Bob Wayne: Nashville, TN


Hey y’all. I’m VintageQueen54 and a new contributor to Outlaw Magazine. My partner Wayne and I love to do our part in preserving music history by archiving shows I’ve filmed in concert on my You Tube Channel.

On March 8th, I grabbed my gear and headed with my picture taking cohort (Wayne) to Nashville. It was a work night but it was going to be worth it because Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies were playing at Layla’s on Lower Broadway, downtown Nashville. This was our fifth time attending a Bob Wayne show and it was the kick off show for Bob’s current tour.   Slim Chance & The Can’t Hardly Playboys (a regularly scheduled band at Layla’s) were following Bob Wayne.

Layla’s is an old Honky-Tonk bar in downtown Nashville with lots of neon lights inside of a long, narrow shaped building. It has really old wooden floors and a small stage where musicians play with their backs to windows that face the street that is always full of people walking by, looking in or stopping in.  Layla’s features bands during the afternoon and on through the evening.

There was no cover charge for Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies  (Bands do not get typically get paid to play at Layla’s, instead they work for tips).

Bob Wayne is a storyteller. He writes and sings his stories about drugs, the devil, big trucks, guns, cheating and murder. He’s very clever at what he does. When I hear Bob Wayne songs, I always smile but when I watch him perform his songs live, it’s non-stop grinnin’ ear to ear goin’ down throughout the whole show. Bob played a solid hour and a half show. Because of the wooden floors, the tables shook throughout the whole show from the people clapping and stomping their feet (I was certain it would show up in my videos).  There were fans who drove more than a few hours to hear Bob sing & play w/his Outlaw Carnies and it’s safe to say everyone left happy and satisfied.

We were privy to some of the new songs coming out on the new CD and Bob played the banjo for what he said was the first time publicly.  This was also a first time for us seeing Bob with drummer Joe Mitchell and guitar player Ryan Clackner. Liz Sloan and Jared McGovern have been Outlaw Carnies for a couple of years now, touring Europe & the U.S. with Bob.  We first saw them in November 2010 and both are bad-ass musicians and excellent additions.

Regarding his band members, here is a quote from Bob’s Facebook page:

“After a long hard run, down the roads across this land. Bob Wayne gathered up some outlaws, and they formed themselves a band. Now every day is different, every player, every show. Will you see a bearded lady? Unless you go, you’ll never know. So come one, yeah, come all. When this hoedown comes around. Who knows, you could be an outlaw too! Lettin’ out that carnie sound.”

Outlaw Carnies joining Bob Wayne on Tour:

Liz Sloan – fiddle

Jared McGovern – stand-up bass

Ryan Clackner – guitar

Joe Mitchell  –  drums

Have a listen. One of my favorites is “Work Of The Devil”

“Blood To Dust”  is one of his older songs which Bob says is a “true story” about him as a young boy growing up not knowing his dad, meeting that long lost dad in a record store and then hearing he died of an overdose shortly thereafter.

“Spread My Ashes On The Highway”   Is a great new song off the new CD.

Here is the full one & a half hour show, starting with the kick-ass title song off the new CD, Till The Wheels Fall Off

After his performance at Layla’s, Bob played a few more clubs stateside and is currently touring in Europe at this time. Bob’s new CD Till The Wheels Fall Off was very recently released in Europe, and is scheduled for release in the USA in May.

Here is the schedule for release dates:

GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND: Friday, April 6, 2012

UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / POLAND/ PORTUGAL: Monday, April 9, 2012

SPAIN: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SWEDEN / FINLAND: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, April 13, 2012

UNITED STATES: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies Official Site

~ VintageQueen54

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VintageQueen54 (Cathy Pippin) is a proud grandmother of 6 kids, former DJ, and Indie Music Advocate who travels the country filming bands with her partner and photographer extraordinaire, Wayne Titsworth. Cathy & Wayne met and bonded over their favorite artist, Hank III, and are active in the Reinstate Hank Movement. They live in Bowling Green, KY with their dominating dog, Hobo.

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