Biographies

JACKIE PAYNE


The Bronze, Blues, & Brews Festival, Joseph, OR ©Steve Spoulos

The Bronze, Blues, & Brews Festival, Joseph, OR ©Steve Spoulos

The Man with too Much Soul to Control!

 

 

 

Jackie Payne’s singing career began over forty years ago with his father’s gospel choir in Athens , Georgia . Payne spent his formative years hanging out with his harmonica playing uncle, Georgia bluesman, Neal Pattman . “I first heard Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter from my uncle. He would take me around when I was about four or five and I would sit on his shoulder. He only had one arm and I would sit and hold on and he would blow his harp and let me sing.” Payne began singing professionally with the Allen Swing Band out of Atlanta at age thirteen and later joined the R&B group, The Serenaders .

In 1963, at age 17, he moved to Houston where he worked with many Blues and R&B legends including: T-Bone Walker , Johnny Clyde Copeland , Clarence Hollimon , Albert Collins , Wayne Bennett , Otis Redding , Gatemouth Brown , Lowell Fulson , Buddy Ace , Freddy King , Gladys Knight , Etta James and more. Jackie had his first regional hit, “ Go Go Train ” b/w “ I’ll Be Home ,” on the Jetstream label in 1965. The success of that single led to a 45 city tour with the Stax revue featuring Otis Redding , Sam & Dave and Rufus& Carla Thomas . After a stint in the Army in 1968, Payne settled in Culver City , California . A job at the Cover Girl Club found Payne paired with Pee Wee Crayton . The gig lasted four years, and during that time Payne garnered four Entertainer of the Year awards. In addition, Jackie was the lead singer for the Johnny Otis Show for 15 years, and has appeared on the Johnny Otis Saturday morning radio show broadcast live on KPFA-FM. The University of Indiana has entered 700 of these tapes into their musical library, making the pairing of Johnny Otis and Jackie Payne a part of musical history forever. “Spirit of the Black Territory Bands,” recorded by The Johnny Otis Orchestra, featured Jackie on vocals and was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award. Jackie has headlined shows in the U.S. , Sweden , Belgium , France , Thailand , and Japan . Jackie currently performs with his musical partner, Steve Edmonson as The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band . The pair has released two critically acclaimed CD’s, “ Partners in the Blues ” (Burnside 049,) and “ Master of the Game ” (Delta Groove DGPCD110.) Jackie & Steve won The Contemporary Blues Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006 for the “Master of the Game” CD on Delta Groove.

RECENT AWARD NOMINATIONS

Jackie Payne has been nominated in  2007, 2008, and 2009  for the Blues Music Award ( formerly the W. C. Handy Awards ) for Best Male Soul Blues Artist . In addition, the award nominations for the band just in the past two years include The 2007 and 2009 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album for “Master of the Game,” and “Overnight Sensation”, The Contemporary Blues Awards for Best Blues Album Of 2006, Best Blues Song Of The Year ( Sweet Landlady ,)  and Best Blues Singer Male ( Jackie Payne .) The Band also received the nomination for The 2006 Southern Soul Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006 for the “ Master of the Game ” CD (DGPCD110.)

PARTIAL DISCOGRAPHY

1965 – Go Go Train b/w I’ll Be Home, Jetstream (produced by Huey P. Meaux).

1990 – Good Loving Blues, The Johnny Otis Show, Ace Records

1992 – Spirit of the Black Territory Bands, Johnny Otis and his Orchestra (1993 Grammy Award Nomination)

1995 – Big Guitar, Anthony Paule, Blue Dot Records

1997 – Johnny Otis R & B Dance Party, Vol. I, The Johnny Otis Show, J & T Records

1997 – In All Of My Life, Kenny “Blue” Ray, JSP Records

1997 – Day in the Life of a Bluesman, Jackie Payne, JSP Records

1999 – I’m Here And I’m Gone, Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, JSP Records

2000 – Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party, Jackie Payne, Shades of Blues

2001 – Soulful Blues, Kenny “Blue” Ray, Tone King

2003 – Partners In The Blues, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Burnside Records

2006 – Master of the Game, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

2009 – Overnight Sensation, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

PRESS

“…a performer of classy presence and subtle physical movement [who’s] got the raspy-voiced Wilson Pickett – Otis Redding thing nailed flat”.

