Little Feat were formed in 1969 in L.A. by guitarist/singer/songwriter Lowell George, fresh from his stint with Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Making up the numbers of his new band were keyboardist Bill Payne, bassist Roy Estrada (a bandmate from The Mothers) and drummer Richie Hayward (who had played with George in The Factory a few years earlier).
They were signed to Warner Bros. Records, and their debut album came out in early 1971. A modest offering, it consisted of quirky blues-based southern rock. Lowell George's distinctive vocals and slide guitar gave the band a unique sound even at this early stage. Musical guests include pedal steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow (of the Flying Burrito Brothers) on one track, and slide guitarist Ry Cooder on another two.
|> Sailin' Shoes (1972)
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