It was announced a few weeks ago that there will indeed be
a benefit planned to take place at The Nashville Palace for
Country Legend Dennis Payne.
Dennis, Nephew of Leon Payne is from Bakersfield California and was an integral
part of the Bakersfield sound of Country Music by co writing “Highway Patrol”
with Country Legend Red Simpson.
He played bass and co wrote more material for Red Simpson during his prime
days of recording.
in 1974 Dennis signed an open contract with Buck Owens and recorded several songs
“Come On Home, Girl” (Capitol 4083), “I’m Stoned”(Capitol 4024), and ” Love Me Like
You’ve Never Done Before” (Capitol 4196); all from 1975 and recorded in Buck Owens
Studio in Bakersfield.
After little push from the label and other endeavors Dennis moved to Nashville
in 1976 and sought out Gary Paxton and did some work for him as well.
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s he worked for several other publishing
companies and worked with several bands.
On March 23rd there will be a huge benefit show for him at the Nashville Palace
This from the Event:
An all-star lineup is in the works, including Leona Williams, Ron Williams,
Roni Stoneman, John England, Ira Allen, Eugene Moles, Larry Hamilton, Donna Chapel Cuno,
Diane Berry, Tracey K. Houston, Nathan Belt, and many, many more. There also
will be a silent auction with many music and non-music-related items on which to bid.
All proceeds will go to help Dennis defray medical bills after his recent surgeries
as well as to make needed repairs on his home and van. $10 at the door.