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Little Feat: Live in Holland 1976

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Little Feat Live in Holland 1976 Eagle Vision A band that has suffered more than its share of losses over the years--most significantly, group cofounder/primary singer/songwriter Lowell George, when he died of a heart attack in 1979 at the age of 34, but also the more recent passing of drummer Richie Hayward in 2010 at the age of 64, who joined the band for its second recording, Sailin' Shoes (Warner Bros., 1973) and became its hard-grooving heartbeat right through to Join the Band (429 Records, 2008)--it's almost impossible to believe that Little Feat is getting ready ...

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Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990

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The first time you hear the jny: Los Angeles band Little Feat, you might think it springs from the same southern loam as the Allman Brothers Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd. Listen a little deeper and you'll hear something more off-kilter and easily as distinctive, whether it's the complicated rhythm supplied by Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne or the weird, frequently surreal lyrics of Lowell George, the band's founder and guiding spirit during what many consider its best years. Little Feat, a definitively mercurial group, never achieved the success it deserved, and leadership issues setting ...

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Ben Fong-Torres: Willin’ - The Story of Little Feat

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Willin': The Story of Little Feat Ben Fong-Torres 298 pages ISBN: 0306821311 Da Capo Press 2013 Musically speaking, Southern California in the late-1960s, early- 1970s was the musical post-hippie equivalent of impressionist Paris in the late nineteenth century. So dense was the musical talent in the Los Angeles area, that reading any history of it would have you believe there was a Frank Zappa or the Eagles on every corner across the San Fernando Valley. But the scene was way bigger than that. For every Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne carving their ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Little Feat: Little Rock, AR, September 10, 2012

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Little FeatRevolution RoomLittle Rock, ARSeptember 12, 2012 Mother Nature finally exhaled, and the brutal Southern Summer of 2012 came to a curious end, producing what passed for an electric blue Monday evening. The temperature and humidity were both blessedly low and sitting on the sidewalk of Little Rock's River Market District was enjoyable, if not complete bliss. A 40-year old urban renewal promise, the River Market District is one of the things the city leaders got right. Once a bustling downtown area through the postwar period, Little Rock's urban heartbeat began its westward migration ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Little Feat: Rooster Rag

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Too often lumped in with jam bands like Phish, String Cheese Incident or Widespread Panic, Little Feat more properly belongs with The Allman Brothers Band, which developed a greater popularity early on before settling in for largely improvisatory concerts based on its own band book and covers. Little Feat diverge from the ABB in that it has released two studio albums of new material, 2003's Kickin' it At the Barn (Hot Tomato) and the present Rooster Rag, to the Brothers' 2003 Hittin' The Note (Sanctuary). Rooster Rag reveals the same sophistication of all post-Lowell George-era Little Feat ...

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Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus

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Little Feat Waiting for Columbus Warner Bros. Records 1978 ...He's got two degrees in Bebop, a Ph.D in Swing, he's the master of rhythm, he's a rock and roll king?" The art of slide guitar, that method of playing using a metal or glass tube and sliding it on guitar strings typically tuned to an open chord, such as Gmaj or Emaj, achieved its modern quasar in the Allman Brothers Band's leader, Duane Allman. He emerged, as if shot from a cannon, revolutionizing the style between 1968 and his death in ...

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Little Feat: Skin It Back: Live in Germany

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Little Feat Skin It Back: Live in Germany Eagle Vison 2009

When the original four-man lineup of Little Feat splintered, founding members guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lowell George, keyboardist/vocalist Bill Payne and drummer/vocalist Richie Hayward enlisted percussionistSam Clayton, bassist Kenny Gradney (from Delaney and Bonnie's band) and guitarist Paul Barrere, at the same time adopting an approach rooted in the second-line rhythm of the Meters. Little wonder then Payne takes a piano solo in the middle of “Dixie Chicken" that owes as much to Professor Longhair as Huey Meaux.

