Ask Waylon Payne about his earliest musical memory and he vividly recalls bringing a stack of records into his kindergarten classroom for "Show-and-Tell" and quite matter-of-factly proclaiming he would be a singer when he grew up. It made total sense to him. His mom Sammi Smith won a Grammy for "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and his dad Jody Payne has been a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band. Heck, his godfather was Waylon Jennings. At the time, he thought everyone's parents were on the radio.
"Everybody was bringing in trucks and things, and I brought in a stack of my momma's records and Willie Nelson's records and played them for everybody. I said, 'When I grow up, I'm gonna play rock and roll and sing and be bad,'" he says with a laugh.
Payne's time to play, sing and "be bad" has now arrived, but the road leading up to this point has been long, yet rewarding. He's taken the stage alongside his father and Willie Nelson countless times, serve as a harmony vocalist in friend Shelby Lynne's touring band and realized a lifelong dream by playing the Grand Ole Opry. He's also done an awful lot of drifting, naturally.
And those years helped him develop a musical style that's rooted in everything from Willie and Chet Baker to Etta James and Shelby Lynne (whose "Jesus on a Greyhound" he covers on The Drifter).
While in Nashville, he befriended Lynne during a chance encounter at the Country Music Association awards. Payne was there to see his father, Lynne was appearing on the show. They immediately connected, later becoming tight friends. He would sing alongside Lynne for a short time before drifting west to Los Angeles, where he hit his stride as both a writer and singer over the past few years, as he worked odd jobs and the L.A. club circuit.
In 2003, he co-wrote a pair of songs for buddy and fellow Texan Pat Green's Wave on Wave disc, which led to a deal with Green's label, Universal, and the realization of a dream and has recently released his first album, “The Drifter, which went into stores in July 2004.
In 2004 Waylon was featured in Fox 2000’s Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” starring as Jerry Lee Lewis. He played opposite Joaquin Phoenix (Cash) and Reese Witherspoon (June Carter).
Visit Waylon's website at: http://www.waylonpayne.com
Waylon Payne Filmography:
Ali Larter will begin shooting the feature “Marigold” in India. Most recently, Ali completed cameo roles in Disney’s “A Lot Like Love” and Warner Brothers “Syriana.”
Larter starred in the successful first and and second installments of the New Line franchise “Final Destination” and opposite Reese Witherspoon in the hit MGM film “ Legally Blonde”. Additionally, Later enjoyed a successful fun on the New York stage in “The Vagina Monologues.”
Making her feature film debut in the blockbuster hit “Varsity Blues” for Paramount Pictures/MTV Films, Larter’s additional credits include Warner Brothers “American Outlaws” starring opposite Colin Farrell, Dimension Films’ “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” for writer/director/actor Kevin Smith, Warner Brothers’ “The House on Haunted Hill”, a remake of the original Vincent Price horror classic, opposite Taye Diggs and Geoffrey Rush and Fox’s “Drive Me Crazy”.
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Larter began modeling at the age of thirteen and traveled the world before moving to New York, where she currently resides.
Lane Garrison was born May 23, 1980 in Dallas Texas. Lane’s influence of art started at a very young age by watching his father pain and draw as a freelance artist. “My dad used to draw these amazing cartoon characters and paint magnificent pieces which led me to start drawing and creating as well. It really sparked my imagination which just naturally led into film”, say’s lane.
After his parents split up, Lane’s love for film grew even deeper and watching movies became his ultimate escape. He knew he had to be part of the story telling process and wanted desperately to be and actor. Throughout junior high and high school Lane took theatre classes whenever he wasn’t playing sports or getting into trouble. With the encouragement of a teacher in the drama department, Lane did his first play ACHORUS LINE.
Knowing exactly what his dream was, Lane opted not to go to college and with only four hundred dollars to his name, headed off to Hollywood. The very first day in L.A. Lane ran into a commercial agent who sent him on an audition for Eastpak Backpacks. And as fate would have it, Lane booked it. It gave him the money he needed to live and the ability to study with numerous acting teachers including Joseph Riteman, Belita Moreno and Warner Laughlin.
