Legendary Little Feat co-founder, pianist and producer Bill Payne celebrates his 67th birthday today. Contributing song writing and singing efforts on Little Feat classics like “Oh Atlanta,” “Day or Night,” “Time Loves A Hero,” and “Gringo,” Payne’s work has also extended outside of Little Feat to include collaborations with luminaries like Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Riatt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.Since late 2013, Bill Payne has been touring with Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass studs Leftover Salmon, penning two songs on their 2014 record High Country, “Bluegrass Pines” co-written with iconic Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Little Feat’s classic “Six Feet Of Snow,” which was first immortalized on 1979’s Down On The Farm. In September of 2014, Payne became a permanent member of LoS. In more recent times, Payne has assumed the duties as touring pianist for the Doobie Brothers, all the while continuing to play with Little Feat.In celebration of the great Bill Payne’s birthday today, check out full show video of Little Feat at London’s Rainbow Theatre in 1977:Setlist: Little Feat at the Rainbow Theatre, London, EnglandSet: Intro / Join the Band, Rock’n Roll Doctor, Fat Man In The Bathtub, Teenage Nervous Breakdown, Oh Atlanta, Dixie Chicken, Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket In My Pocket, Skin It Back, Old Folks’ Boogie, Apolitical Blues, Red Streamliner, All That You Dream, Willin’, Spanish Moon
By Dialogo September 15, 2014 The President of Perú declared a 60-day state of emergency Sept. 11 in the Amazonian districts of Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, in the Loreto Region, to allow security forces to increase their efforts to fight drug trafficking. Security forces are focusing on fighting drug trafficking in regions bordering Colombia and Brazil. The state of emergency allows security forces to conduct searches without warrants and prohibits public gatherings. The National Police and the military are cooperating to “effectively combat illegal drug trafficking” in the districts that are home to about 28,000, the Executive branch of the government said in a prepared statement said. The state of the emergency is declared in the Executive Order 057-2014-PCM. Peruvian security forces recently destroyed numerous drug laboratories in Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, where authorities plan to eradicate 3,500 hectares of coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Perú is the world’s leading cocaine-producing country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian police have noticed in spike in narco-trafficking – specifically in shipments of drugs and precursor chemicals – along the countries’ borders. Drug trafficking groups process about 200 tons of cocaine in Perú’s Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) annually, Peruvian security analyst Rubén Vargas told La República. Drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of that cocaine through the air, he said. The cocaine is then transported throughout the world, with shipments headed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In recent months, Peruvian security forces dismantled 37 clandestine drug trafficking air strips in early September. Security forces blasted massive holes in the runways to prevent them from being used. Local residents build the secret airstrips and charge drug traffickers a fee, to use them, according to Peruvian police. Peruvian authorities must remain vigilant in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking air strips, Deputy Defense Minister Iván Vega said: “We might destroy the runways, but locals financed by drug traffickers will come to put them together again so the flights continue.” From January 1 through August 31 2014, Peruvian authorities destroyed 12,721 hectares of coca plants, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Their goal is to eradicate 30,000 hectares of the crop in 2014. Ninety-three percent of coca crops in Peru are used to produce the drug, according to DEVIDA. In 2013, Peruvian security forces authorities eradicated more than 23,947 hectares which were used for coca cultivation, a significant increase from the 14,234 hectares security forces destroyed in 2012.