Archive for the ‘Dallas Wayne’ Category

Rest in Peace, Tim O’Connor, and thanks for the music

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Tim O’Connor, owner and inspiration behind the former Back Yard concert venue outside Austin, has passed away. He’s pictured here with Connie Nelson and Dallas Wayne at the Back Yard, in ’13.

Dallas Wayne and Lukas Nelson, in Luck

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

photo: Janis Tillerson

A fan and a friend remembers Jody Payne

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
by:  Dallas Moore

On the morning of Saturday, August 10, 2013, the world lost a true giant of Country Music when Jody Payne was called home.

Like the iconic “Red Headed Stranger” that he spent so many years making music with, Jody was a master of the guitar, a great contributor to the Willie Nelson and Family Band “Sound” and had a profound musical influence on an entire generation of musicians. Born on January 11,1936 in Garrard County, Kentucky Jody began his musical journey playing Bluegrass with Charlie Monroe (Brother of Bill Monroe) and eventually met up with notable Kentucky pickers including rockabilly innovator Orangie Hubbard and Dillard Anderson (Uncle of the fiery fingered guitarist Scotty Anderson).

After moving to Norwood, Ohio (more on this writers personal connection with that later) to finish out High School, Jody was drafted into the United States Army where he served two years before landing in Detroit, Michigan which led to a stint playing with Merle Haggard. He would also later play with Tanya Tucker and Leon Russell. When Jody met Willie Nelson, Ol’ Willie was playing bass in Ray Price’s Band and in 1973 was putting together what would become the classic Willie Nelson and Family Band lineup. It was from 1973 until his retirement in 2008 that Jody took his music all around the World with Willie.

What a TEAM they were! Jody always said, “I play what Willie DOESN’T play. I lay down a foundation for Willie to improvise and then I get my own licks in to fill it all up. Sometimes the best music is the space ‘between’ the music and notes and that’s where I try to fit in and bring us all together.” Jody played an integral part in the making of such ground breaking albums as Willie’s Red Headed Stranger, Honeysuckle Rose, and Stardust to name but a few.

In the LIVE shows, Jody was known for singing Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues” and also taking a turn as Willie’s duet partner for classics like “Seven Spanish Angels” and ”Pancho and Lefty.” His voice was totally unique with a timber that was both gravelly and silky at the same time. He was Country to the bone, but Jody had SOUL and he could also Rock N Roll as is evident on the awesome cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” with Jody, Willie and Leon Russell. They completely took one of “The King,” Elvis Presley’s signature numbers and turned it into their own foot stompin’, raucous, roadhouse blues jams complete with burning guitar solos from both Jody and Willie and Mickey Raphael’s Harmonica ride bringing the song to a feverish pitch. When asked about how that particular version came about, Jody replied, “We were just havin’ fun and jammin’ and thought we’d take ‘em back to Memphis. Plus, I got to throw in a few of my old friend Lonnie Mack’s tricks.”  Check It Out.

Jody also appeared with Willie on the silver screen in the movies “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Songwriter” as well as numerous television appearances including the classic Austin City Limits.

It was on a string of Tour dates back in 1997-1998 serving as the opening act for Willie Nelson that I got to finally meet Jody in person. I had no idea at the time that we would become the best of friends and family over the years. The first show was in Owensboro, Kentucky and I came out and played a 30 minute solo acoustic set to open the show. I had long been a huge fan of Willie Nelson and Family and had even dedicated my 1st solo album My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys to Willie, Waylon and David Allan Coe. That night, being young and excited to play in front of my heroes, I played ”My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and I also played “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and dedicated them to Willie and Jody and all of the Family Band.

The late, great bass player  Bee Spears came to me at the end of my set and said, “Thanks for playin’ our songs kid,” and Jody came up and introduced himself, shook my hand graciously told me, “That was really great, son. Could I please have one of your CD’s, I really enjoyed your music.” I was in hog heaven with my Honky Tonk Heroes and then I realized that in my “youthful exuberance” I had just played two of Willie’s tunes right before he was going play them! Mortified that I may have just blown my chance to ever jam with them again, I told Willie that I had just messed up and sang their songs in my set. Willie just smiled that devilish grin of his and asked “Well did they like ‘em?” I nervously said, “Yeah they seemed to,” and Ol’ Willie just cracked up, patted me on the shoulder and said, “Well do ‘em again next time.” I let out a huge sigh of relief, pleasantly surprised that there would indeed be a “next time.” The so called “next time” ended up being at Ft. Lewis in Washington State. I was on the bill with Willie Nelson and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and had hopped a plane out to do the show.

After sound check, we were hangin’ around havin’ a few beers when Jody sat down beside me and said, “You’re a long way from Kentucky, son, where are you actually from, Dallas?” I replied that I was from a small town called Norwood, Ohio which was a ”City Within the City of Cincinnati.” Jody immediately lit up and told me he had graduated from Norwood High School in 1954. I was blown away to learn that my guitar pickin’ hero and friend had come from my hometown and graduated from my Alma Mater. Upon my return home, I told my Mom, Madgelee Hanes Moore that Jody had graduated from Norwood High in ’54 (Mom, herself was in the Class of ’55). Mom ran upstairs to retrieve a dusty old year book from Norwood High School 1955. “Take it to Jody on your next show together as he may not have gotten his with being drafted straight into the Army,” she said. Sure enough, that’s exactly what I did a few weeks later when I was called to do a festival in Evansville, Indiana with Willie Nelson and Family, Leon Russell and The Amazing Rhythm Aces. When I presented Jody with the old forgotten yearbook he was beaming and very thankful. He told me that day that I was one of the only guys he knew that he could call both “Brother” and ”Son” and that he ought to be known as my “Godfather” and that’s how I always have and always will address Jody Payne ever since.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson with Steve Earle on SiriusXM radio

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Jeremy Tepper, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Steve Earle

Thank you, Janis from Texas for these pictures from SiriusXM Radio.

