R.I.P. Jody Payne

R.I.P. Jody Payne

Postby paperboy » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:11 am

It is with a heavy heart Willie Nelson and Family are sad to report that Jody Payne passed away on Saturday morning. Jody was a part of the Nelson band for over three decades.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki, sons Waylon and Austin, and the many family and friends. We understand that he will not have a public funeral and a possible memorial will be held later this year.

If you would like to view videos of Jody with Willie and the rest of the band, you can see those here

Jody was a great friend and will be missed dearly.

- The Willie Nelson Team


Jody Payne, Willie Nelson Guitarist, Dead at 77

'Seriously getting the band back together in heaven now,' reads a post on Nelson's Facebook

By Erin Coulehan

August 12, 2013 10:55 AM ET

Jody Payne, longtime guitarist for Willie Nelson, died on Saturday from cardiac complications. Payne woke up early feeling ill, reports The Associated Press, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The musician, who was 77, had a history of cardiac issues.

"Sad to report that Jody Payne passes away," reads a post on Nelson's Facebook. "Seriously getting the band back together in heaven now. Jody Payne with Bee Spears and Poodie."

The shaggy, Kentucky-born guitarist was a skilled country and bluegrass player from an early age; his first teachers included legendary pickers Merle Travis and Charlie Monroe. He also recorded at Motown Records and played with Ray Price and Merle Haggard before teaming up with Nelson from 1973 through 2008. "My role was to try and put something down for Willie to walk on [with his guitar], try to lay it down for him and sing a little harmony to support his vocals," Payne told Joe Nick Patoski in Nelson's biography, An Epic Life.

Payne's twangy Telecaster and gruff voice complemented Nelson's clean vocals and nylon-stringed stabbing – their duet of "Working Man's Blues" was a highlight for years.

Payne retired in Stapleton, Alabama, with his wife Vicki, where he continued playing and teaching guitar at a local music store until the time of his death, enjoying retirement. "I miss the guys and I miss the sound, but I don't miss the bus," he told local paper the Mobile Press-Register in 2011. "It got where you knew what city you were in because of what the auditorium looked like, not what the city looked like.

"We created musical history," Payne added. "It wasn't me, it was us. I was just a small part of something people wanted to hear, and we entertained them."

TV producent John de Mol: “Ik zie het meer als een algemene tendens in dit land, dat wie boven het maaiveld probeert uit te steken altijd op weerstand stuit. Hou het maar bij het oude, doe maar gewoon en doe eigenlijk liever vooral niks. “

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