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Video Du Jour: Little Feat

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on July 18, 2012 by 30daysout

Let’s keep the groove movin’ today with a new one from the venerable Little Feat – “Rooster Rag,” the title track from their first album in nine years.

You can see that’s keyboard ace Bill Payne doing the lead vocals, and nice to see Paul Barrere on guitar, Kenny Gradney on bass and the redoubtable Fred Tackett on mandolin and backing vocals.

Little Feat official web site (free download of “Rooster Rag”)

Keep the New Year Rollin’ – Live with Little Feat

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on January 2, 2012 by 30daysout

Lowell George of Little Feat

Despite it being a new work week, let’s keep the New Year’s vibe goin’ for just a little longer. Hope you liked that live Doors stuff as much as I did. Today let’s dip in to more live music, this time from another band that was always killer on stage – Little Feat.

During the early 1970s musicians still hung over from the Sixties scrambled to find a niche for themselves along a musical horizon that was broader than ever. Even with all the choices available at the time, Little Feat was still hard to pigeonhole. The band melted rock, blues, country, New Orleans swing and whacked-out psychedelia into a tasty stew. The Feat debuted in 1971 but made its biggest impact with Dixie Chicken in 1973.

Led by Lowell George, these boys liked to play – and by the time they finally produced an official live album (Waiting For Columbus, in 1978) they were one of the tightest touring outfits around. That was the beginning of the end of Little Feat’s first chapter: Lowell George died in 1979 of a drug overdose. However most of the classic unit, led by pianist Bill Payne, guitarist Paul Barrere and drummer Richie Hayward, soldiered on with a variety of lead singers.

The Feat is one of those bands who’s always cool with amateur tapers, so there are literally thousands of shows out there and their live material is fairly easy to find on the web. Oh, and these boys aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Unbelieveable.

The only time I ever attended a show at Houston’s venerable Liberty Hall was a Little Feat gig in 1973 or 1974. I remember being totally impressed with George’s charisma as a frontman, and with his multitasking on stage as he often sang, played lead guitar and pounded rhythm on cowbells and stuff all at the same time. So I’ve included a couple cuts – “Sailin’ Shoes” and “Tripe Face Boogie” – from Liberty Hall, most likely one of the shows I attended.

Little Feat has released an excellent, import-only, three disc live set – 40 Feat: The Hot Tomato Anthology features choice live cuts from every era of the band.

MP3: “Sailin’ Shoes”

MP3: “Tripe Face Boogie”

MP3: “Teenage Nervous Breakdown”

MP3: “Oh, Atlanta”

MP3: “Let It Roll”

YouTube: “Dixie Chicken” with Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Jesse Winchester on the TV show “Midnight Special” (1977)

YouTube: “Fat Man In The Bathtub” from 1976

Little Feat official website

Review: “Join The Band,” Little Feat

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2008 by 30daysout

If you don’t know Little Feat, you don’t know jack.  All but forgotten in the increasingly moldy museum of Classic Rock Radio and seemingly remembered only by hardcore old-timers, Little Feat was arguably the best band of the 1970s.  In an era when artists aggressively pigeonholed and categorized themselves (Led Zeppelin = Hard Rock; Journey = Arena Rock, etc.) Little Feat staunchly maintained their outsider status throughout the peak of their run.

That run was, of course, the years that the band was led by the brilliant Lowell George.  A great songwriter, singer and (maybe) guitar player as well as a hopeless junkie who flamed out and finally died in 1979, Lowell George was the cracked heart and soul of Little Feat.  The best albums he made with the Feat – Sailin’ Shoes (1972), Dixie Chicken (1973) and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974) – are essential additions to any rock library.

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