Beyond The Leaves EP

by Jesse Payne

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Hollywood, CA – Cultivator of rock Americana, singer-performer Jesse Payne has announced that he is wrapping up work on a new CD. The EP is scheduled for a Spring release and will offer a preview of even more audio goodies to come with a full-length effort set to hit the streets in Fall 2010.

Live performances are slated this fall to precede the release of the new music and booking for his 2009-10 tour is under way.

Payne has opened for Peter Walker, The Gabe Dixon Band, Tilly and The Wall, David Mead, World Leader Pretend, Dick Dale and a plethora of other artists. His music has been tapped for release on national CD compilations and has been reviewed in The Big Takeover magazine. Payne has also made television appearances.

Payne says one big reason for his musical motivation is its singular ability to unite people across time and keep those things we value most alive.

“The one vehicle humans have that allows us to transcend the elements of time is a melody,” he says. “Music attaches us to our memories and gives us the freedom to imagine.”

Payne’s songwriting is influenced by such things as his childhood, traveling the United States, great poetry, loved ones, cinematography, nature and self-exploration.

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released March 27, 2007

Beyond The Leaves EP Liner Notes


Produced by Jesse Payne | Engineereed & Recorded by Jason Elgin @ Synchromesh Studios, Tarrant, AL | Mastered by Roger Lian @ MasterDisk, New York, New York

Artwork: Lexi Campanis
Cover Art: Lexi Campanis

All songs written by Jesse Payne
© Jesse Payne | ASCAP | 2007| Master Digi Records

Jesse Payne - vocal, guitar, harmonica, piano, bouzouki

Alan Rogers - drums/percussion

Shane Jewell - guitar, bass

Rodney Reaves - backing vocals

Chris Lantrip - soundscapes

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Jesse Payne Birmingham, Alabama

Jesse Payne describes his music as minimalist chamber folk or "post-folk" in the likes of Maps and Atlases, Akron/Family,Megafaun and Red House Painters. He has been featured in the Big Takeover Mag's top 40 alongside Band of Horses,Death Cab For Cutie and Willie Nelson& tours the USA. ... more

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Track Name: Skeletons
Skeletons
(Jesse Payne)

I wish I could remember how to smile
Like I used to, or so my loved ones have said
I can see all the mist on the hilltops
Shining, from the lights on 20th Street.

I can feel I've already lost you
Yeah I know it by the way you say hello
Cause love's the touch, loves the slap across my face
It's the graveyard, I've buried all my skeletons in

We are tragic like our youth
We are tragic like our youth
We are tragic.

won't you march my body, march my body
march my body, march my body
up Morris Ave.

Love's the touch, love's the slap across my face
It's the graveyard I've buried all my skeletons in

We are tragic like our youth
We are tragic like our youth
We are tragic.
Track Name: Thief Among Us
Thief Among Us
(Jesse Payne)

The parking lot is already empty
looks like everybody's gone
Thoughts, like bags, swirling in circles
in the spot where everybody was.
They've gone to the cemetery
to share drinks with friends
The wind whispers through the willows
It's sneaking in.

but there seems to be a thief among us
swimming around.

You're so uninvited, how the trees bend, how the trees bend
You've got me, oh the things you say

but there seems to be a thief among us
swimming around.

All the branches but one swing together
All the branches but one.
Everyday we get a little farther from
the ones that we love.

but there seems to be a thief among us
swimming around.
Track Name: Comfort There
Comfort There
(Jesse Payne)

Follow me across the street
to your place
I've found comfort there
while you're away

You can run
until your bones
turn towards home
like a garden in the sun

All we need for sure
is home, home to cure
While you're away

You can run
until your bones
turn towards home
like a garden in the sun

Follow me across the street
to your place.
Track Name: Until The Roots Surface
Until The Roots Surface
(Jesse Payne)

Hand me downs, like tailbones
blown speakers without a sound through headphones
Auditorium claps, predictions last
water that runs beneath the grass.

I don't want to climb your ladder
don't want to see London in June
You can't say there's nothing better
than sitting up drinking

But you won't take pride in our disregard
help us up though we failed you all

Loose leaf, apologies
of different times we used to know
I don't want to where your sweater
Barely together by a thread

You can't say there's nothing better
Than sitting up drinking with you

Hand me downs, like tailbones
blown speakers without a sound through headphones
Auditorium claps, predictions last
water that runs beneath the grass.
your ladder won't recline

you can't say there's nothing better
than sitting up drinking.....