This lineup of the group had as firm ...

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Little Feat at A Taste of Colorado

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Little Feat A Taste of Colorado Denver August 29, 2008

About half way through “Spanish Moon" I started thinking about the concept that I didn't really need to be at this show because I just saw Little Feat back in May and again last summer. But isn't that kind of like saying, “I just had dinner last night, why have it again tonight?" Look, if one of your all-time favorite bands from the 70s is playing a free outdoor show on a beautiful summer night only 30 minutes from your house, you go! ...

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Little Feat: Join The Band

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Little Feat Join The Band 429 Records 2008

The album title Join The Band derives from an entrance processional Little Feat sang a cappella when taking the stage during those high holy days with guitarist Lowell George. A rendition may be heard opening the band's famous live recording, Waiting For Columbus (Warner Bros, 1978). Lowell, of course, passed in 1979.

Thirty years later, the phrase is resurrected as the title of the present disc. Keyboard player Bill Payne opines that Join The Band is a summation of Little Feat's nearly 40-year career. ...

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Little Feat in Little Rock

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Little Feat Riverfront Amphitheater Little Rock, Arkansas June 11, 2007

During early June in Little Rock, it is nearly impossible not to anticipate John Milton's scorching, punishing Hell (Chain'd on the burning Lake) that is surely to come in August. But this particular spring night on the bank of the Arkansas River is far from Paradise Lost. In fact, conditions could not have been more perfect when Little Feat took the Riverfront Amphitheater stage for yet another stop on its nearly 40-year musical journey.

Little Feat has a special connection with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Little Feat: Barnstormin Live Volumes One + Two

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Little Feat whet our appetite with the release of Barnstormin' Live, Volume One last year. A second volume has just been released and the two have been packaged together. Since the band's reformation in 1988, it has released numerous live recordings, including the archival releases Raw Tomatoes, Volume 1 & Ripe Tomatoes, Volume 1 and three contemporary live recordings, High Wire Act Live in St. Louis, Down Upon the Suwannee River and Live at Rams Head. These recent live recordings differ dramatically from the touchstone Lowell George-era Waiting for Columbus, which was known for its sinewy mixing, resulting from LG's ...

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Little Feat: Barnstormin Live, Volume 1

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Little Feat remains one of the more enduring bands to have emerged out of the 1970s. This endurance is manifest in both the group's longevity and continually fresh creativity. Since leaving the major label realm and starting Hot Tomato Records, the band has released numerous archival (Raw Tomatoes, Volume 1 & Ripe Tomatoes, Volume 1) and contemporary recordings (High Wire Act Live in St. Louis, Kickin' It at the Barn, Down Upon the Suwannee River, and Live at Rams Head) of note.

Barnstormin' Live, Volume 1 documents LF's 2004 tour of the same title. It represents a departure ...

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Little Feat: Highwire Act Live in St. Louis 2003

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Little Feat Highwire Act Live in St. Louis 2003 Hot Tomato 2004

Little Feat and the Allman Brothers Band have much in common. Both bands incurred losses of integral personnel (Lowell George in the case of Little Feat and Duane Allman in the case of the Allman Brothers Band). Both bands realized a fallow, sub-productive period following these losses. And both bands emerged from the 20th Century with a second wind that can be boasted by few other rock groups founded in the late 1960s. Corporately, both bands took creative control of their band ...

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Little Feat: Kickin' It at the Barn

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Kickin' It at the Barn is Little Feat's first studio album since 2000?s Chinese Work Songs. Its release and promotion coincided with the 2003 full acoustic tour and appropriately so. The disc is replete with acoustic numbers and represents quite a departure from recent recordings. Thus,Children, this is not your parents' Little Feat. This is a band that has moved on, its players digging deeper into their own muse, their creativity expanding horizontally into areas hitherto unaddressed. The disc is initiated with “Night On the Town," an acoustic juggernaut fueled by Paul ...



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