Waylon Payne has made his long-awaited return with his sophomore album, Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me.
The record arrives nearly 16 years after his debut album, The Drifter, was released in 2004. The new 12-track full-length was slowly doled out over the course of the year in four acts, with the final three songs—“Santa Ana Winds,” “Precious Things” and “Old Blue Eyes”—finally arriving last Friday.
“Even though they’re really personal songs, it seems with each [act’s] release the part of my life that it dealt with gets put on its shelf,” Payne explained to Scene. “It’s been incredibly freeing. It’s been beautiful, actually.”
Prior to the release of Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me, Payne worked behind the scenes in the music instustry, writing songs for artists such as Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack.
Listen to Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me below: