Singer, songwriter, and actor Waylon Payne was born in Outlaw country: his mother was the late singer-songwriter Sammi Smith; his father was Willie Nelson’s longtime guitarist, the late Jody Payne; and his godfather and namesake is Waylon Jennings. Payne toured with Shelby Lynne before releasing his debut album in 2004. His songwriting credits include “To Learn Her” and “Use My Heart” (Miranda Lambert) and “Wild Love” (Ashley Monroe). He was nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year honor for 2018, for “All the Trouble” (Lee Ann Womack), which he co-wrote with Womack and Adam Wright. Payne also has written songs for Ty Herndon, Cory Morrow, and Django Walker.
Named Best of Hartford Magazine’s “Best Concert Venue”, “Best Place for Live Music”, “Best Special Events Venue” from 2016-2018. Infinity Music Hall Norfolk opened its doors in 2007. The venue, originally built in 1883 as a combination opera house, barbershop, and saloon- has been restored to include a world-class sound system and modern facilities, but still retains its original stage and ornate detail.