The Los Angeles Times

“…all hype aside, Jackie Payne is one of the finest blues singers and R & B interpreters in the country.”
Joseph Jordan, Southland Blues

“… What can you say about Jackie Payne that hasn’t been said before? He has performed or recorded with just about everyone, but is probably most well known for his work with Johnny Otis. I have yet to hear a blues/r&b singer that puts more emotional intensity or feeling into his work than this man.
…T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World with Jackie’s vocals sounding like he is expressing a personal issue at times, which only goes to prove what a totally convincing singer this cat is.”
Steve Hinrichsen, Blues Bytes, Online Blues Review

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STEVE EDMONSON


The Joseph Bronze Blues and Brews Festival, Jospeh, OR     ©Steve Spoulos

The Bronze, Blues, & Brews Festival, Joseph, OR ©Steve Spoulos

Steve was almost literally born with a guitar in his hands. The son of folk musician Travis Edmonson (of Bud and Travis fame), Steve spent the first several years of his life criss-crossing the country on the road. He was there as his father toured and performed with Josh White, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

 

 

 

Steve has performed with musicians of such diverse styles a

Betty Harris  

Buddy Miles

Frankie Lee

James Cotton

Johnny Rawls

Kenny Blue Ray

Kid Ramos

Luther Tucker

Maria Muldaur

Nick Moss  

R.J. Mischo

Rusty Zinn

Sir Mack Rice

Sugar Pie DeSanto

Syl Johnson

Toni Lynn Washington

Trudy Lynn

Van Morrison

Sherman Robertson

FESTIVALS AND CONCERT APPEARANCES

Steve spent four years touring with the Blues/Soul show band, the Dynatones, and has performed at clubs all over the United States including The House of Blues nightclubs in Orlando and Chicago, Brew Brothers Pub at the El Dorado and Silver Legacy Complex in Reno and the prestigious Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe resort. He has been a featured performer at numerous fairs and outdoor events, including the 2000 and 2003 San Francisco Blues Festivals, the Shasta Blues Festival, Eureka’s Blues by the Bay, the Cal-Expo State Fair, the 2000 Illinois State Fair, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the Utah Arts Festival, Texas’ Cajun Catfish Festival and Reno’s Hot August Nights. He performed for more than 200,000 fans in San Antonio, Texas headlining that city’s official Millennium Party. In addition, Steve has performed with The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band at the following festivals in just the past two years: The Pinedale Blues Festival, Pinedale, WY, The Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey, CA, Åmål’s Blues Fest , Åmål, Sweden, The Poconos Blues Festival, Big Boulder Lake, PA, The Kalama Blues Festival, Kalama, WA, The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival, Hardin, KY, The San Francisco Blues Festival, San Francisco, CA. The Cityfolk Festival, Dayton, Ohio, The Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Dodgeville Blues Festival / Dodgeville, Wisconsin, The Mount Baker Blues Festival, Deming, Washington, The Homegrown Blues Festival / Oakland , CA, The Koh Samui Blues and World Music Festival, Koh Samui, Thailand, and The Bayfront Blues Festival  Duluth, Minnesota.

AWARD NOMINATIONS

Award nominations for the band just in the past two years include The 2007 and 2009 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album for “Master of the Game,” and “Overnight Sensation”, The Contemporary Blues Awards for Best Blues Album Of 2006, Best Blues Song Of The Year ( Sweet Landlady ,)  and Best Blues Guitarist (Steve Edmonson.) The Band also received the nomination for The 2006 Southern Soul Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006 for the “ Master of the Game ” CD (DGPCD110.)

