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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 11:06 AM
Saw the FEAT last night at Westbury musiicfair on Long Island,N.Y..And man what a show!!You could tell this was goin' to be a good one.After a excelllent opening of"Callin' the children home" Up next was Spanish moon into Skin it back the band was HOT!! Red streamliner,Roll um Easy+ Mercenary territory was just a few highlightes of the show.LITTLE FEAT a must if they are coming to your area.ENJOY!!

 

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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 12:12 PM
I love the Lowell George era Feat. How many original members are left?

I just got a copy of Lowell George's final show at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC, 6/28/79. Apparently he died in his hotel room right after the show. Although it's not superior quality, that fact just makes this show that more interesting and eerie.

 

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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 01:46 PM
"LITTLE FEAT a must if they are coming to your area."

I TOTALLY agree, High!

Bill Payne & Richie Hayward are the 2 members left from "the original four". Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton & Kenny Gradney are still around from the '72 additions.

LOVE The Feat!

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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 02:20 PM
Its amazing that the current line-up has stayed basically intact (minus George) for the last 35 years. They have also added multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett and female vocalist Shawn Murphy, who sings mostly harmony and does a fine job.
I had the pleasure of catching the band earlier this year and was thoroughly impressed. They aren't just a nostalgia act. They are, in my opinion, one of the finest blues-boogie "jam" bands going today.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 04:39 AM
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Its amazing that the current line-up has stayed basically intact (minus George) for the last 35 years.
Mule, Lowell broke up Little Feat in 1979. (The official band website, linked way below, doesn't quite admit this.) Since he had been the leader since the beginning, that was it for Little Feat. The only way they could get back together was if Lowell wanted them to.

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Left: Little Feat way back when: (L-R) Ritchie Hayward (drums), Lowell George (slide guitar), Sam Clayton (percussion), Paul Barrere (seated; guitar), Kenny Gradney (bass), Bill Payne (keyboards). Everybody did some vocals except for Kenny, but Lowell did most, followed by Paul.
Bigger B&W one from the same shoot:

http://www.backingtheunderdog.com/uploads/Unsung/LittleFeat.jpg

Right: Feat these days: Dunno (prob. a road mgr.), ditto, Fred (green shirt; guitar, mandolin, trumpet), Sam, Shaun (vocals, tambourine, etc.), Kenny (very uncharacteristic), Bill, Ritchie, Paul. Paul does most of the vocals these days.
Gigantic version of this photo:

http://www.johnnyschott.com/Festival%20in%20Sycamore,%20Little%20Feat.jpg

Coincidentally, Lowell died in June 1979 (coincidentally, the day I first caught the Allman Brothers Band live), so that was that.

Or was it? In 1988 the surviving ex-Feat reunited, adding lead vocalist Craig Fuller and guitar-etc.-ist Fred Tackett. So, that's 18 years ago. This lineup produced the great song "Let It Roll" on the album of the same name that year. Their performance of this song at a local fest August 26 was tremendous. You wouldn't believe how good Paul has gotten on straight lead guitar.
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They have also added multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett and female vocalist Shawn Murphy, who sings mostly harmony and does a fine job.
Fuller left after a 1991 album. Shaun Murphy came aboard in 1993. Shaun has a couple lead features, too, besides harmonies on the rest.
http://www.littlefeat.net/documents/71.html
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I had the pleasure of catching the band earlier this year and was thoroughly impressed. They aren't just a nostalgia act. They are, in my opinion, one of the finest blues-boogie "jam" bands going today.
Mule, I caught them two Saturdays ago (8.26), and here's where I start agreeing completely with you!

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 04:53 AM
Here's a real nice Paul Barrere interview from a few years ago:
http://www.digitalinterviews.com/digitalinterviews/views/barrere.shtml



Paul and Kenny.
We didn't get to the fest stage early 8.26, but eventually this is just about the view I had. In fact, I was closer to the center. Another important difference : Paul's amp read

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P.s. A bunch of stuff has been added to the previous post, too.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 07:09 PM
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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 09:53 PM
I was fortunate to catch Feat twice this summer- one was a free show in NYC. Both were hot, rocking and lots of fun. Sam Clayton sings a mean 44 Blues... They even covered Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, like you have never heard it done.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 10:14 PM
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Saw the FEAT last night at Westbury musiicfair on Long Island,N.Y..And man what a show!!You could tell this was goin' to be a good one.After a excelllent opening of"Callin' the children home" Up next was Spanish moon into Skin it back the band was HOT!! Red streamliner,Roll um Easy+ Mercenary territory was just a few highlightes of the show.LITTLE FEAT a must if they are coming to your area.ENJOY!!


