"Payne’s got that elusive intangible “it” factor that can’t be learned or bottled... The songs are blunt, edgy, and completely infectious. He doesn’t try too hard and yet delivers in spades here." -Jeff Prince, The Fort Worth Weekly

"Tales for Undesirables finds Payne delivering a pack of rootsy country-folk ballads and Dust Bowl era picking hymns. Like many Panhandle songwriters, Payne too is a son of the pioneers. He immerses himself into West Texas drifters time and again with his genuine twang and draw." -Thomas Mooney, New Slang