Howard Eliott Payne - Bright Light Ballads

Howard Eliott Payne is an English singer-songwriter, who was the former frontman of The Stands, which he formed in 2003. During their two and a half years together The Stands signed to Echo Records and had a succession of 5 top 40 UK singles, toured with acts including Oasis, The Libertines, Spiritualized, Paul Weller, and Jet, and released two albums, All Years Leaving and Horse Fabulous. Despite this success, Payne grew frustrated by the artistic constraints of being in The Stands, quit the group and returned to the USA, spending time in Texas and Los Angeles before returning once more to England and teaming up with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams/Kings of Leon/Ray Lamontagne/Emmylou Harris) to record his debut solo album Bright Light Ballads.

Bright Light Ballads was recorded and mixed in just 7 days using a vintage 8 track tape machine. Other musicians on the record include singer Candie Payne (Payne's sister), Dean Ravera (formerly of The Stands) and Ethan Johns, among others.
Bright Light Ballads was released as a download only through Payne’s own label Move City Records on 14 April 2009, and entered the iTunes Folk Album Charts at #1 and the iTunes Albums Charts at #13. A limited release of physical CDs of Bright Light Ballads was released in the UK on 5 May 2009. On 21 September 2009 Move City Records released digital LP Howard Eliott Payne "Live At The Luminaire" a live album of Payne's sold-out solo performance at The Luminaire club, London, 28 May 2009. "Live At The Luminaire" features material from Howard Eliott Payne's debut solo album as well as songs from The Stands album "All Years Leaving." "Live At The Luminaire" entered the iTunes UK Folk Charts at #10.

Move City Records, 2009 | Mp3 VBR Near 256k | 45 MB | 10 Songs, 35 Min.
Howard Eliott Payne

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