Payton Smith: "It’s really important to me that people realize I’m a guitarist as much as a singer"

“There’s something special when you plug a Gibson into a Marshall Plexi,” says Payton Smith (Image credit: Tim Salaz)

19-year-old Payton Smith is a country music star-in-the-making - he co-wrote all the songs on his new EP (Payton Smith EP), and also plays every guitar part, which let him show off his innate ability to nail a memorable lead line.

Here, we get the lowdown on his gradual rise to fame and the simple tonal pleasures of a Les Paul through a Plexi…

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.