Terry has been playing guitar since college but only began to get serious about playing in the last 10 years. He took lessons, played jams, played at home, and practiced for about 3 years. In 2007 he met Andy Brasher who graciously let him play at his open mic nights and later at some of his gigs. Eventually they developed The Andy and Terry Show that ran at The Blind Parrot every Friday for over a year. The show became a happy hour favorite and drew a big crowd.

After playing many shows with Andy, Terry began to perform solo. Gaining experience at places like TGI Fridays. In 2010, Terry has played many solo gigs as well as other gigs with Andy and other local musicians. Terry was a regular at The Boiler Room Open Mic nights with Andy Brasher for almost 3 years where he is know as TPayne. Sitting in with Andy and helping other local musicians get an opportunity to play in front of a friendly crowd using top notch equipment in a fun and rewarding setting. Several other local acts originated out of the open mic night show. The Boiler Room Open Mic is the longest running open mic anyone can remember in Owensboro.

Terry is at his best playing easy listening gigs like happy hours and restaurants. He understands what the venue owner/manger is trying to accomplish with live music and works with the them to set just the right mood. Terry played Gambrinus Libation Emporium on a regular basis for just these reasons. According to John and Adrianne Condray, owners of Gambrinus, "Terry is great to work with. He works with us so that the music becomes part of our atmosphere and makes people want to stay longer. At Gambrinus we try to create a full entertainment experience and Terry is an important part of that."

In 2011 Terry moved to Charlotte NC. While in Charlotte he teamed up with Mike Coyle for a new duo called Payne-N-The Foot. The duo was very successful and played several venues. Most notably the duo was the house band at Blackthorne Resturant and Bar for over a year. According to Tim Duffy, owner, "Payne-N-the Foot was an outstanding partner for us. They helped us build a loyal bar crowd over the first year we were in business. We hated to see that Terry left the area."

After coming to Tucson Terry has played gigs at several local establishments.  Terry played every Friday at The Westin La Paloma during the summer of 2014.  He played near the outdoor fire pits and entertained guest into the evening.

Terry has now returned to Charlotte NC.  Looking forward to looking up some old friends and venues to play.  Terry spent much of the 2016 season at Eddie's on Lake Norman playing shows every week.

Terry has also played at gigs at the following places:  The Westin, Ore House, Blackthorne Restaurant, Bar 5 Steps Bar and Grill, The Saloon, NC Music Factory, Procuittos Pizzaria, TGI Fridays, 2nd Street Pub, O'bryans Bar and Grill, Pangea Cafe, Salsarita's, The Boiler Room, The Second Fiddle, The Executive Inn Time Out Lounge, Bacchus Bar and Grill, Riverpark Center, The Blind Parrot, Wedding receptions and Private parties.

Here is sample of the artist Terry typically performs: Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Andy Brasher, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Grateful Dead, John Prine and many more.  

For more information on having Terry play at your venue, lounge, restaurant, party, etc. you can email him at terry@terrypaynemusic.com.

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