Bill Payne on January 2020's Midnight Ramble in Jamaica
Little Feat is a family, you’re part of that family, as well. Jamaica over the years has become a refuge for us all. The loss of Paul Barrere has impacted each and every one of us. The tour last fall was a testament to the strength of the bonds between us, the music that continues to resonate, and the loss of one of our own. We intend to honor Paul in Jamaica and carry on the legacy of music that makes up Little Feat. It will be a celebration of both.
Our family extends to the musicians that will join us in this celebration. They are some of our dearest friends, a community of players and singers, most of whom are from Woodstock and New York City, that in recent years have brought me into their family.
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will join the Ramble Band and Little Feat for the first two shows. Larry and Teresa were on the fall tour and were nothing short of brilliant. Guitarist and singer Scott Sharrard, the newest addition to the Little Feat family, was also on the last two shows of that tour. Scott knew our songs inside out, had a great voice and the chops on slide that dazzled. He will be with us for all four shows.
Connor Kennedy is with the Ramble Band this time. We’ve known Connor since he was 18. Scott Sharrard gave him his first guitar lesson. Cannot wait to hear the two of them play. In addition, we will have Amy Helm, Vince Herman, Anders Osborne, Jim Weider, Brian Mitchell, and our beloved horn section, Jay Collins, Steven Bernstein, and Erik Lawrence, which all bodes well for great collaborations. We will continue the exploration, improvisation and enhancement of the music and songs we have spent a lifetime performing. Paul will be in our hearts.
I look forward to seeing you all there for what I know will be one of the most memorable times in Jamaica. A lot of heart and soul are going to be on display from all of us. That is what families do. Thanks for being a part of ours.
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