DISCOGRAPHY

1987 – Working for the Blues, Eugene & The Bluejeans, Avalon Records

1991 – A Night at the Saloon, The Bluejeans, Saloon Recordings

1994 – European Harmonica Compilation, with Dave Wellhausen & Kenny “Blue” Ray

1995 – Bay Area Blues, with Ron Thompson & Gary Smith, Taxim

1995 – More Bay Area Blues, with The Vipers, Kenny “Blue” Ray, Ron Thompson
& Bobbie Webb, Taxim

1997 – West Coast Wailers, with Dave Wellhausen & Kenny “Blue” Ray, Double Trouble

1999 – Shake that Mess, The Dynatones, Blue Suit

2001 – Soulful Blues, with Jackie Payne & Kenny “Blue” Ray, Tone King

2003 – Partners In The Blues, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Burnside Records

2006 – Master of the Game, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

2009 – Overnight Sensation, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

Steve has also spent time in the producer’s chair, in addition to co-producing Soulful Blues, 2001; his production credits include the Soul Drivers Tight White Dress, 1994, The Dynatones Shake that Mess, 1999, Partners In The Blues, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Burnside Records 2003, and Master of the Game, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Production 2006, all of which have received critical acclaim.

PRESS

“ Between Jackie Payne’s super soulful, gospely blues vocals and Steve Edmonson’s six string sting, you’ve got an unbeatable combination not to be missed.”

Rusty Zinn, Alligator Recording Artist
“…former Dynatones guitarist Steve Edmonson’s is no mean contribution as he evokes many of the post-war eras great players – Otis Rush has already been mentioned, but also the likes of Albert King, Wayne Bennett, Eddie Taylor, Johnny Copeland and 60’s B.B. to name a few. His playing is also to-the-point, tasteful and controlled but always exciting, and he shows off his licks to maximum effect…”
Norman Darwen, BLUES & RHYTHM, September 2003

“…the real treat is the sparse, clean and ever so tasteful guitar fills that Steve Edmonson tosses off here and there…Cadillac Assembly Line (Mack Rice), made famous by Albert King, is a guitar showpiece and Mr. Steve Edmonson rises to the occasion. He plays Albert King almost better than Albert King. He’s got all the tone, stretches, licks, vibrato…everything…down. Not that this is a straight copy. This guy is far too sophisticated for any of that. It’s just the most eloquent tip o’ the hat that I’ve ever heard. Stinging notes without mercy, stretching whole chords relentlessly…at times, if I didn’t know better, I’d have thought Albert was back with us.”

Bruce J. Miller, Real Blues Magazine, 2000

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THE BAND’S RHYTHM SECTION IS:

Bassist “Col.” Bill Singletary, and Drummer, Nick Otis. The list of who these guys have performed with is voluminous, but the following is a partial list of their past performance credits.

NICK OTIS


Nick Otis at The Fox Theater, Redwood City, CA       ©Judy Edmonson

Nick Otis at The Fox Theater, Redwood City, CA ©Judy Edmonson

Drummer Nick Otis, son of R&B Legend, Johnny Otis, has performed as part of his father’s Johnny Otis Orchestra for more than 20 years. As a member of that prestigious aggregation, Nick has performed with many musical legends including:

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Hank Ballard
Etta James
Lowell Fulson
Pee Wee Crayton
Little Milton
Eddie Cleanhead Vinson
Big Joe Turner
Rufus & Carla Thomas
Ernestine Anderson
Linda Hopkins
Barbara Morrison

Nick has also performed at many of the greatest musical venues in the world including:

Carnegie Hall, NYC

The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey , CA

The Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey , CA

North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands

The Montreux Jazz Festival , Switzerland

The JVC Jazz Festival , France

The Peer Music Festival, Peer , Belgium

Tokyo Jazz Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Discography:

1986 – Otisology, The Johnny Otis Show,

1987 – Into The Eighties, The Johnny Otis Show, Alligator

1990 – Good Loving Blues, The Johnny Otis Show, Ace Records

1992 – Spirit of the Black Territory Bands, Johnny Otis and his Orchestra, Arhoolie

(1993 Grammy Award Nomination)

