About Bill Payne
For the past four decades, Bill Payne has spent more time on the road, in studios, and working with rock n’ roll hall of famers than most of that rare group of musicians who can pay the bills with their talent and endurance. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, a legitimate legend among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and John Cale. Most people in the music industry or familiar with rock’s meaningful past know this amazing musician’s songs and recognize his chops instantly. Countless musicians have shared time with him in the studio or onstage. More would like to, because he makes most musicians better.
Always a collaborative musician, it took Bill many years to think in solo terms. Finally, in 2005, he produced his first solo album, Cielo Norte (“North Sky”), an elegant, often delicate soundscape of keyboard notes, a musical equivalent of an impressionist painting. Seven years later, he played his first solo show, “Tracing Footsteps,” which debuted in 2012. “Footsteps” combines stories of his first encounters with music and with Lowell George, life on the road, and solo performances of such classic songs as “Truck Stop Girl” and “Oh Atlanta.” There’s a sampling of work from his photography – it’s something else he’s gifted at – and a Q & A that gives the audience a chance to enjoy an intimate encounter with an artistic gambler who is willing, in fact obliged, to take the untraveled path and to live and thrive in the gray area the divides black and white.
“Bill Payne has long been a lightning rod of collaborative musical prowess & expansive expanding talent.” -Timmy
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