It wasn’t long before Lane’s hard work paid off when Lane got the supporting role in the indie feature FOUR FACES. Directed by Ted Post and starring Peter Mark Richman, lane plays Philadelphia teenager Dominick, and out of control drug addict whose problem gets the best of him. Lane also guest starred on the critically acclaimed show KINGPIN for NBC before landing the lead role in QUALITY OF LIFE. Directed by Ben Morgan, Lane plays Heir, a notorious graffiti artist from the troubled streets of San Francisco.
In between auditions Lane kept busy by writing screenplays and recently set up the romantic comedy CHASING FATE with writing partner Mark Famiglietti at Madonna’s company, Maverick with Nigel Dick attached to direct. He is now working on another high concept comedy IMAGINE ME & YOU for producer Sunil Perkash. In addition to writing, Lane also just directed his first music video TRASH for The Sons.
For just being twenty-three, Lane has accomplished in a short time what many people only dream of. A budding writing, acting and directing career make Lane Garrison one of the most promising young talents in Hollywood.
Scott Michael Campbell
Scott Michael Campbell can be seen in 20th Century Fox's Flight of the Phoenix opposite Dennis Quaid, and will next appear in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Scott most recently finished shooting Crazy, the bio-pic about legendary guitarist Hank Garland, as well as American Gothic, based on the award-winning play by Chicago playwright Paul Kampf, and starring Patrick Wilson and Neal McDonough.
Scott's versatility as an actor was recognized early on in his career, and after working alongside legendary filmmaker George Lucas, in Radioland Murders, he went on to work with a number of Hollywood's most talented artists, including Warren Beatty, Robert Altman, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Salma Hayek and Joel Silver.
Scott's talent translated easily to the world of television as well, starring in some of the industries most highly acclaimed shows, including E.R., Frasier, Chicago Hope, L.A. Law, The West Wing, and as a series regular on the critically praised Nothing Sacred for ABC.
Scott received his early theatrical training in his hometown of Missoula, Montana, before moving to California to continue his studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.
Scott currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
David was born, raised and still resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. David attended Brown University and graduated from Julliard in 1995. David decided to be an actor while in high school. David made his feature film debut garnering a role in Summer Heat.
David has had guest appearances on television shows such as Roswell, Boston Public and more recently on House. David also had staring roles Miss Match and Relativity.
David has also had roles in feature films including; The Wedding Crashers, Anything Else, Men of Honor, The Weekend, and Return to Paradise. David will be appearing in the movie Crazy that is due out in 2006.
David is currently staring as Jim Clancy on Ghost Whisperer.
Fleck's work received national attention in 1990, when, along with three other performance artists, he became part of what was known as the “NEA 4.” Labeled by some political pundits as too dirty to be funded, the NEA four spearheaded a national campaign against artistic repression and won their Supreme Court case against the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1998, the Supreme Court, with the backing of the Clinton Administration, overturned part of the case and determined that ‘standards of decency’ was constitutional. Sadly, soon after, the NEA eliminated all funding for ‘new genre’ categories.
Fleck has won numerous grants and awards, among them 2 NEA’s, a Getty Fellowship, a Franklin Furnace & Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a Rockefeller/NEA- Interarts grant and LA Cultural Affairs funding. He has won 3 LA Critics Circle Awards, 8 DramaLogue, 6 LA Weekly and 2 Backstage West awards, all for outstanding performance.
Fleck’s latest piece, JOHNNY’S GOT A GUN premieres this summer at the Evidence Room, LA and will move to NY in the fall. His past body of solo work includes: Nothin’ Beats Pussy, Mud in your Eye, Dirt, me, A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, Blessed are all the Little Fishes, PsychoOpera and I Got the He-be-she-be’s. A sampling of past performance venues includes; the ICA (London), ICA (Boston), The Public Theater, The Guggenheim Museum, PS-122, LaMama Theater, Dixon Place & Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Getty Museum, Cal Plaza, MOCA & The Evidence Room (LA).
The youngest of four children, Timothy was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 29 and shortly thereafter his father, a former railroad man and mother, a teacher, moved the family to Seattle, where Tim started to study theatre at the age of twelve at The Seattle Children's Theater. With acting as his main focus, Tim interned at theaters throughout high school and spent the summer of his junior year in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Honors include being the Washington State Debate Champion in Dramatic Interpretation for two years.
Shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from USC, where Tim received the Jack Nicholson and the James A. Doolittle Awards for outstanding achievements in acting, his professional career began when Larry David gave him his SAG Card on an episode of "Seinfeld".
