Musician, writer, photographer 

bill payne elk river arts and lectures

Singer, keyboardist, songwriter and photographer Bill Payne was the co-founder of Little Feat in 1969 with Lowell George. He currently is a touring member of the Doobie Brothers, whose records he has played on since the early ‘70s. He has collaborated with a dizzying array of music legends including James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bonnie  Raitt,  Bob Seger, Emmylou Harris  and  Rodney Crowell, Darrel Scott,  Moe,  David Bromberg, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Leftover Salmon, Connor Kennedy, and the band Minstrel. As a songwriter, he partnered with  Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul  Muldoon,  the Grateful Dead’s  Robert Hunter, John Goodwin and Jeff Bridges, Joe Henry, his son Evan Payne,  Ben Bullington, Western historical fiction novelist  Richard S. Wheeler and fellow Montanan and  Hooligan Tom Garnsey.  After nearly five decades as an internationally-acclaimed musician, Payne  continues  to push himself and others to reach for creative heights.

I would be able to contribute to the students' understanding of what it is to be a creative person in the following areas:

  • Music and art: keyboards, being a part of a band, working as a session player
  • Writing: prose, poetry, songs and lyrics
  • Lifestyle: what the life of an artist can entail with regard to travel, etc.
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