Alec James Payton is a folk musician and songwriter with a sentimental style that digs into traditional American roots.  Since independently releasing his first collection of original songs in late 2016, he has been playing venues large and small throughout the United States and has been featured on live radio as far away as Australia.  He plays guitar, harmonica, and sings his lyrical original songs as well as covers of past idols and traditional American folk songs.
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...Alec James Payton wields a sentimental folk style with sharp harmonica and brimmingly honest lyrics flowing over a timeless guitar style...
— [New and Notable Artists]
Carried by Cold Water [is] beautifully complex in its simplicity while brimming with integrity and honesty. All the tracks were... well-played on guitar and harmonica with fittingly subdued vocals, supported by minor chords and interesting lyrics of longing and hope...
— Illinois Times