"The Eastern Progress"

"Today the music scene is full of pulsating beats, mindless hooks, and cliché lyrics. But a local band, Wayne Graham, breaks this trend and brings a different sound to the table. With a combination of new age indie-rock with timeless folk style, the band tells stories about families, using personal experiences to deliver meaning through the stories they share. Wayne Graham incorporates traditional, relaxing folk sounds with crunchy guitar licks, catchy acoustic riffs, groovy beats and bass lines. The band uses a unique mixture of electronic sounds and more traditional folk instruments such as the mandolin to create an uncommon result. Wayne Graham consists of four friends making music and traveling together. The band’s goal is “to leave listeners a little different than before hearing” them. Their captivating lyrics definitely will grab you and keep you interested throughout the entire song. "
- Jay Ferris


"Wayne Graham - Brighter By Now (2012) Jacob Dixon"

"There is no denying that Miles has a talent for writing catchy and heartfelt songs, but there are points on Brighter By Now where he wears his influences a little higher on his sleeve. Tracks like “New Here” sound like it could be a John Mayer B-Side, and you’d swear that “Dust Your Feet” were a cover of an early My Morning Jacket song. Other tracks play this a little closer to the vest, as in the case of “At Least”, which is a quiet and introspective acoustic track that sounds heavily influenced by a Sky Blue Sky-era Wilco. For me, none of this distracts from the honesty found in the lyrics or the musical prowess required to pull off songs that can easily be likened to such prolific musicians; it’s just a fact that neither adds to or takes from the album. Opening track, “Let’s Keep It That Way” is by an large one of the strongest tracks on the album. It’s dirty and Miles’ vocals are perfect for the sound and feel they are going for."
- Jacob Dixon, Desert Hymns (Dec 27, 2012) - Desert Hymns


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Wayne Graham is the culmination of a work that began over 8 years ago, at least for band founder Kenny Miles. He and his brother Hayden have been writing, arranging, and playing music for as long as they can remember. When you add in the musical talents of band mate Jon Grindstaff, you finally have Wayne Graham. The unusual name comes out of Kenny's love and respect for family, combining the names of his grandfathers Wayne and Graham. The music has evolved since those early beginnings as well. From heavy rock to soft ballads, every style of music and artist is reflected in the sound you hear when you listen to Wayne Graham. Their musical influences include such greats as Wilco, Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. When writing music and lyrics, the band strives for originality and diversity so that every song is it's own musical experience. The current group has been playing and traveling together for the past two years, playing anywhere that will have them. They have graced the stage with such great bands as The Steepwater Band, Sons of Bill, Corey Chisel and The Wondering Sons and St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Their music is both ageless and timeless appealing to young and old alike. Wayne Graham is looking forward to the road that lies ahead. They've just released their newest album, 'Brighter by Now', in April, 2012.