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Little Feat: Dixie Chicken

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A lot has been written about Dixie Chicken over the last few decades, so there's perhaps not all that much more this listener can add to the discussion. Yes, it has another great album cover by the late Neon Parks, a painter whose name has become synonymous with the band itself. And yes, the LP found Little Feat at a creative peak, pulling off a collection of songs that are as good if not superior to anything they had done ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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' ...


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 ...


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 ...

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