“Had a ball working with the amazing Ashley Judd. Thank you Seth Green for the photo! Go check out The Identical which is in theaters today!”
— Waylon Payne
“I watched my friend Willie Nelson on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer last night. What an enormous honor it has been to have him as a beacon on this journey of this thing called my life. He has shown me as well as everyone in the business how it is done. Proof that when you make it about the right thing, the possibilities are endless. Hell, he just had another number one album. He doesn’t know it but he recently reminded me how important it is to be passionate about what you do. He also reminded me that I can’t do anything about yesterday and I can’t do anything about tomorrow but I do have right now. And right now everything’s ok. Pretty good mantra to live by. I love you Willie. Thanks so very much.” — Waylon Payne
Singer, actor, and writer of songs, like this one he wrote, recorded by LeeAnn Womack: Solitary Thinking
The son of music royalty – his father is Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, his mother was Nashville hitmaker Sammi Smith of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” fame – Waylon Payne is one of the best of the new breed of yyoung writers and was nominated for a Grammy for writing Lee Ann Womack’s “Solitary Thinkin’.”
“Full Moon, Full Life” concert celebrating Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran and benefitting pancreatic cancer research at The Backyard Live Oak Amphitheatre on May 20, featuring Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings Official, Ray Benson, Cody Canada, Lukas Nelson, Official Paula Nelson Band, Waylon Payne, members of Whiskey Myers and more.
For ticket information: www.theBackYard.net
I asked Paul English if I could do a selfie with him, and he said, “I have no idea what that is, but okay.” Then I said I would love to have a Me and Paul picture; that everyone wants one. He is such a gracious man.
Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt
I took these selfies in the morning before the Willie Nelson and family show at the BackYard Amphitheater last Tuesday. Now I think I know why everyone avoided me all afternoon — fear of selfies on Facebook.
Thanks to these kind folks for being good sports; no one said no, even though they were all busy and on their way to do something somewhere.
Last night, Raelyn Nelson was one of Waylon Payne’s guests at the Nashville Film Festival’s premiere of the new movie he is in: “The Identical.”
Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins.
One of the boys becomes the most famous rock ‘n’ roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry.
Ryan is encouraged by his wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous brother!
A timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption. A captivating journey about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition.
STARRING: Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta
DIRECTED BY: Dustin Marcellino
PRODUCED BY: Mark G. Mathis, Yochanan Marcellino, Matthew Dean Russell
DRAMA, 107 Min, 2014
Featuring over 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino including: “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight”