(*Originally this pic came up on FB as a "Blast from the past" that they do, and this was just a FB post, but turns out, I can't tell a short story-hah;
Most of my time on the road was a gas. Here's a little story about getting, not only meet, but talk about "Life" and hang with the Legendary Drummer Richie Hayward one afternoon in Norway.
Listening to, and getting to see Richie's grooves and feel, was a thrill. Wish I had an iPhone 6 THEN: or ANY video taken... Taking from his work, JUST in "Little Feat" by itself ( he was a LA session top call guy as well when he was available). was stunning. I remember playing along to Songs like; "Time Loves a Hero", "Dixie Chicken", "Fat Man in the Bath Tub" etc. Trying to get How he did what he did, with the twisty feels and greazy timing.
Of course many drummers have been subject of my prying and lifting what I can from them; But Richie and Little Feat really gave me something that peaked my interest in THAT kind of drumming. So, a couple reasons of why Richie with Little Feat have kept me listening. .
- Because of Richie's ability to add odd, almost quirky fills and hits, not drawing away from the song.
- All while supplying an unwavering groovy, backbeat, making the pocket funkier, often with twisty grooves..
On this beautiful, pleasantly sunny, warm, summer afternoon in Norwegian countryside; Yours truly, found himself hanging out with Richie Hayward -(and some members of the legendary group Little Feat): On this sprawling deck patio, (of the *hotel where the festival put up all the artists and bands);
Blame it on aimless wandering, and not meeting MY band mates (I think they went walking to a waterfalls-completely nice in a completely different way- plus, I had already done that) I ended up sitting outside talking with Richie and some of his bandmates on this peaceful afternoon before their gig. (We had played the night before).
As I recall, after a while though, it was just the two drummers -Richie and myself; sitting for about two- three hours, sipping on soft drinks and talking about_ wives, drums, girls, music, places we've lived, life, -not necessarily in that order.
This was super special for me, because Ritchie was truly an influence of mine. I remember getting the Little Feat -"Waiting for Columbus" record, and playing along to "Fat man in the Bathtub", "Dixie Chicken", "Time Loves a Hero" I was always taken by his Greazy (like a southern swampy soul) powerful, aggressive groove while adding intricacies (like Vinny C. or Manu K. -a "lope" almost like Jeff Porcaro at times) while playing an almost uncanny hard strong backbeat-(ala- Steve Ferrone, J.R., or Denny Fongheiser)
LITTLE FEAT DISCOGRAPHY: https://www.google.com/#q=little+feat+discography
I got to witness Later that night after the afternoon hang - from the stage side wings and backstage Thru the curtain- standing right behind the drums (I'm a drum geek!). Watching that funky machine in a human body .
Shortly after later that year Richie was diagnosed with cancer and within the next year they were holding a benefit at the Canyon club near LA and I saw him there again and he played a whole set - probably an hour show with Little Feat. He sounded great, strong,- they said he was feeling sick, but you couldn't tell by his playing. Sadly he died, I believe within the next year.
Something I've almost never done, though: Ask or take pictures with my Musician Friends: In my twelve years living in the LA Metro area; I Feel I've been blessed and fortunate to have met, and hung around countless drumming and music "heroes" of mine (many also, legendary to music fans). Many of whom I get to call friends. Some I've even SUBBED FOR. (Which is almost silly to me, when I think about it)
Another thought this brings up, when I think of Little Feat of being around the Great and Legendary Musicians; There's a studio that I've rehearsed in, a while ago now. (some of the first few years of my living in LA). With hundreds of names signed by the many musicians who've spent time in those rehearsal rooms. Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro,..Richie Hayward. It was something to play in the rooms those guys had worked in. Probably not a big deal- but it was cool to me.
Getting to the end of this post, I am pulled out of that perfect mid-70's sunny afternoon, relaxing with soft drinks, on a sprawling deck of the hotel, overlooking a pristine lake a few hundred feet below, down the sloping Norwegian forest-covered countryside.
Chatting about "life" with a true childhood rock-star-drum-influence of mine;
Richie Hayward Link http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Richie_Hayward.html
Thank You Richie, R.I.P.
Footnote:^*This hotel, overlooking a lake, about 15-20 kilometers out of town, is where they put up all the artists and their bands who played the Notodden Blues Festival) so we'd all eat in the same hall.....It WAS a WHo's WHO of Blues and Rock.
Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Mick Fleetwood and his blues band, Little Feat, just to name a few of the huge amount of bands there-(to play three days of a full-tilt Blues Festival. and of course all the bands, and road managers. <I'm forgetting several names, but FB wasn't around then and with other musician's it just wasn't that hip to carry around a camera and take selfies like now.> Maybe I was just bashful.
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