Bill Payne, Little Feat (Part 1)

Bill Payne keyboard player Little Feat

Bill Payne is a highly acclaimed American musician best known as a founding member and keyboardist of the iconic rock band Little Feat. With his keyboard skills, Bill has made significant contributions to Little Feat’s extensive discography, including hit songs like “Dixie Chicken,” “Willin’,” and “Fat Man in the Bathtub.” Throughout his career, Bill has collaborated with numerous renowned artists and his dedication to his craft and his remarkable musical prowess have firmly established him as a celebrated figure in the realm of rock and roll. In part 1 of this interview we cover off a heap of Little Feat history and a range of other topics.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

The new Little Feat band lineup

Oh Atlanta Live 2022

Talking the re-release of the Sailin’ Shoes and Dixie Chicken albums

Neon Park – album artist / graphic designer

Bill talks about his upcoming memoir and Little Feat documentary

On seeing The Yardbirds as young musicians

Bill’s songwriting process and using a Zoom recorder to sketch out ideas

Paul Muldoon – Poet

Collaborating with other artists – what Bill believes he delivers

Brilliant Paul Simon anecdote

On being a ‘partner in crime’ with collaborators

Working with Bonnie Raitt – Home Plate and Takin’ My Time

Working with Bob Seger – Against The Wind and Hollywood Nights

Working with Bryan Adams on ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’

Bill’s discovery of synths in the early 70s and their role in his work since

Playing realistic brass synth on ‘Let It Roll’ 

Bill and Tommy Emmanuel – Cajun Girl

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