Jody Payne (January 11, 1936 – August 10, 2013) was an American country musician and singer. He is probably best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson’s band, The Family.
He first met Willie Nelson in about 1962 in Detroit. Nelson was playing bass with Ray Price. Payne started working with Nelson in November 1973. Before that, he played for Merle Haggard.
After playing with Willie Nelson for 35 years he retired from Nelson’s band in 2008.
Jody Payne cause of death
Jody Payne died from cardiac problems. Jody Payne was 77 years old at the time of his death.
Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother – Jody Payne, Willie Nelson (1974)