New Album “Natural Born Rebel” Released
With almost five years between this release and the last of new music, Payne described the band’s excitement as palpable and a much needed catharsis for all five band members including Matt Parks, fiddle, Chief Spires, bass, Colt Strickland, drums and Stuart McConnell, lead guitar. The album throws the listener back to a time when country music was soaked in whiskey and set on fire with howling fiddles, haunting bass lines and hammering guitar rhythms.
“You’ll find the album is peppered with highs and lows as it’s a true reflection of the hard-hitting tours our band has completed over the last couple of years. We have some fun up-tempo tracks that will get a crowd shaking like “Goodbye”and “Long Way to the Bottom” and others that are more reflective like “Alone Again”, which has become more of an anthem-like shout-along at our shows.”
We’re in Good Company with Canadian Club®
Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys is proud to announce their recent friendship with The Canadian Club® brand. As one of the most one of the most smuggled whiskies during prohibition, Canadian Club® has brought 7 generations of gangsters, smugglers, politicians, admen, and guys like the members of Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys together to join their distinguished Gentleman’s club. Canadian Club® is not a stranger to musicians who know how to have a good time. Legend has it that Merle Haggard set a world record for purchasing the largest round of whisky, after buying 5,095 shots of Canadian Club® while promoting his “C.C. Waterback” duet with George Jones. The whole round totaled 40 gallons of whisky, and clocked up a bill of $12,737.50.
“Canadian Club® has a storied history just like our band,” said Greg Payne. “We are proud to join the ranks of the brave men who broke the law to drink it and gladly raise our glasses as we make our way across the back roads and highways of America.”
“When Greg Payne and the Piedmont Boys first got together in Greenville in 2007, they probably anticipated a long, slow crawl towards their modest goal of packing out the local bars and clubs. What they got was something entirely different.
And indeed, they became one of the most reliable concert draws in the Upstate, playing a no-nonsense brand of rejuvenated outlaw country drawn from bedrock artists like Waylon, Willie, David Allen Coe and the Man in Black. And when it caught on, no one was more surprised than them.”
Fall For Greenville: October 15, 2016
Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys gear up for a weekend of legendary musicians at the 2016 Fall for Greenville scheduled for October 14-16 in downtown Greenville.
“Fall for Greenville is one of the largest street festivals in South Carolina, attracting between 150,000 – 200,000 people from across the Upstate and beyond. Recognized as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast, the festival offers three days of musical entertainment on five stages.”
Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys will share the One Main Stage this weekend with legendary musicians from home and abroad including Shooter Jennings with the Waymore Outlaws, Turnpike Troubadours, James Radford Band and Anna Leigh Band to name a few. Be sure to come early and check them out!
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“I think people come to see us not just because they want to hear our music, but because they want to be part of the atmosphere. They want to be part of the show. We take our music seriously, but we don’t want to take it too seriously. Each show is completely different. We never know what we’re going to play.”
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“I think we’re playing a style of music that isn’t necessarily new,” he says. “It’s more of the Texas-style, ’60s and ’70s country— Willie and Waylon and all that.. I think that’s why we’ve ventured over to the outlaw style or alt-country and gotten identified with those labels, because we’re definitely not like what’s on the radio.”
Country Perspective gives ‘Scars & Bars’ 8/10 rating
“The Piedmont Boys’ brand of outlaw country is loud and proud on Scars & Bars. The domineering theme of the entire album is without a doubt honky-tonk life and music, something they’re very good at singing about. If you’re yearning for a style of the outlaw days, this is an album I definitely recommend checking out. It’s the anti-thesis to country radio, something The Piedmont Boys I’m sure will wear with a badge of pride.”
New Music Video: Come On Out Tonight
Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys are back at it again! With a new album in the works, this is the first video single called “Come On Out Tonight”. Song written by Corey Hunt. Performed and recorded by Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys at Master This! Studio. Video produced by Chief Spires at Master This.
We’ve been nominated for our first CMA, Carolina Music Awards
Ain’t Got Not Hot Water Ranks #1
“Greenville based Carolina Country band earns top billing on Rocky Mountain’s Gravel Road Best of 2015 list for their original song “Ain’t Got No Hot Water” from their album Scars and Bars.
“The recognition means a lot to us,” said lead singer and guitarist Greg Payne. “The Carolinas have a lot of great original music coming out and its rewarding to see how far the word has spread.”
The Piedmont Boys are putting it “All on Red”
“There’s a sound that’s in my head that I ultimately want to get to.But I will never get to it. It’s the Waylon Jennings sound, the Johnny Cash sound, the David Allan Coe sound … it’s all the sounds incorporated with their writing. I’ll never get there, but that’s not the point.”
The Punch List with The Piedmont Boys Frontman Greg Payne
Metronome Charleston‘s weekly Punch List puts local musicians on the spot. This week, The Piedmont Boys frontman Greg Payne gives it what he’s got
“My poisons are alcohol and women. They both make me very happy.”
The Piedmont Boys’ Greg Payne Opens Up on Stories from the Road and What it Takes to Get Noticed by Nashville
“Songs just come to me out of nowhere. A little melody, a little line or something. I’ve got to keep writing my style and hope that it catches on somewhere.”
“”All On Red” is a surprisingly entertaining album that will keep you guessing from start to finish. The musicality is strong, and the topics being discussed are not always politically correct. That’s why the band and its new album “All On Red” are a breath of fresh air in the increasingly paint-by-numbers country music scene. With all the cookie-cutter, black and white music on today’s charts, The Piedmont Boys are unashamedly adding a little red to the mix. “
Spartanburg Herald Journal
“When Greg Payne sits down to write a country song, he doesn’t think about the latest contemporary trends.”
“I still want to be edgy, a little raunchy, a little hard core, but again, I want to be able to take it home and give it to my Grandma, and my Mom would be proud of it.”