The seed that eventually became American-roots band, Payne’s Grey Sky, was planted in the summer of 2007 by high school friends Rich Dymond (bass guitar) and Jimi Scheffel (vocals, guitar, harmonica) with Dave Sahloff (drums, percussion) joining the band soon after. Usually performing as a trio, Payne’s Grey Sky’s influences are many- From classics like Dylan, The Band, and Van Morrison to contemporary acts like Wilco, The Head and the Heart and The Avett Brothers. After releasing their debut CD in June 2015, Henry “Hawk” Hermann (fiddle) joined the band full time with Mike Seward (keyboard) coming on board in early 2017.
Over the years, Payne’s Grey Sky has lovingly donated their time for local annual fundraising events, including YWCA’s – Tunes for Tots, the Ulster Police Women’s Auxiliary’s – Coming Together for Kids, The Gruner Memorial Bike for Cancer Care, and The Delisio Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Special Olympics, the Forsyth Harvest Festival and the Peoples Place’s – Tips for Toys fundraiser.
Payne’s Grey Sky has been described as…”both plainspoken and humble in sound and richly detailed and ambitious in its musical development.” ~ John Burdick