Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne

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by Jimmy Wayne
Despite the fact that he was signed during Nashville's most serious identity crisis, Jimmy Wayne may not be a "pure country artist" (whatever that phrase means anymore). But he does possess two things that the great singer/songwriters in any genre should: passion and honesty. Wayne writes edgy life-and-love songs that come from his own autobiography, much of it spent


Despite the fact that he was signed during Nashville's most serious identity crisis, Jimmy Wayne may not be a "pure country artist" (whatever that phrase means anymore). But he does possess two things that the great singer/songwriters in any genre should: passion and honesty. Wayne writes edgy life-and-love songs that come from his own autobiography, much of it spent surviving a broken family and homelessness. His tunes are informed by influences ranging from Steve Earle to Daryl Hall to Don Henley. Wayne's darkness -- and it is considerable -- is tempered by the openness in the grain of his voice and his vulnerability. His youth is not ashamed to sing straight about the weight of his brokenness and yet his willingness to endure it, because love in any guise is better than its alternative. The album's first single, "Stay Gone," is an invitation for the rest of us to remember our own experiences, despite his protagonist's plea to remain apart, out of sight, because of the pain. "Paper Angel" talks about the forgotten, the lost, the taken; children whom Wayne knows well; in fact, as the power chords and mandolin entwine around his reaching vocals and cascading acoustic guitar, we come to understand that he can understand that he can sing this way because he's been one of these children. When he sings the refrain, with more yearning and determination to convince than in a thousand Steve Earle songs, it's because he knows the other side: "Paper Angels/You're in my thoughts and prayers/No matter where you are remember God's right there/he's asking all of us to help take care/of paper angels everywhere." The production team of Chris Lindsey and James Stroud has added a lot to songs that are in essence very simple and powerful in and of themselves. It's obvious they want this kid to be a star, but he would have gotten there without all this. The music biz in Nash Vegas has dug its own cookie cutter grave by signing look-alikes who are pretty on TV, and giving those models songs by hacks to record. Then there are the creeps who run country radio and have consciously done everything to ruin country music and its rich heritage; they deserve their fate. However, as a result of folly and greed and arrogance, the entire biz there needs to look at virtually everything that comes their way since they don't know what it is people want, and that's definitely a positive. Programmers actually have to do their jobs, A&R men have to listen to tapes instead of looking at 8x10 glossies to debate whether they'll look good on CMT. Wayne's the real thing. He could make a hard country record, he could make a pop record, a solid rock album; he could even cut a solid soul record with his voice. As a result he could deliver the goods in a more chancy setting, but it's a small complaint. This album may be a tad slick but the substance far outweighs the polish. This is a young man for whom the sky is the limit. He can write, sing and yeah, for a guy who spent so much of his life living outdoors and in shelters, he's a handsome devil too. But the grain of truth that's in his voice outstrips any image or sonic trappings that may be placed upon him from outside. Keep your ears open; this young man is no flash in the pan.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
[Wayne's] bruised songs throb with stone-cold truths. (B+)
Billboard - Ray Waddell
Wayne's troubled upbringing makes for a good story, and he has plenty of strong enough chops to stick around awhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
Dreamworks Nashville


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Wayne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Akers   Piano,Keyboards
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Kevin Paige   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Wayne R. Halper   Liner Notes
Chris Lindsey   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bill Luther   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Jill Wood   Composer
Billy Kirsch   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Director,Producer
Marvin Green   Composer
Jimmy Wayne   Composer
Deena Shapiro   Liner Notes
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Slam Duncan   Interviewer
Jeremy Stover   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer

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Jimmy Wayne 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen Jimmy Wayne twice in concert, and both times was quite impressed. He's not only a great musician, he sings with honesty and passion. I would advise those who love today's country music to get this album! You won't be dissappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Wayne's self-titled debut album is one that really impressed and had an impact on me. The first thing I noticed is his distinctive and soulful voice paired with very clever and thought-provokingly honest songwriting. Every song is great and bears great talent and content. This album is a must-have from an artist that is very talented and compelling and has something important to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to meet Jimmy Wayne at a benefit concert in Clearwater, Fl. Unfortunately I didn't get to hear him play, but I did get a chance to get his autograph and talk to him. He was such a pleasure to talk to and a real down to earth genuine guy. I am looking forward to the release of his album or CD. I do have his single Stay Gone, which I play over and over. I must admit I enjoy the piano version more, because he seems to put his heart and soul into that cut. Plus it sounds as though it is just him and the piano. Looking forward the the release. Sabrina
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has heart and soul and songs that have true meaning. Not only does Jimmy show off his great voice but the songs are well written and inspirational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
impressive debut album from young jimmy wayne fuelled by the top 40 success of stay gone a uptempo power ballad through to the knockout ballads are you ever gonna love me,just a dream,youre not the one im talking to,i love you this much lush stringlaiden production with just enough twang in there to qualify it as country, well new country soulfull singing should allow this album to gain cross over air play country purists might find this a little to slick and pop orientated but would be hard pressed to deny he's a real talent for present and future