In the late 70’s, my favorite band was Little Feat. The Lowell George led band blared from my stereo, night and day. Lowell’s untimely death in 1979 was like the loss of a good friend. (Ridiculous, but true.) Fool that I am, I didn’t keep up with the band after George’s last recording with them. Waiting for Columbus was my last album (and later CD). My kids grew up singing Oh Atlanta as Little Feat blared from car stereos. (Oh Atlanta was a Bill Payne song – sung by this great keyboard player.)
Liam, the killer guitar player in the family, is a huge Feat fan. (Li’s in good company, he tells me Dave Matthews is also a fan.) He loves George’s playing – and that of Paul Barrere, the other Feat guitarist. Two great guitar players who never walked on each other.
I decided two nights ago (while in Toronto with broadband) to visit iTunes. And bought the best-selling Feat album ever, Let It Roll – recorded almost ten years after Lowell George’s death. (I also bought three tracks from George’s Thanks, I’ll Eat it Here album – the great 20 Million Things to Do reverberates from my Logitech USB powered speakers as I write this.) Let It Roll features Craig Fuller, the lead vocalist from Pure Prairie League – one of my favorite country-rock bands from the ’70’s. The album is great – I can’t believe I never listened to it.
If you’re a fan of DMB or the Red Hot Chili Peppers, you owe it to yourself to check out Little Feat.