johnny payne - johnny [EP] - light organ

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Do you remember rock and roll radio? The harmonies, the hooks, the choruses? Johnny Payne does. You might know Johnny Payne as co-frontman of shaggy-pop auteurs The Shilohs. You might even know their three largely unheard albums of impeccably rendered pop rock. But this is something else. Payne has ditched the band to strike out on his own as a bona fide solo singer-songwriter and the result is the almost self-titled EP Johnny. Payne accepted the invitation of Pat Riley and Alaina Moore (of indie heavyweights Tennis) to record the title in their home studio in Denver, Colorado where he pushed his craft into full-on adult contemporary mode, channeling the visionary spirit of Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, even Carole King. On Johnny the vibe is all chipped champagne glasses and smeared bathroom mirrors, all the busted stuff that collects in the wake of one’s life. Standing alone at the microphone, Payne shows himself for who he is on these songs – a grown man having to let go of the past.