1999 – Johnny Otis Blues and Swing Party, Vol. 1, The Johnny Otis Show, J&T Records

1999 – Johnny Otis R&B Dance Party, Vol. 1, The Johnny Otis Show, J&T Records

2002 – Food for Life, The Johnny Otis show, J&T Records

2006 – Master of the Game, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

2009 – Overnight Sensation, The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Delta Groove Productions

Nick recently performed with his brother Shuggie Otis on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

BILL SINGLETARY


The Spring Blues Festival, Ecaussines, Belgium ©Marie-Ann Bonnefoy

The Spring Blues Festival, Ecaussines, Belgium ©Marie-Ann Bonnefoy

From the Beaumont Texas area comes “Col.” Bill Singletary on bass guitar. Bill started his musical career as a Trombone player.  Bill played “Bone” in Johnny & Edgar Winter’s band when they were just kids (they already had their own TV show back then.)  When he was just 16, he ran away from home and went on his own to New Orleans, where the local musicians took him under their wing.  They allowed him to stay in N.O. and play for a few months, and then they presented him with a bus ticket and told him that it was time to go back home.  Bill has done many things in his life, but he always comes back to music.  Even when Bill was in the Army, he continued to play music, and performed for the troops in Vietnam, backing visiting stars, like, Gladys Knight.   Bill spent seven years on the road with The Dynatones, then joined Jackie & Steve six years ago.  He has been playing music professionally since 1958, and his career has included performing with stars such as:

Gladys Knight
Syl Johnson
Tommy Castro
Snooky Pryor
Luther Tucker
Jimmy Rogers
James Cotton
Steve Freund
Rusty Zinn
Paris Slim
The Dynatones
Sir Mack Rice

 

AWARD NOMINATIONS

Award nominations for the band just in the past two years include The 2007 and 2009 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album for “Master of the Game,” and “Overnight Sensation”, The Contemporary Blues Awards for Best Blues Album Of 2006, Best Blues Song Of The Year ( Sweet Landlady ,)  and Best Blues Bassist ( Bill Singletary .) The Band also received the nomination for The 2006 Southern Soul Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006 for the “ Master of the Game ” CD (DGPCD110.)

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THE BAND’S HORN SECTION IS:

CARL GREEN


Carl Green at the Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France ©Xav Alberghini

Carl Green at the Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France ©Xav Alberghini

Tenor Saxophonist, Carl Green leads the band’s horn section, and writes all of the band’s horn arrangements. Carl received the Bay Area Blues Award for the best Saxophone Player of 2003 from the Bay Area Blues Society.

Carl has performed and recorded with such stars as:

Buddy Ace
Luther Ingram
Fontella Bass
Jimmy McCracklin
Jimmy Witherspoon
Rufus Thomas
Big Mama Thornton
ZZ Hill
Sonny Rhodes
Ike Turner
B. B. King
Etta James
Clarence Carter
Sugar Pie DeSanto

AWARD NOMINATIONS

Award nominations for the band just in the past two years include The 2007 and 2009 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album for “Master of the Game,” and “Overnight Sensation”, The Contemporary Blues Awards for Best Blues Album Of 2006, Best Blues Song Of The Year ( Sweet Landlady ,)  and Best Blues Horns ( Carl Green and John Middleton .) The Band also received the nomination for The 2006 Southern Soul Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006 for the “ Master of the Game ” CD (DGPCD110.)


Geechi Taylor at the Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France ©Xav Alberghini

Geechi Taylor at the Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France ©Xav Alberghini

GEECHI TAYLOR

This band has had some great Trumpet players over the years, most notably, John Middleton, who was with the band for many years, as well as Tom Poole, Joel Behrman, Lech Wierzynski, and Dave Scott among others.  For the last couple of years the Trumpet chair has been ably filled by Geechi Taylor.  At 27, Geechi brings a youthful enthusiasm along with his considerable performance skills.

If The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band makes it to your town, run; don’t walk, to wherever they are playing.

If you can’t dig these guys, you’ve got a hole in your soul!