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Daniel Payne, of Lubbock, Texas, is a songwriter of southwest-styled folk-blues and American country gothic.  His music features traditional country influences with an edge for compelling and original storytelling.  Daniel is on tour with a band in 2017 behind his latest full-length release, Tales for Undesirables-- his third full-length album.  This new batch of tales features gothic imagery, ghost stories, murder ballads, and tense, sparse tearjerkers drawn from recent personal losses and misfortunes. 

His first release, "In the Fertile Gardens of Freedom", was called a "minor masterpiece" by Jeff Prince of the Fort Worth Weekly.  More recently, he has been praised by Bob Wayne as "a bad ass mother f***ing songwriter" as well as Colonel J.D. Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers, as "very, very good."  The latest release is the second of Daniel's which he has recorded with Andy Gibson, this time also featuring Donnie Herron on fiddle and John McTigue III on drums.  "These cats are the very best of the best," said Daniel.  "One take wonders.  It's not every day you get to make a record with your heroes.  It's the kind of thing where even if I just do it once I know I can die happy." 

When asked if it took him his whole life to write these songs, Payne said, "Hell naw.  I wrote that record the week before I went in the studio. Brett Walker played the bass on this record.  I can't ever forget about the friends who were there with me since the beginning, when I was yet as broke and unsuccessful and almost as disillusioned as I still am now."

Check the tour schedule out by clicking the "shows" link, and make sure you pick up a copy of the record Tales for Undesirables

Touring band (current):
Aaron Smith
Lorenzo Mazzilli
Will Felty

Brett Walker
Dan Hardick
Marc Santo
Jan Van Loij
Adam Kobetich
Michael Cano

Studio band:
Brett Walker
Donnie Herron
Cookie Monster
Amanda Contreras
Billy Contreras
Andy Gibson
Chris Scruggs
Eric Tull
Eric Kandrashoff
Roger Ray
Sammy Carr
Cody Main
Chris Stuart
Levi Ray
Bart Rose
Jimmy Parker

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