John Payne & The Hurt
From the honor roll of legendary musicians—like Carlos Santana and Sly Stone—comes another Bay Area hidden treasure, John Wesley Payne.
John Payne is known within the local music circle as the “Prince” of the Bay Area, because of his abilities to write, produce, and arrange. He first broke onto the Billboard charts with his number one hit, “She Just Can’t Help It.” He has recorded and performed with various artists, including George Clinton, Larry Graham, Rick James, and the late great keyboardist Merl Saunders of the Grateful Dead. A bucket list moment came when Payne got a call from Prince asking him to fly out to Minnesota to jam with him and his group, the New Power Generation (NPG) at Paisley Park Studios for a week. Get up on your feet as John Payne & The Hurt pay tribute to legends of Funk and Soul.