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In his preface to a recent Little Feat retrospective compilation, the band's Paul Barrere wrote, “It's almost 33 years ago exactly since Mr. [Lowell] George came to the front door of the Laurel Canyon house I was livin' in, with that beautiful white “p” bass in hand, and asked if I wanted to try out as bass player for his new band. As most who know the story's end can tell you, as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist, and 3 years later--when I finally began my stint in Little Feat-- I would never have guessed that I would be here writing these liner notes to yet another chapter in the now storied life of a band that has been my life, and a true labor of love.”

Truth is, there really is no story's end yet, and Little Feat have indeed led a storied life ever since they formed in 1969. From then on, their unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs--clearly delivered as an authentic labor of love--has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape. As American as apple pie--and rock 'n roll itself--Feat's music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat's own.

That story is about to add a major new chapter--the 2008 release of Join the Band, a very special project in Feat's history. Keyboardist Bill Payne came up with the idea of a CD that included many things, but featured major Little Feat hit songs as played by a band that included Feat and some very special friends. When you have friends like Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Vince Gill, Mike Gordon (Phish), and Inara George (band founder Lowell's daughter)--you have musical treasure in your hands. Join the Band is going to make some noise.

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Album Dixie Chicken by Little Feat

Dixie Chicken

Warner Bros.
2016

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Album Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990 by Little Feat

Little Feat Rad...

Warner Bros.
2014

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Album Rooster Rag by Little Feat

Rooster Rag

Hot Tomato
2012

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Album Join The Band by Little Feat

Join The Band

Savoy Jazz
2008

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Album Barnstormin by Little Feat

Barnstormin

Hot Tomato
2006

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Album Barnstormin by Little Feat

Barnstormin

Hot Tomato
2005

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