Bill Payne

Saturday, October 6, 2012 7:30PM

Bill Payne
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Bill Payne released his first solo album, Bill Payne, in 2005. Some would say it was long overdue, but for this multifaceted musician, it felt like the time was right. In a career that began in the late 1960s, Payne has accompanied and recorded with Little Feat, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, the Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Robert Palmer, Bob Seger, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Rod Stewart, among other arena-filling musicians.

Payne is best known to rock & roll fans as the longtime keyboardist with the roots rock and rockin' blues band, Little Feat. Payne co-founded the band with Paul Barrére and the late Lowell George in 1969. He had a role in writing or singing most of the band's major, now classic tunes, including "Oh Atlanta," "Day or Night," "Time Loves a Hero," and "Gringo." He's also got a sessionography as a keyboardist that amounts to literally hundreds of recordings. In 2008, the band released Join the Band. Payne came up with the idea of an album that included many of their friends from the worlds of rock and pop, so they're joined on their current album by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Béla Fleck, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Vince Gill, and Inara George, daughter of the late Lowell George. Payne, who left Los Angeles for Michigan's Upper Peninsula in recent years, continues to pursue solo shows when he's not on the road with Little Feat.


Dennis Mcnally is best known for his work as the Grateful Dead's historian and publicist for more than 20 years. He will be telling stories about the band such as “What Jerry really was up to at Bill Gore's house.” This is certainly an event that any Deadhead will not want to miss!