Tuesday, April 10 • Doors 7pm • Show 8pm • $30 Reserved • $20 General Admission • All Ages • Buy Tickets
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 musicians who pay the bills with their talent and endurance. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists – a legitimate legend among peers. He appears on hundreds of studio albums, toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seger, Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and the Doobie Brothers, and he’s a founding member of Little Feat, along with Lowell George, in 1969. 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. – Joe Kosack
“Long before I joined Little Feat I had dreamt of being in a band, that would not necessarily be a house-hold name, but a band that would resonate within the musical community for a good number of years. I could see the spread of influence both ways: from the band to other bands and musicians, and back to the band again. I felt the ultimate in career satisfaction would be playing with a band that was respected by one’s peers, and being asked to play with the best musicians and artists in the world, as well as attracting them to perform with us.” – Bill Payne, Musician Magazine, 2001
For this longtime band member and in-demand hired gun, making music in solitude is a totally different experience; “collaborating with myself” is how he describes it. Unlike the interactive playing that is Payne’s mainstay, the process of tapping into his inner voice involves letting go rather than bearing down. – Joe Kosack
“I don’t separate myself from my art. It is a summation and continuance of what I am, what I was, and what I hope to be. The uniqueness of how we see the world and how we express that through our art is what gives weight and substance to our voice. Maintaining and developing that voice is an arduous task that involves trusting the instincts of exploration and discovery, commitment to a concerted regimen of discipline (which involves trial and error), and ultimately, once you have the tools in place, the art of simply letting go.” – Bill Payne, 2008
On April 10, 2012, Bill Payne will bring to St. Louis’s Old Rock House his “Tracing Footsteps” show, a solo experience which blends a unique look at an array of his creative endeavors: music, photography, stories and insights from over forty years of life on the road, in the studio, and as part of one of rock and roll’s legendary bands, Little Feat. Payne will showcase a number of songs recently written by himself and, another legend, Robert Hunter, from the Grateful Dead.
Long-time St. Louis radio personality Gary Bennett will act as m.c. and host for the evening.