Dallas Wayne with Lukas Nelson


Happy Birthday, Dallas Wayne

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Happy birthday to dear Dallas Wayne, singer, song-writer, musician, on air talent from Sirius/XM Radio.

And he’s got a new album out!

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Dallas Wayne, “Blame It On The Times”

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
by:  Stirling Whitaker

Dallas Wayne is releasing a follow-up to his collection of classic country covers, and he’s sharing his thoughts on one of the tracks exclusively with Taste of Country readers.

Wayne is a singer-songwriter and the host of SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country. In the clip above, hear Wayne’s interpretation of “Blame It on the Times,” a song Willie Nelson wrote in 1961 and released in 1978 on his Face of a Fighter album. Wayne puts an even more traditional country slant on his interpretation of Nelson’s song, which appears on Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2.

Wayne released the first volume of his covers collection in 2016. “I couldn’t do Volume 2 without putting another Willie Nelson song on the album,” he says in the clip above. “We tried to find something that hadn’t been done to death before, [and] we came across ‘Blame It on the Times.’ I remembered the song when it was originally recorded as kind of a calypso-type beat. We straightened it back out into a country shuffle, and I think it works pretty well.”

Nelson himself has praised Wayne’s new cover of his old song, saying, “Thanks for bringing this one back! Also, I love the Vern Gosdin cover, ‘Is It Raining at Your House.’ Remember our motto: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It.”

Wayne undertook the covers projects as a labor of love. He says the second volume “represents a continuing journey back to the songs that made me fall in love with classic country music. Together with the previous Songs the Jukebox Taught Me project, this collection of 25 songs is a tribute to the songwriters who crafted them, and the artists who sang them — the heroes and teachers who taught me this music.”

Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2 is set for release on June 22. It is currently available for pre-order.

For more information about Dallas Wayne’s projects and up upcoming tour dates, please visit his official website.

“Happy 85th birthday to this young man!”

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Dallas Wayne and Willie Nelson


See Johnny Bush with Dallas Wayne in Fort Worth this weekend.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Johnny Bush and special guest Dallas Wayne at Lil’ Reds Longhorn Saloon in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

Dallas Wayne and other Country Music Association of Texas Awards Recipients (Oct. 25, 2017)

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

New Dallas Wayne album, “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Dallas Wayne can be heard on Sirius/XM Radio Monday through Fridays, on Sirius/XM Radio, on Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhousee. He was inducted into Texas Disc Jockey Hall of Fame last year by Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and his new album, “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me” is available to purchase on his website:  The album includes duets with Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson and Jeannie Seely.

You can follow Dallas on FaceBook, too.

Track List:

  • Your Time’s Comin’ with Willie Nelson
  • Who’ll Turn Out The Lights In Your World Tonight
  • A Dime At A Time
  • Yesterday’s Gone with Paula Nelson
  • Sea Of Heartbreak
  • Devil In The Bottle
  • Three Days
  • No Relief In Sight
  • It Just Doesn’t Seem To Matter with Jeannie Seely
  • Skip A Rope
  • Eleven Roses with Darrell & Mona McCall
  • Sun Comin’ Up
  • She Always Got What She Wanted
  • Stop The World And Let Me Off


You can see HeyBale!, with Dallas Wayne, perform every week in Austin, at the Continental Club, on
Sunday nights at the Continental Club, on 1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX
New Time!  7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The shows are so much fun, music is great, and lots of dancing!

Other chances to see Dallas:

Sept. 9

 Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon

121 West Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 386-5962
9:00 p.m.
with Johnny Bush

Sept. 14

The Palace Theater

112 W. 6th Ave.
Corsicana, TX
(903) 874-7792
7:30 p.m.
with Janie Fricke, David Frizzell


Oct. 1

 Nikki Mitchell Foundation Fundraiser

Cottonwood Golf Club
7160 Byron Nelson Blvd.
Montgomery, AL
with Jamey Johnson

Oct. 3

The Gathering

Geronimo VFW Post 8456
6808 N. Hwy 123
Geronimo, TX
(830) 379-9260
7:00 p.m.

Congratulations, Bobbie Nelson, inducted into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2017, with Dallas Wayne

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Congratulations to Bobbie Nelson for her induction into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas last Saturday night.  Dallas Wayne inducted her.  And thanks so much to Janis Tillerson, who attended the event to help honor Bobbie Nelson, and shared these great photos.

Musician and Sirius/XM Radio on-air personality, Dallas Wayne introduced Sister Bobbie.  Dallas was inducted into the Disc Jokey Hall of Fame last year by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, Dallas Wayne

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Congratulations to Dallas Wayne for his induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Luck, Texas

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Sirius/XM Radio producers and on-air talent, Jeremy Tepper and Dallas Wayne, in Luck, Texas, with Willie Nelson.

Happy Birthday, Dallas Wayne

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Happy birthday to dear Dallas Wayne, singer, song-writer, musician, on air talent from Sirius/XM Radio.

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

Saturday, April 29th, 2017