Born in the State of Tasmania, the island State of Australia and made my first trip to Nashville in 1983
Influenced by Western movies in his early life, Wayne has spent 40 years as a professional musician in live touring, TV, recording, show production and management in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
He has been heavily involved in the administration of country music, artists, music publishing, marketing, writing and recording over the last 20 years, and he has been a registered APRA Songwriter for 18 years.
An assistant director and producer of Music Video clips, he appeared as a musician in the movie ‘Flying Chips’ in 1975, and was one of the musicians that recorded the score for the Australian film ‘Burning Fields’ in the late 80’s.
In 1982 Wayne was awarded life membership Steel Guitar Australia
Graduating at the Jeffran Collage of Steel Guitar (Music) in 1983,
Wayne was made an Honorary Citizen of the State of Tennessee USA by the Governor in 1991 for his services to Country Music.
Inducted into the Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame 2012
Wayne has toured with such people as Jean Stafford, Kitty Wells, Slim Whitman, Charley Pride, Frank Ifield, Daniel O’Donnell, Reg Lindsay, Nev Nicholls, Dr. Hook, Ray Kernigan, has worked shows with Wayne Horsburgh just to name a few and recorded with many major artists in Australia.
D10 JCH Pedal Steel (with the Crawford cluster 10 pedals & 10 knee levers) for the last 18 years built by the late Jimmie Crawford and the late John Hughey out of Nashville.
Anthony WA Signature Model Dobro built in Brisbane by Des Anthony (built from Tasmanian Blackwood and Maple)
6 and 12 string Acoustic Guitar
Electric 6 string and baritone Guitar
The late George Xanthos Australia
John Hughey USA
Jimmie Crawford USA
Buck Reid USA
Lloyd Green USA
Speedy West USA
(Ol' BJ) Ben Joyner Australia My first teacher
Barry Roy Australia
Harold Bradley Nashville USA
If I can help you and Jean in any way, please let me know. Who have you chosen for her next producer? I would be honored if considered. However, I would love to send you some songs, which I believe are worthy of consideration. Let me know. Thanks. Have a Merry Christmas downunder my friend...would love to visit your beautiful country sometime...perhaps a tour?
Tommy Overstreet (T.O.)
I believe I wrote a comment to Jean Stafford, and found out Jimmie produced her last album. If I can ever help, please let me know. I'd love to send her a few songs for consideration, as I really like her singing.
Stay well my friend and keep in touch.
THANK YOU FOR ADDING ME AS YOUR FRIEND! THE PLAYERS YOU HAVE MENTIONED WHO WERE YOUR INFLUENCES SOME ARE AND WERE DEAR FRIENDS. I KNOW HAROLD BRADLEY VERY WELL, HE HAS PLAYED ON SEVERAL SESSIONS FOR ME. JOHN HUGHEY WAS A DEAR GUY AND ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS EVER. JIMMIE CRAWFORD WAS NOT ONLY A FRIEND, BUT HE WORKED FOR ME FOR OVER A YEAR WHEN I CARRIED TWO (2) STEEL GUITARS IN MY BAND "THE NASHVILLE EXPRESS"...THE OTHER PLAYER WAS SMILEY ROBERTS WHO WORKED FOR ME NEARLY 30 YEARS. ONE DAY I WOULD LOVE TO COME TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. I BELIEVE I HAD SOME RECORD SUCCESS IN AUSTRALIA IN THE '70'S...KEEP ON PICKIN'
TOMMY OVERSTREET (T.O.)