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There are four bands called Wayne:

1) Wayne is an Americana quintet from Birmingham, Alabama made up of Rodney Reaves - vocals and guitar, Michael Swann - guitar and vocals, Kevin Harrison - guitar and vocals, his twin Keith Harrison - bass and vocals, and Jonathan Hornsby - drums and percussion. In the late nineties, they released their first LP, Music on Plastic, independently. This record garnered the attention of local customers of Laser’s Edge in Homewood, radio DJ and A&R guy Scott Register, and eventually the Aware compilation put out by Columbia Records, one of which included their song “Letterbox”.

The band was shortly picked up by upstart indie label TVT - Default, Sevendust, Southern Culture on the Skids - and soon the single “Whisper” hit Modern Rock radio with a relatively warm reception. Around this time Music on Plastic was rereleased with enhanced packaging and a slightly different track list featuring the additions of “Be This Way,” “With Regards,” and “Temporary,” but conspicuously missing fan favorite “Noose” from the indie pressing. The release was critically acclaimed, conjuring comparisons to Coldplay and R.E.M.

Major label touring forced Keith and Kevin to leave the band and focus on their pre-health studies. They were replaced by Justin Johnson on bass and Rusty Smithson on guitar for the touring band. Highlights of the TVT era include a stint on the short lived Andy Roddick Show on TBS, whereupon the band performed “Whisper” and “Shooting at the Stars” in addition to cooking and playing tennis with the host.

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