Little Feat - Dixie Chicken (1973)

Little Feat are an American rock band originally formed in 1969 by Lowell George.

Little Feat underwent some lineup changes for their third album. Original bassist Roy Estrada was replaced by Kenny Gradney, and they gained an extra two members in percussionist Sam Clayton and guitarist Paul Barrere, joining founding members Lowell George, Bill Payne and Richie Hayward for a new six-man lineup.
Dixie Chicken developed their sound in a new direction, the re-figured rhythm section letting them lock into funkier rhythms. The use of two guitarists and a keyboard player gave each member much more freedom, resulting in brilliantly tight but laid-back grooves. Though New Orleans-styled funk influences were becoming evident, they still retained an earthy rootsiness in keeping with their music's blues roots. At this stage Lowell George was still very much in command, both as songwriter and lead singer. He also produced the album. The album turned out to be their most successful so far, and is still considered one of their best works. It was here that the classic Little Feat sound was perfected.

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KDNYfm said...

Been a Feats fan ever since I heard Strawberry Flats on the Warner Bros. Sampler lp box -Looney Tunes. After all the years and all the albums, I still gravitate back to the Dixie Chicken album as a fave. Unfortunately I have to settle for what tunes appear on the CD set Hotcakes and Outtakes. Now I will once again be able to listen to the album in it's entirety again.
Interesting Note, also appearing on that GREAT Sampler box, was John Sebastian - who covered Dixie chicken on his wonderful Tarzana Kid lp. That would be a great addition to the long list of American Icons appearing on your Blog!
Thanx for sharing!

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edison61 said...

Thanks again. These will keep me company on a long, snowy commute to work this morning.....