Who is Wayne Bartley?
Wayne Bartley burst upon the ApologetiX scene in 2014, playing lead guitar on a number of singles the band released, plus eight tracks on our "Apoplectic" CD.
An old friend of Tom Tincha's, Wayne's first recordings with ApologetiX included"Jezebel," "Goodnews," "Servin' the Father," "Herman's Sermon." "Hanukkah," and "Come on, Heal the Boy," the plus the aforementioned eight tracks on "Apoplectic." As we prepare to enter 2015, we hope to use him for many more.
Wayne first met Tinch on the bus in grade school. Many years later, when they were both in their early twenties, Wayne became a guitar instructor, and Tinch came to him for lessons for about three months, even though Wayne says Tinch already had a reputation as an "awesome" guitarist.
ApologetiX sound man Greg Spack has also been a friend of Wayne's for quite some time. The rest of us met Wayne four or five years ago through Tinch. Wayne even played some guest guitar on stage with us in March 2011 at our concerts in Bessemer City NC and Alpharetta SC.
Over the years, Tinch has recommended Wayne to us numerous times as a possible guitarist option for live gigs. Consequently, when it became apparent that we'd need extra guitar help in the studio this year, Tinch gave us his blessing to get Wayne involved.
Wayne still works as a guitar instructor today, but at one time he was also a flight instructor (1987-88), a corporate pilot for AirEast (1988-89), and a pilot for USAir (1989-90). He left his flying career to focus more fully on the guitar, and we're glad he did. He puts the "jet" in ApologetiX!
Too bad we've already spoofed "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller. Of course, we could still do "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Mary. Then again, if we asked Wayne to play that one, he might just hightail it back to the friendly skies.