Forty years into an iconic career that has produced dozens of wonderful songs and a host of admiring musical peers, Little Feat has united the two with a new release, "JOIN THE BAND," that features some of their classic tunes -- "Fat Man in the Bathtub," "Dixie Chicken," "Sailing Shoes," "Oh, Atlanta" -- re-recorded with creative friends like Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffett among many others (see above), as well as new material like Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
A distinctive and eclectic blend of rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie, Little Feat's musical style was forged when Lowell George was fired from Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and told to form his own band. Bill Payne, Richie Hayward and Roy Estrada joined with him to create Little Feat, a band that would continue recording, touring and transcending musical boundaries long after the tragic and premature death of its founder. "LITTLE FEAT: JOIN THE BAND" is in stores August 26th on 429 Records.
"JOIN THE BAND" was an idea born in 2004 just after original Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne had played on Jimmy Buffett's chart topping album, "License to Chill." Jimmy suggested flying the band out to his Shrimp Boat Sound studios in Key West to put together the all star project that had been planned for years prior. With the production team of Payne and Buffett associates Mac McAnally and Alan Schulman in place, the project began to take shape.
Just as it was impossible to easily categorize the sound of Little Feat, "JOIN THE BAND" is a true collaboration amongst stellar talents -- the current members of Little Feat, including Billy Payne ( keyboards), Richie Hayward (drums), Paul Barrere (guitar), Sam Clayton (Percussion), Kenny Gradney (bass), Fred Tackett (guitar) and Shaun Murphy (vocals), would often provide backup on songs sending tracks to artists giving them full reign over their contribution. Some songs such as Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" feature Little Feat members on vocals with guest artists Mike Gordon from Phish laying down the bass. The resulting confluence of Feat, Phish, Guthrie, blues folk and gospel creates a musical gem unique to the spirit of "JOIN THE BAND."
LITTLE FEAT: JOIN THE BAND" song credits:
Lead vocals are listed in order of appearance
"Dixie Chicken" (Vince Gill, Paul Barrere), "Something in the Water" (Bob Seger), "See You Later Alligator" (Paul Barrere; Shaun Murphy), "Fat Man in the Bathtub" (Dave Matthews), "Champion of the World" (Paul Barrere, Jimmy Buffett), "The Weight" (Paul Barrere), "Don't You Just Know It" (Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton, Shaun Murphy), "Time Loves a Hero" (Jimmy Buffett, Bill Payne), "Willin'" (Ronnie Dunn, Kicks Brooks), "This Land Is Your Land" (Paul Barrere, Shaun Murphy), "Oh Atlanta" (Chris Robinson, Bill Payne), "Spanish Moon"
(Sam Clayton, Craig Fuller), "Trouble" (Inara George), "Sailing Shoes" (Emmylou Harris, Shaun Murphy, Paul Barrere)
Little Feat will be on tour throughout the Summer and Fall of 2008
(Thanks to Max Nordez - Iwelcom)