I wanted to get something up here this morning about Jimmy Wayne. And while I know it’s way too late for most of us to get tickets to his show tonight at the City Club of Houma, in Houma, La., there’s certainly a lot more to write about this kid than just one show. I do hope all of you in that part of Louisiana are planning on going to the show. I know you’ll have a fantastic time. The performance is at 9 p.m.
Jimmy recently did an interview with Michael F. Vinning of The Daily Comet in Thibodaux, La. “I feel comfortable playing for 15 or 1,500 people,” he said from Detroit where he played to a crowd of 20,000. “When I first started out, I played mostly one-man acoustic shows – just me and my guitar. I love playing for small crowds. My songs tell a story and with a smaller, more intimate crowd, I get to tell the story behind the song. It’s a totally different show.”
Whenever I hear an entertainer say that, I always hope that we will get at least a short acoustic performance from them when I get to see them in concert. And of course, I’m hoping that will be the case when Jimmy comes to do our Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Randy Houser, Matt Stillwell, Eric Durrance and Daniel Lee Martin are some of the very talented entertainers I’ve seen do acoustical shows. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed those performances. Randy Houser will also be at our Appalachian Fair. He’s opening the fair on Monday, Aug. 24.
Jimmy is touring with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. His CD, “Do You Believe Me Now,” is No. 71 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart, and peaked at No. 4. His first single, “Do You Believe Me Now, from the CD of the same name, was on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for seven weeks. Other hits for Jimmy include “Stay Gone, “ “I Love You This Much,” and my favorite, “Paper Angels.”
“I’ve always wanted to sing, write and play,” Jimmy said. “I played at cookouts and everything I could around my hometown. It didn’t matter what it was or if it was for two or three people, I would play anywhere and everywhere.” He is a native of North Carolina, and has been active in Kiss 99.9’s annual Toys for Tots campaign at Christmas. as well as other charity events in that area.
Where else can you find Jimmy Wayne over the next few weeks? Just about everywhere. He will be in Hiawassee, Ga., at Anderson Music Hall on July 20; West Union, Ohio on Adams County Fair on Aug. 21, At the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Va., on July 24, that’s one of the shows with Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley show; Aug. 8, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Indianapolis, Ind. He will be in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Nova Scotia, California, Utah, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland and Connecticut (just to name a few), between now and Oct. 31, the last date up on his schedule at this point.
Here’s a little video of Jimmy getting locked in his bus before the show at The Swamp at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. I have no idea why the door wouldn’t open, but Jimmy was able to climb out a bus window, onto a ladder, and get to the show about 20 minutes late. Cute clip. Enjoy! And does it surprise anyone that he took a minute to jump on Twitter and tell the world what was happening.
That’s all for this morning. I’m going to go do something! Would you believe it’s like Fall here, and I love it! It’s cool, breezy, and the weather reports say it be like this throughout the weekend. I’ll talk to you all soon. I think my mail is caught up – so write! There’s nothing better than hearing form all of you.