They're no where near me this time around, but I sure would love to see them again. I saw them open for the ABB in Daytona Beach about 15 years ago

Roll Um Easy is one of my favorite songs. Short and beautiful.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 04:02 PM
Hey Feat fans, the band is playing for FREE in the Oneida Casino Lounge, Green Bay, on Sept. 13 at 7:30. It's the same place ABB played last week, but inside the lounge vs in the tent. It's a week night & a long drive for some of you, but worth checking out.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 05:37 PM
There's some good Little Feat concerts available for download on internet archives. I kinda like the Pual Barrere and Fred Tackett acoustic duo.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 05:38 PM
Oh **** it punkinpie's son

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 06:39 PM
I wondered when I would get dragged into this. LOL

No relation to pumpkinpie, crew or hoever he is.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 06:56 PM
He can't be pumpkinpie:

1. He uses both upper and lower case, puncutation, and can spell (mostly).
2. He didn't insult Dan for his comment.
3. He hasn't asked for any free shows.
4. I hope his house hasn't burned down.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 07:18 PM
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They're no where near me this time around, but I sure would love to see them again.
Rebecca, the closest they might get to you is their big week-and-a-half-long party in Jamaica this winter:
http://www.littlefeat.net/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=10&sid=6a15c77db4214c32b68 75b7af30951c5
Ya, aloha, mon!

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Left: Paul and Lowell back in the day.
Right: "Little Feat Red Hook Brewery {Woodinville, WA} July 2005": Paul, Sam, and Kenny.


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Hey Feat fans, the band is playing for FREE in the Oneida Casino Lounge, Green Bay, on Sept. 13 at 7:30. It's the same place ABB played last week, but inside the lounge vs in the tent. It's a week night & a long drive for some of you, but worth checking out.
Not to discourage Wisconsin tourism, mmertens , but some folks who wouldn't go to Green Bay might just catch this the next night (still a weeknight):
"Thu - Sep 14, 2006, Lincolnshire, IL, Cubby Bear North"
http://www.littlefeat.net/documents/tour.php

Page of great photos from 2006:
http://www.featphoto.net/NOLA%205-06/NOLA06.htm

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 07:32 AM
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He can't be pumpkinpie:

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Oh, and if you’re a musician bring your gear so we can get a jam going.

 

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He can't be pumpkinpie:

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2. He didn't insult Dan for his comment.
3. He hasn't asked for any free shows.
4. I hope his house hasn't burned down.
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Just want to set the record straight. I'm not affiliated with the vine killer in any way, (except in similarity of screen names) I been a member of this site for over a year now. I don't trade, I download most of my music. (legally of course) you will not find me on any vines. I live in central New York. I've been a New Yorker all my life. And if there's any doubters in the vicinity, I would like to invite them up here and we can discuss this face to face.

Oh, and if you’re a musician bring your gear so we can get a jam going.


Too bad you don't trade, you could send us all your best shows, to make up for all the shows and killed vines from PP!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 03:48 PM
This was/is a great band. I'm not sure they get the recognition they deserve. Somehow Lowell George doesn't rank among the top 100 guitar players on the Rolling Stone list.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 05:30 PM
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This was/is a great band. I'm not sure they get the recognition they deserve. Somehow Lowell George doesn't rank among the top 100 guitar players on the Rolling Stone list.


That's eFFin' criminal, but what do you expect from Rolling Stone. Lowell was a singer and songwriter and slide guitar innovartor of incredible importance and brilliance. I LOVE him, and the Feat records with Lowell are some of the best rock records of the early '70s. They always sounded like Duane Allman jamming with the Band to me, which is, um kinda great!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 09:09 PM
I can vouch for Punknseed. He's a good guy & delivers on his word. In fact, I received a freebie from him today. By the way, Mark, your discs are in the mail (finally!!)
 

