There seems to be real momentum to Payne’s new direction and the band have a symbiotic understanding of what they wish to accomplish musically – music that clearly means a lot to Payne. – Richard Brabin, Oxford Times
Traveling from Massachusetts to Tennessee, then Canada to Colorado set the initial theme for Jonny Payne & The Thunder. The songs are about stories and characters encountered in between. The music is based on music heard (and danced to) in various neon-clad dive-bars stumbled upon somewhere along the way. Not to mention an element of “you ain’t from around here are ya, you ain’t even from the county along” thrown in for being the outsider.
Influence, whether or not heard is taken from roots, soul, gospel and blues, and ends up somewhere in the Windrush Valley Delta.
Listen to his track ‘Toronto’ below: