In pursuit of a musical career at an early age, Jon Payne set his sights to seriously

challenge his talents by perfecting his skills on both bass and guitar. At the age of 12,

Jon was taken under the wing of bassist and violin virtuoso Geoff Perry, who instilled

 in him the strong work ethics and musical skills .By the time he was 15,

Jon had shared the stage with some of the most renowned musicians from

 the Western New York area, performing at venues and festivals throughout the

 Northeast, including stops in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto.

Jon's musical resume includes playing a variety of styles, from rock to blues,

 zydeco, techno and country.Jon spent several years as a member of the

award-winning band Fitzhugh and the Fanatics, a colorful, fiddle-driven

Cajun blues-rock band fronted by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

resident Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry. On the other end of the musical spectrum,

Jon has won several BUFFALO MUSIC AWARDS as a member

of the industrial-techno band Elevation of Depression, which won critical acclaim

for its wild antics and extraordinary live shows.

With his true love and desire to pursue country music, Jon joined forces

with Doug Yeomans, who introduced Jon to classic country and bluegrass.

He performed with several country bands in the Western New York area

including Dallas Alice and New York Rockin' Rodeo. 

 When the opportunity presented itself in 2002, Jon decided to pursue his

own project and front his own band "WILDFIRE" with which he has had the

opportunity to open for several Nashville recording artists

 Brad Paisley and Gary Allan, Ricochet and Mark Chesnutt. 

 In 2008, he formed his current trop-rock band Gimme Buffett! which

 is in its tenth year and going strong.             

   After a hiatus of several years in the country scene to focus on

other projects, Jon is bringing back Wildfire and

the great country and rock songs from the past and present.



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