Joining the AFM Local 257 in 1964 so he could play at the Starlight Club, Wayne soon found more lucrative opportunities on the road before returning to Nashville for eight years of live performance, recording and television at Opryland USA. His career as a Nashville-based touring musician brought him tenures as a sideman for artists such as Leroy Van Dyke, Sonny James, Dottie West, Ernest Tubb, and Mel Tillis. During his career, Wayne also had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Ray Charles, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, and The Carter Family, and had multiple appearances in venues such as Madison Square Garden, the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Grand Ole Opry. He was one of the first drummers to play the Grand Ole Opry, and was featured in a film entitled "What Am I Bid", about and starring White's employer Leroy Van Dyke.
His recording credits include two records with Dottie West, one of which was recorded in RCA's legendary Studio B in Nashville, countless demos and freelance recordings, and multiple recordings with the cast of Country Music USA at Opryland. While at Opryland, Wayne was often employed as a copyist for the television show Opryland on Stage, for which he was also employed as a performer. An accomplished songwriter and arranger with a vast catalogue, Wayne had his songs recorded by artists such as Dottie West, Sonny James, and Jack Palance, with writing credits on RCA and Word Records, among others.