ABOUT STRING BONE

STRING BONE

Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart & soul

Barry James Payne is the brainchild and creative force behind the music of String Bone.

Payne is a songwriter, producer, musician, artist and Canadian indie entrepreneur who has worked in the business since the early '80s writing, recording & performing in many configurations and has toured extensively throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Throughout this time, Payne also spent his time promoting, educating, marketing and publicising many other Canadian musicians and artists in publications and concert series to help bolster the Canadian music scene, doing his small part. As his Rant Maggie Rant band mate, Steve Clark, often said to him, "You make things happen..."

Payne’s String Bone has released 6 singles and 15 videos on digital platforms since 2019; “Two Stars Collide” (with accompanying video), a collaboration with drum and bass producer Nathan McKay, “A Lot More Better” a co-write with Jay Reihl, “Waitin’ For My Dyin’ Day” (with video) with George Leger III, a cover of Ferron’s “Ain’t Life A Brook” (with video) and the insane and bombastic danceable ‘Wow! Oh Yeah!’. These singles will make up two full-length waterfall releases scheduled for June 2022 – “Coping Mechanisms”, a collection of original songs, and “Cover-Up Conspiracy Theory” an album dedicated to Payne’s early songwriting influences.

For four decades Payne has been writing music, recording and performing live and has co-produced and released two full length String Bone albums, ‘nadir’ (2009), ‘Love & Highways’ (2016). Payne also was a core member of Canadian Celtic-Roots band ‘Rant Maggie Rant’ for over 12 years, during which time he performed with several orchestras and in many theatres and festivals across Canada and the US. His songs have been featured on three of their recordings and he produced their last two albums.

His latest project, B>A>G Music Productions with award winning Las Vegas-based producer/composer George Leger III, has landed them an exclusive multi-song deal with Vo Williams’ fledgling sync agency Sound Dose Music Group out of LA. B>A>G Music Productions, is a sync music production company dedicated to placing music in Film/TV and other areas. While Payne & Leger continue to write and pitch for sync, some of their best songs are still sitting in the hopper ready to be signed.

Why String Bone? An unbreakable bone bridge & nut creates the essential contact point between a guitar's strings and the wooden body; He likes to think of it and his songs as the "vibrations of life".  

Many of Payne's songs drive through darkness, betrayal and remorse towards love, light, escape and freedom. While identifying some of life's difficult moments, he always find recovery.

Payne shares struggles with relationships, and wrestles in the aftermath of lost wishes and broken dreams with an eye towards the next adventure.  

On his last full length release, he unravels ten melodic originals and two well-chosen covers from Neil Young and Radiohead and features a full complement of players including pedal steel by Steve Wood, electric guitar by the album's co-producer Shannon Lyon, cello by Ben Bolt-Martin and violins by Payne's 'Rant Maggie Rant' band-mate Lindsay Schindler.  

In the passenger seat on "Love & Highways" is a stellar collection of guest vocalists including Sarah Jane Scouten, Mae Moore and longtime String Bone collaborator Ginger St. James, who also co-wrote 'Where Do You Go'.  Violinist Lindsay Schindler also contributes to trio harmonies on a soaring cover of Neil Young's "Birds" with Trent Severn collaborators Dayna Manning and Emm Gryner.  Roman Tome (New Country Rehab) contributes background vocals to "Somber Eyes", as well as percussion on five of the album's tracks.  

He has shared the stage with Juno (Canada's Grammy) nominees and winners and some among them include Bill Bourne, Danny Michel, Emm Gryner, Luke Doucet, Loreena McKennitt, Linda McRae, Jenny Whitely and he has collaborated with the likes of Ginger St. James, Sarah Jane Scouten, Shannon Lyon, Bob Egan (ex-Blue Rodeo, ex-Wilco), and many more.

Rave reviews for String Bone:

"The creativity in making this track ('Wow! Oh Yeah') is so huge, .....on the same level of inventiveness as names like Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart without a shadow of a doubt." ~ Roadie-Music.com (Brazil)

“...'Wow! Oh Yeah' is awesome. Total departure from the country sound… like, Talking Heads meets Nashville….. love it. It feels like Once in a Lifetime (which is a good thing) and attempts to answer the same questions… decades later, as nothing changes.” ~ Matt Wannan, Aeolian Hall (CANADA)

“...'nadir' is truly a masterpiece” ~ Music Star (Germany)

''...'nadir' is an album that will 'grow' on you each time you listen to the songs because of the high quality of each individual song on the album, the superb vocals of Barry James Payne and the musical contributions of some undeniably professional musicians." ~ RootsTime (Belgium)

"...'nadir' is a richly decorated composition. Payne scores big as a lyrical talent because of his depth and a focused, refined approach that isn't over-produced and this effort heralds the arrival of a major songwriter." ~ JiveWired (USA)

"The strength of singer/songwriter String Bone is both in the lyrics and the melody of these folk/Americana songs which, on 'nadir' he lays out for you on a platter. If you can put out such terrific songs on a debut CD categorized as great, you must be a very gifted lyricist and songwriter. ‘nadir’ from String Bone is of an excellent high quality." ~ Alt.Country Forum (Holland)

"Payne is a talented songwriter with a vocal style recalling Elvis Costello." ~ K-W Record (Canada)

Payne is a talented songwriter with a vocal style recalling Elvis Costello. ”

— K-W Record (Canada)

...'nadir' is truly a masterpiece!”

— Music Star (Germany)

...'nadir' is an album that will 'grow' on you each time you listen to the songs because of the high quality of each individual song on the album, the superb vocals of Barry James Payne and the musical contributions of some undeniably professional musicians.”

— RootsTime (Belgium)

In addition to being a good singer with a pleasant timbre, Barry James Payne is a traditional songsmith, of which Love & Highways is excellent proof. ”

— Music That Needs Attention - Theo Volk