Although I was a tad disappointed that the Halloween album wasn’t Physical Graffiti, Waiting Foe Columbus is certainly a killer album. I actually can’t think of too many live albums that sound fresher, crisper and ALIVE! Long live Lowell George and Paul Barrere. Here’s a download I posted back in ’08.
Slide guitar extraordinnaire Lowell George, passed on this date in 1979. After a brief stint with Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention, George founded Little Feat (named for his small, fat feet), whom he triumphantly lead throughout the 70′s. George also tried his hand at producing, most famously taking the helm for the Dead’s Shakedown Street. Here’s a ripping “Dixie Chicken” from 1977:
Click here to check out Little Feat at Ultrasonic Studios from ’74.
Socket wrench slide guitar player Lowell George was born on this date in 1945. George founded Little Feat and also produced the Grateful Dead’s album, Shakedown Street. Click here to stream/download a 1974 Little Feat from Hempstead Studios in NY and here to download a 1975 show from Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. He died in 1979 at the age of 34.
Skin It Back
One Love Stand
Rock & Roll Doctor
On Your Way Down
Juliete > Jam
Day Or Night
All That You Dream
Tripe Face Boogie
Feats Don’t Fail Me Now
Willin’ > Band & Guest Intro
Teenage Nervous Breakdown
Talking to Bill Payne is like entering an eternal past, a rare preservation of the peace-addled 1970s music era carried over into what he calls the “pop prism” of the 21st century. As a founding member of Little Feat, he is unabashedly sentimental, strikingly intelligent and he believes sincerely in the power of words, art and, of course, music. He has a loyal respect for the music community, which he discusses, without hierarchy or pretense, as a bunch of guys who like to get together and play music. The impression he gives is not one of history, but of timelessness.
“We’ve had The Rolling Stones sit on the side of the stage and watch us. We’ve had the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia watching us,” he says in his unique, almost stream-of-consciousness style that evokes emotions more than structured thought. “Brahms used to call it the ‘footsteps of giants.’ For him it was Beethoven, Hayden, Mozart; for me it was Zappa, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Ray Charles. Keith Richards said to me once, ‘Oh mate, we’re all part of the same thing.’ He was saying, ‘Welcome to the club. You dig us, and we dig you guys, too.’ What a concept.” Continue Reading…
Originally taken from Robert Palmer’s excellent 1974 album of the same name, this was the third song in a three song suite that started off with “Sailing Shoes”, moved into “Hey Julia” and climaxed with “Sneaking Sally..” Arguably Robert Palmer’s strongest album, it was in fact his solo debut and he was ably backed by The Meters, then at their peak, as well as, Lowell George of Little Feat, who wrote “Sailing Shoes”.
Here’s Phish playing “Sneaking” at their Halloween show in 1998:
This was recorded at Ultrasonic Studios and has amazing clarity, especially considering it’s (egad!) 34 years old.
1: Rock n’ Roll Doctor
2: Two Trains
3: The Fan
4: On Your Way Down
5: Spanish Moon >
6: Skin It Back >
7: Fat Man In The Bath Tub
8: Oh Atlanta
(YOU MUST GET THIS NOW!!!)
On September 20, Little Feat will travel to Little Rock, AR to perform at the Clinton Presidential Center as part of the first annual American Classic’s Festival. This year’s festival celebrates the world premiere opening of the Art of the Chopper Exhibit at the Clinton Library and will feature a March of Dimes’ Bikers for Babies ride, a Rib Rally on the River and a performance by the seminal jam-rock band outside on the Presidential Library’s Great Lawn. And check out their new album, Join The Band.
The new release from 429 records is Little Feat’s “Join The Band“. Produced by Jimmy Buffet, this is an album that has an amazing assortment of guest stars playing with Little Feat, featuring: Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon, Jimmy Buffet, Vince Gill, Chris Robinson, Bela Fleck, Bob Seger (deep breath) Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Brooks & Dunn and Sonny Landreth. Most of the ‘Feat’s crowd pleasers are here, along with The Band’s,”The Weight” and Woody Guthrie’s, “This Land Is Your Land”. After a couple of listens, there are certainly songs that jump out at you more than others. A fine example of this is Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush and Bela Fleck’s take on “Sailin’ Shoes”. A few more of the standouts are Mike Gordon’s guesting on “This Land Is Your Land” and Bela Fleck’s on “The Weight”. My only complaint is longing for a grittier vocal take on “Dixie Chicken”.
The album is flawlessly produced and couldn’t have been possible without Little Feat’s amazing prowess as a powerhouse groove machine, good time band. Perfect execution and clean, sharp chops on top of a bouncy rhythym section make this a highly recommended album. I just wish that I had it earlier in the summer, as it is perfect beach music. Link to purchase
August 26th will see the release of Little Feat’s new album, “Join The Band”.
The album will feature: Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon, Jimmy Buffett, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Chris Robinson, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth amongst others. The album will feature several of the band’s most loved tracks, including: Dixie Chicken, Willin’, Time Loves A Hero, Fat Man In The Bathtub, Oh Atlanta, Spanish Moon, Sailin’ Shoes, etc. it will be released by 429 Records.
Lowell George and Little Feat rippin’ it up in Atlanta in 1975.
2. Skin it Back
3. One Love Stand
4. Rock & Roll Doctor
5. Oh Atlanta
6. On Your Way Down
8. Day Or Night
9. All That You Dream
10. Dixie Chicken
11. Tripe Face Boogie
12. Feats Don’t Fail Me Now *
13. Willin’? *
14. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
* w/ bonnie raitt
Performed on The Midnight Special in 1977.
Check out that slide guitar. Lowell George was the man!