LIVE: Bill Payne & Friends @ the Falcon, 5/16/14

Bill Payne

Bill Payne

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

It was a blending of the old and the new at the Falcon in Marlboro last Friday night. Veteran keyboard player Bill Payne (of Little Feat fame) played with the Connor Kennedy Band. These are the Young Turks of the talent-rich Hudson Valley music scene. Featured in their set were Bill Payne’s recent songwriting collaborations with former Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, as well some of the classic music of Little Feat.

Providing a rock-solid bottom was the rhythm section of Lee Falco on drums and Brandon Morrison on bass. Connor Kennedy played lead guitar, while Will Bryant played a second set of keyboards. The husband/wife team of Andy & Tania Stack – known as the Stacks – opened and sat in for most of Payne’s set. This made for a full, rich sound for the show and a generous exchange of musical ideas.

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Payne and the Connor Kennedy Band played a different set at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday performing Little Feat’s entire debut album as part of Kennedy’s ongoing “Cover to Cover” series of playing entire albums from rock’s golden era.

The Stacks: Tania Stack, Lee Falco and Andy Stack

The Stacks: Tania Stack, Lee Falco and Andy Stack

Conor Kennedy Lee Falco

Connor Kennedy and Lee Falco

Bill Payne

Bill Payne

Bill Payne, Conor Kennedy and Lee Falco

Bill Payne, Connor Kennedy and Lee Falco

Bill Payne and Friends

Bill Payne and Friends

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3 Responses to “LIVE: Bill Payne & Friends @ the Falcon, 5/16/14”

  1. Connor Kennedy is frikkin’ great. He plays a mean ES-335, too. I’ve seen him a couple of times, including last summer when he backed Amy Helm in White Sulphur Springs, MT. Keep an eye on that guy…

    Oh… And I love Little Feat music…

  2. Woah… Did I read past mention of The Stacks!? Those folks have great feel, and capability… Wish I had caught this show.

  3. Rudy says:

    M. R., the Stacks are amazing. I’m sure there will be other opportunities to see them.

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