Jody Payne


STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) — Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77.

Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.

He says Payne had a long history of cardiac problems.

According to a 2011 profile in The Mobile Press-Register, Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 to 2008. He retired to Stapleton, with his wife Vicki. There he continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.

A post on Willie's Nelson's Facebook page about Payne's death said, "Our friend will be missed."

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Sorry for your lost you were great loved you and will miss you from art bright Charleston s.c.

I'm so sorry for your loss Vicki. I just was thinking about him and thought I would look him up on the internet. I've know Jody since he was in high school in Norwood, Ohio. He was one of the guys we hung around with. He was cousin to my best friends husband, whom also has passed away. He was really a great guy, everyone like him. He was honest sincere and a good friend. Last time I saw him and Willie were playing at River Bend, Cincinnati, ohio. We had back stage passes. He showed...

RIP uncle Jody i will never forget

You will be greatly missed Dave from Michigan

Vicki, I met you and Jody through Jim and Lyle about 8 years ago. (Lyle called me her nomad.) My heart hurt when I saw his picture on the Grammys. I had no idea he had passed. Much love to you and Austin.

Jodi was great people,, and will be
greatly missed.
Hal James..

Remembering Jody from our days back in Detroit, when he was our friend and guitar player for many years in the local club scene. Great person, musician and singer.

Vicki, Austin, family, friends and fans. I knew Jody from the 1960's. He was such a good and gentle man and loved you, Vicki and Austin so very much. I lived in TX when I first met Jody and when I moved to KCMO and he would come to town for a show, my late husband and I would catch his show and he would meet us after and we would visit. I am so sorry that I didn't know before now. I just saw him on the memorial at the Grammy's. So sorry for your loss.