Versatility as a musician can present unlimited opportunities, and 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 skills needed to prove himself in the music world.
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, well known for his work in the
country music genre in Western New York and the Northeast, and also Nashville. Doug introduced Jon to classic country and bluegrass
and helped him expand his musical horizons by mastering the "telecaster", enabling him to perform this challenging but pure style of music.
Collaborating with several well-established country bands in the Western New York area including Dallas Alice and New York Rockin' Rodeo,
Jon has proven himself to be a solid performer. 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 Nashville recording artists Brad Paisley
and Gary Allan, Ricochet and Mark Chesnutt. Showcasing his skills on guitar and bass and demonstrating a unique ability to
crossover between country and rock as well as his enthusiasm on stage brings a renewed excitement onto the music scene.
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