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

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The last third of the book is devoted to the band after their reformation in 1988: the Craig Fuller period, the Shaun Murphy period, the death of original drummer Richie Hayward with drumming duties going to Gabe Ford and the final set up. Gratefully, Fong-Torres focuses on band member Fred Tackett, a Little Rock, Arkansas native who was on the Feat scene from the very beginnings, contributing songwriting to Dixie Chicken ("Fool Yourself"), Thanks, I'll Eat It Here ("Honest Man" and "Find a River") and Down On The Farm ("Be One Now"). Tackett remains a band member since 1988 and a full-fledged songwriter for the band, in addition to being a go-to studio hand for the last 40 years. He warrants his own book. Willin': The Story of Little Feat is a love letter to the technical and temporal value of music made during a golden time. While admired by many, Little Feat never achieved the warranted respect. Fong-Torres' book goes a long way to correct that.

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