Billy Payne is one of my heroes. He's the only original surviviing member of Litte Feat. The band has a new CD called Rooster Rag. Check out my podcast with Bill Payne and Paul Barrere
You probably know the story. Lowell George wrote a wonderful country truckdriving song called “Willin’,” and brought it to Frank Zappa, the leader of the Mothers of Invention, which Lowell was then a part of - Zappa suggested that he form his own band. Good advice, Frank! Lowell corralled ace keyboardist Bill Payne, Mothers bassist Roy Estrada, and Fraternity of Man drummer Richie Hayward, then guitarist Paul Barrere, percussionist Sam Clayton and Kenny Gradney (the last two veterans of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends).
Through the 1970s they put out albums like Little Feat, Sailin’ Shoes, Dixie Chicken, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, and Down on the Farm and songs like “Sailin’ Shoes,” “Tripe Face Boogie,” “Cold, Cold Cold,” “Fat Man in the Bathtub, “Oh, Atlanta,”“All That you Dream,” and “Time Loves a Hero.”