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Waylon Payne / Doug Seegers / Garrett Wheeler

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WAYLON PAYNE / DOUG SEEGERS / GARRETT WHEELER

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Waylon Payne

WAYLON PAYNE – The son of golden-age country icon Sammi Smith and longtime Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, Waylon Payne has carved his own path as a singer-songwriter; from releasing his debut album The Drifter on Universal Republic, to earning his 2019 Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song, Waylon’s prolific career continues full throttle into his latest project, The Prodigal, produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Pistol Annies), which is slated for early 2020 release. Waylon most recently toured with Robert Earl Keen, and has previously toured with Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and more. In addition to his musical pursuits, Waylon also portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, as well as Hank Garland in the independent film Crazy.

Doug Seegers

Things sure have changed for Doug Seegers ever since that magic night in the early spring of 2014, when he performed his song ”Going Down To The River” in a Swedish TV show hosted by the local country star Jill Johnson. It was an overnight success, the song went straight to #1 on the Itunes chart and in a few months Seegers went from the life as a homeless street singer in Nashville to a major star in Sweden. His debut album ”Going Down To The River” went Platinum. A duet album with Jill Johnson as well as a Christmas album both charted. He’s done around 200 shows, more or less all of them sold out. And he’s been on all the major TV shows. But all that is history now when we’re looking forward to next chapter of the fairy tale. A chapter that’s perhaps not as spectacular as the first one, but never the less quite amazing. The new album album ”Walking On the Edge of the World” proves once and for all that Seegers is not a one hit wonder but an accomplished singer, songwriter and performer. 9 of 12 songs are originals and the standard of the songwriting skills are unbelievably high. Listen to the title track ”Walking On the Edge of the World”, the Southern rockish ”Before the Crash” or the beautiful hymn ”Give It Away”. Songwriting and performing at its very best! The two covers Doug Seegers included are ”Far Side Banks of Jordan” and ”Don’t Laugh at Me”. The former a country gospel previously recorded by Carter Family and Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash. Here we get it as a heart breaking duet with Emmylou Harris. “If I Were You” was written by Jim Lauderdale and performed as a duet with old friend Buddy Miller. ”Don’t Laugh at Me” was written by Mark Wills and it’s brought crowds all over Scandinavia into tears more than once. In his songs, Seegers tells us about the reality he used to live in. And to a certain extent still do. Even if he’s no longer poor, he still lives a simple life and stays in touch with his old friends. He sings about an ex-girlfriend in ”Before the Crash”, about addiction in ”Zombie” and about reaching out a helping hand to your fellow man in ”Give It All Away”. The lyrics are not necessarily about himself but talks about people living in the outskirts of society. With love and empathy without getting sentimental and never judging. Just like the first album ”Going Down To the River”, ”Walking On the Edge of the World” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Will Kimbrough. Seegers was backed by some of the best musicians Nashville has to offer; Al Perkins, Phil Madeira, Chris Donohue, Bryan Owings, Buddy Miller and Elizabeth Cook to mention a few. The Doug Seegers fairy tale has been told several times already. A Cinderella story with all the classic ingredients and almost too good to be true. But the hobo-turned-into-star is the truth and nothing but the truth, swear to God. No less amazing is how Seegers handled his new found fame. How he emerged as a professional, experienced artist with the ability to do his part on stage, in the recording studio, in interviews, radio- and TV- shows, signing records, as a songwriter – like it was all he ever done in his whole life. Everybody working close to him, constantly have to remind themselves that less than 3 years ago, Seegers was living under a bridge, battling addiction and playing his music on the streets to survive. Even more astonishing is to see the everyday growth of Doug Seegers as a human being. For many years he lived a rough life, even though Doug himself doesn’t agree. Self pity is not his thing. But the life he used to live scarred him of course. His ability to remember thing was limited, to put it mildly. Off stage he could get restless and unfocused and he sometimes had a hard time dealing with the world outside the music. But the healing has begun. He’s improving every day. Doug is not an educated man, he probably skipped school most of the time. He rarely reads books, but he’s still a very intelligent man, picking up new things every day at the speed of a child, eager to learn. Doug Seegers is deeply rooted in the musical traditions of the American South. A tradition where the bounders between country, soul, rock and blues are invisible or at least unclear. It’s easy to imagine Seegers writing songs with Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham in Muscle Shoals or with Chips Moman in Memphis. Songs that Aretha Franklin or Elvis Presley could have scored hits with. He could have been hanging out with Tony Joe White in Georgia or with Waylon and Willie in Nashville. But that never happened. We know that for sure even if some parts of the Doug Seegers history still are a bit foggy. He had a band in New York in the seventies and they recorded a 7”, moved to Austin for a while in the eighties and played with Buddy Miller briefly, but apart from that he didn’t make much of a musical impression. Back in New York he worked as a carpenter and raised a family. Then there is a long period, a downward spiral including divorce, booze and drugs, ending up as a homeless in Nashville. Enter a TV team lead by Swedish stars Magnus Carlsson and Jill Johnson, both of them falling in love with Doug and his song “Going Down To The River” in the fall of 2013. At the same time Doug decided to get sober with the help of God. A few months later the show was broadcasted and thing never were the same again. The “Going Down To The River” were an instant success and Doug now has Gold and Platinum album on the apartment wall back home in Nashville. He’s done several sold out tours in Sweden and has played many prestigious gigs in Europe and US. Doug has also recorded a duet album with Jill Johnson (”In Tandem”) and a Christmas album (”Let’s All Go Christmas Caroling Tonight”). But despite all recordings and releases in recent years - ”Walking On the Edge of the World” is only the second solo album with original material by the 64 year old Doug Seegers. An unmistakable statement to any sceptics out there – Doug Seegers is here to stay!

Garrett Wheeler

Garrett Wheeler is a singer songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He released his debut single, ” This Road I'm On “ in 2017, which established his footing in Roots Music. His upcoming album explores a more diverse pool of influences from rock & roll bands such as Lucero, to old-country greats like Johnny Cash, while still striving to showcase the lyrics of his songs and the stories they tell. Listen to his newest release “BIRMINGHAM” on all major music platforms now!

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