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  posted on 9/6/2006 at 09:57 AM
What was the reason for Craig Fuller's departure? Let It Roll was a great album all the way through with Craig singing all or near all the cuts. The next album (was it Remembering the Mambo?) Craig was regulated to background vocals if at all. He was gone after that. Never understood the reason, but it sure sounds like sour grapes to me.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2006 at 12:54 PM
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What was the reason for Craig Fuller's departure?
Charlesinator, I just recently read some Little Feat answer that Fuller has a rich wife to support him, so he didn't want to be out on the road so much anymore! Let's see if I can find that . . .

I was wondering if you knew if Craig Fuller was still with the band or not.

No. Apparently there was an amicable departure. According to the liner notes on Ain't Had Enough Fun: "mister fuller decided that the road life was not for him"

Fred Tackett wrote this in response to a similar question posted on the Little Feat listserv:
"Craig did indeed want to stay at home. He had just had a new baby girl and wanted to get off the road and hang. He doesn't need to be on the road for financial considerations. He has a doctor for a wife, lucky man. So It was very amicable. We are still good friends. There is always a little resentment when a close friend says he doesn't want to hang out with you anymore, even if there is a good reason. But be assured that Craig is still loved by all in the band.

http://www.littlefeat.net/documents/59.html
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Let It Roll was a great album all the way through with Craig singing all or near all the cuts. The next album (was it Remembering the Mambo?) Craig was regulated to background vocals if at all. He was gone after that. Never understood the reason, but it sure sounds like sour grapes to me.

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Left: Gradney, Clayton, Tackett, Barrere, Fuller, Payne, Hayward
Right: Last album with Fuller


After Let It Roll (1988), Little Feat had Representing the Mambo (1990) and Shake Me Up (1991), which was Fuller's last with the band. I'm not real familiar with these last two albums, Charlesinator, but it's my understanding that some fans thought Fuller sounded too much like Lowell George--but of course he wasn't Lowell, so that frustrated people and made them miss the old Feat and dismiss the reformed version. I don't know whether this was a widely occurring feeling or whether it factored in Fuller's departure in any way.
http://www.littlefeat.net/documents/39.html#craig
http://www.amazon.com/Shake-Me-Up-Little-Feat/dp/B0000042MM/sr=1-1/qid=1157 564068/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6639110-5465650?ie=UTF8&s=music

 

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  posted on 9/7/2006 at 07:47 AM
Pete, thanks for the reply. I'm glad that there is no bad feeling between the band and Craig and that Craig is one of the few musicians who don't have to rely on their talents to feed the family. Lol! I loved Let It Roll and felt that the Feat were poised to return to the glory days. Man I think I'm going to pick up a copy of that again and relisten to it. Great songs, great singing and great playing. Those fans who complained that Fuller sounded a little too much like Lowell are probably the same ones complaining about Shaun singing "Fat Man In The Bathtub." Lol!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2006 at 07:15 PM
Little Feat rules! What a great band. Going to see them right down the street from me in Harrisburg, PA in November. I try to see them at least once a year.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2006 at 12:55 PM
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Pete, thanks for the reply. I'm glad that there is no bad feeling between the band and Craig and that Craig is one of the few musicians who don't have to rely on their talents to feed the family. Lol!
Charlesinator, I guess that's the next-most-convenient thing to being independently wealthy. Maybe that's "dependently" wealthy.
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Those fans who complained that Fuller sounded a little too much like Lowell are probably the same ones complaining about Shaun singing "Fat Man In The Bathtub." Lol!
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Left: Shaun singing with Little Feat in Finland, 2004.07.03.
Though it was July, all the members of the headlining Feat are bundled up; crowd shots show it was overcast and rainy. I guess since this was inside or close to the Arctic Circle, it could actually be later in the "evening," and colder, even though the sky was bright. Following: Fantastic flurry of photos from that fine Finnish festival:
http://www.juhaseila.com/Puistoblues%202004/

Right: "Lowell George and Richie Hayward
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1973
Photo: Ben Pagac (copyright)"

This short page also has Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and Bonnie Raitt playing with the Feat:
http://users.erols.com/bpagac/lowell.html

Yeah, there are always going to be the complainers. The good thing for Shaun is that since her voice is so different, people aren't going to be reminded of Lowell so much.

 

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