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INTERVIEW: Bill Payne: “It All Boils Down to Complete Freedom”

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

“It took me 63 years to find my voice, quote, unquote, with regard to myself, not within a band,” says Bill Payne, the founding keyboardist of Little Feat, the enduring American band with a 40-plus year legacy. They performed at The Egg in early January, but on Tuesday (June 18), Payne returns as a solo act to WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany.

“I didn’t do any solo shows until a year ago,” he says. At that time he had Dennis McNally open for him. McNally was the long-time historian and publicist for the Grateful Dead who wrote the definitive biography of the band, “Long Strange Trip.”

There has been a long, psychic connection between the two bands that suddenly became more tangible last year when the Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter began a songwriting collaborating with Payne.

When I interviewed Payne in December to advance Little Feat’s show at The Egg date I wrote, “Never as popular as the Dead, Little Feat is adored by critics and die-hard fans alike, and like the Dead, they retain their distinctive sound despite the comings and goings of various personnel. Payne and Hunter’s title track to Rooster Rag [Little Feat's latest album] sounds like a logical extension of Payne’s ’70s anthem “Oh Atlanta,” and the band’s high energy eclecticism remains a West Coast answer to New Orleans gumbo.” At that time, Payne had written 13 songs with Hunter.

Recently, we reconnected for this interview:

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Bill Payne, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Bill Payne

Bill Payne

“I don’t remember my first album, but I remember the first single that I ever had. It was ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis on RCA, which my sister bought for me.

It was magical. The whole idea of it was magical.”

Co-founder of the band back in 1969, keyboardist-vocalist Bill Payne will lead Little Feat into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Friday (January 4). Tickets are $34.50.

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