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Bill Payne of Little Feat brings 'Evening of Music, Photography & Tales of the Road' to Salt Lake City

Published May 10, 2013 11:31 am

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Bill Payne, a founding member of Little Feat, brings "Tracing Footsteps: An Evening of Music, Photography & Tales of the Road" to Salt Lake City.

Raised in Ventura County, Calif., Payne was a featured musician on some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded, including the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" and Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" and "Hollywood Nights."

He has appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and the Doobie Brothers, among many others.

In a phone interview, he said this show, which is "not a lecture," allows him to talk about his favorite subjects, music and photography, as well as dish about life on the road — he had his first gig when he was 15. "Stories, I've got a lot of them," said the 64-year-old. "I've had a heck of a career, and it's nice to be able to share them."

But fans can expect plenty of music, too, including some of the 15 songs he has written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter over the past 18 months.

Special guest is longtime Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally.

When • Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 at thestateroom.com