Saturday, January 20, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Though Warner Bros. Records tried to sell Little Feat as just another Southern Fried rock band, the group was actually from Los Angeles and founding members guitarist Lowell George & bassist Roy Estrada were in Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Drummer Richie Hayward & pianist Bill Payne were the other members. After their first two albums didn't sell, Estrada was replaced by bassist Kenny Gradney. Guitarist Paul Barrere & percussionist Sam Clayton were added and their classic 1973 album Dixie Chicken was the result. If it sounds like a Meters album, that's because George was heavily into New Orleans R & B at the time. Little Feat toured a lot and built a reputation as a great live act. And here's Little Feat performing Dixie Chicken at the Rainbow Theatre in London Aug. 3, 1977. Though Lowell George was a very talented guitarist and composer, his increased drug use got him into trouble with the other guys and as things regressed, Barrere & Payne wrote most of Little Feat's material. George disbanded Little Feat in 1978 and died while touring to promote his solo album of a heart attack on June 29, 1979 at age 34. Little Feat reformed in 1988 but of course it's not the same without George. They's still recording and touring today.