stories and songs
Welcome to the online home of Sam Payne: storyteller, writer, singer/songwriter, radio personality, and arts educator. For the last twenty years, Sam has brought a unique variety of storytelling, music, and workshop experiences to festival stages, concert halls, classrooms, universities, museums, and recordings, all over the country and beyond. Sam's audiences remain loyal friends, and find in his stories and songs resonant images that give faces and names to their deepest feelings about family, faith, and notions of home. He's shared festival stages with some of America's greatest storytellers and entertainers, in an exciting age of storytelling revival. Here, you'll find stories, songs, the scoop on new releases, details on where to hear Sam live, information about how to book Sam for a show, and more. Click around and enjoy yourself. We're glad you're here.
Buy the new album! Stories and songs recorded live at the National Storytelling Festival in the impossibly picturesque town of Jonesborough, Tenessee. Find out more about the festival – the center of storytelling in America and beyond, and a beloved destination for tellers and listeners since 1973 – by clicking HERE.