Since then, Timothy has worked steadily, including lead and recurring roles on the television series’ "Medicine Ball", "Luck of the Irish", "seaQuest DSV", "Jack & Jill", "Fired Up," the international cult hit "Xena" and the critically acclaimed “Nip/Tuck” and “Deadwood” and on also on the big screen in several feature films
Theater roles include Iago in "Othello", Faustus in "Dr. Faustus", Valmont in "Les Liasons Dangereuses" and 'Newman Noggs' in "Nicholas Nickleby".
Presently, Timothy continues the honor of playing opposite Emmy® Award winning actress Tyne Daly on "Judging Amy," completing it’s 6th year of production.
He lives with his wife Allison and their family in Los Angeles.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Brent Briscoe began his career as an apprentice at The Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in 1985. Thereafter, he spent several years on the road starring in the theatrical productions "Greater Tuna" and "A Tuna Christmas". In 1994, he switched gears and spent the year as a staff writer for the television series "Evening Shade" before penning the teleplay "The Right To Remain Silent" for Showtime with his then and still friend and partner Mark Fauser, his old college roommate. In 1996, Brent moved to Los Angeles to stay on the heels of his role as Scooter in Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade", the first of several efforts linking the two. Since then, he has worked in a considerable number of films for some of the Industry's most notable directors. His most memorable and critically acclaimed role was that of Lou in Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan", also a project involving Thornton. Other highlights include roles in "U Turn", "The Green Mile", "The Majestic", "Mulholland Drive", "Driven", "Madison" and "Spiderman 2". He also played a role alongside his partner Mark Fauser in their screenplay of "Waking Up In Reno" for Miramax. Brent now resides in the Valley with his 3 dogs Scout, Atticus and Bamsie.
Beau Baxter is a devout lover of all roots music and relished the opportunity to play a 1950’s Nashville record producer. The Augusta Georgia native always appreciates opportunities to take on southern roles. Some of his more recent work includes a lead role in another independent project titled Idio due out later this year where he plays a Los Angeles bartender coming to terms with a new life path which includes marrying his pregnant girlfriend. He also appeared recently on the ABC sitcom Rodney (playing southern yet again). His favorite stage roles include Mike in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the gentleman caller in The Glass Menagerie.
Raymond has had a long and extensive career in television and film.
Eden Rountree has appeared in several television and theater performances.
Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell has appeared in over 40 TV shows, films and movies of the week. Recent credits include Medium, CSI: NY, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Cold Case (recurring), Six Feet Under, 24 & N.Y.P.D. Blue, among others. Movies of the Week: Johnson County War, A Painted House & Life on Liberty Street. Regional theatre: La Jolla Playhouse and The Porthouse Theatre. Off-Broadway: WPA Theatre, Harold Clurman Theatre and Playwright’s Horizons.
Mr. Mitchell earned his MFA in Acting from UCSD and his Bachelor’s Degrees in Theatre and Religious Studies from Brown University.
In her return appearance after a voluntary hiatus from the music scene, pop sensation Stacy Earl portrays the role of Goldie Hill for an on-stage performance of Hank William's classic Honky Tonk Blues in the feature film, CRAZY. The song was produced by Grammy award winning Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux).
Described as a fountain of boundless verve and kinetic personality, Stacy quickly established herself as a pop and dance sensation. Signed with RCA, her self-titled album, STACY EARL, delivered 3 top ten singles, “Love Me All Up,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “Slowly.” New York Daily News compared her to Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington in her “breathy, understated style that projects a subdued, yet driving sensual energy that is always classy and never crude.”
Currently in the studio working on a collection of new material, Stacy has recorded with such musical powerhouses as Glen Ballard, Oliver Lieber, Siedah Garrett, Danny and Michael Sembello, Walter Afanasieff and Phil Galdston. “Stacy Earl runs on smile power,” said Interview Magazine, adding that Earl's cherry demeanor is “blissing out on R+B ballads, pop, and funk,” while calling her singing “optimistic but seductive.”
Crazy is the second film to include an original recording by Stacy Earl. Previously, Stacy recorded the song, Blood From A Stone (produced by Jellybean) for the film Untamed Heart, which reached number 18 on the Adult Charts.